Public Safety: Police, Fire, Sheriff
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A-Shift: Station 12 — 24 Hours with Henrico (Running time: 31 minutes) — Ever wonder what it’s really like to be a firefighter? It’s not all guts and glory; there are plenty of chores on top of the emergency response. HCTV takes you inside the often misunderstood reality of first responders. You’ll experience a 24-hour shift at Station 12: a “typical” day in the life of Henrico’s firefighters.
Badge of Protection: The Henrico Sheriff’s Office [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 26 minutes) — The Henrico Sheriff’s Office has served the county since 1634. Today, its responsibilities include court security, jail security, and serving the civil process. See how the deputies go above and beyond the call to serve and protect the citizens of Henrico.
Be Ready Henrico: Disaster Preparation (Running time: 18 minutes) — Natural or man-made disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. The potential for hurricanes, tornados, droughts, blizzards, flooding, or terrorism can hit Henrico at a moments notice. Are you ready? If you have to evacuate or shelter in place, does your family have a plan and a disaster kit? HCTV’s Be Ready Henrico: Disaster Preparation shows you how to be prepared and keep your family safe when disaster strikes.
Breaking Through: The Women of Henrico Police (Running time: 23 minutes) — Police work was once considered a man’s domain, but since 1965 Henrico has led the way in hiring women as police officers. Henrico’s first female police officer broke through the barrier more than a decade before Virginia’s State Police included women in their ranks. Join HCTV as we talk with some of Henrico’s women on the force — past and present — and hear their stories.
Bullying (Running time: 19 minutes) — More than 13 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. HCTV explores why bullying occurs and what our community can do to combat this disturbing social issue. Henrico County’s commonwealth’s attorney, school resource officers, guidance counselors, principals and young people speak about their experiences and why bullying is on the rise in our country.
Calling to Serve, A: Henrico Police [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 16 minutes) — Do you ever wish you could do more to serve and protect your community? Do you hear a calling to be a Henrico police officer? Follow HCTV on a real world experience fighting crime and helping citizens — then decide if you should answer that call.
Chronicles of the 49th: The Henrico County Police Academy (Running Time: 45 minutes) — Henrico police officers serve through honor, professionalism, commitment, compassion, and accountability. The privilege of becoming one of Henrico’s finest first requires the completion of a long journey through the challenging police academy. HCTV takes you day-by-day through the entire 49th Police Academy, capturing the grueling training a recruit must endure to reach the goal of graduation. Police recruits relive their most exciting and demanding experiences in Chronicles of the 49th: The Henrico County Police Academy.
Community Resource Guide PSA (Running time: 3 minutes) — Is the neighbor’s dog barking driving you crazy? How about the loud muffler or tall weeds? Learn who to call to help resolve your community problems in this free resource guide.
Driving Force: Henrico’s Traffic Safety Unit (Running time: 27 minutes) — Henrico Police’s Traffic Safety Unit is completely focused on ensuring safety on the county’s roadways. Whether they’re investigating a crash, arresting a drunk driver, educating students or simply informing citizens of a new law, the 15 members of this unit are serious about traffic safety. Join HCTV as we look inside the Driving Force: Henrico’s Traffic Safety Unit.
Emergency! Henrico’s 911 Operations [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 19 minutes) — What happens after a call comes into Henrico’s 911 centers? Find out how quickly and effectively 911 works in this HCTV special.
Eye in the Sky: The Metro Aviation Unit (Running time: 23 minutes) — Those charged with the task of maintaining public safety go to great lengths — and great heights — to accomplish their goal. This is certainly true of one elite police unit headquartered at Richmond International Airport. The Metro Aviation Unit is a partnership between the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield and the City of Richmond. Pilots from each jurisdiction assist in a wide array of public safety functions over a landmass of more than 750 square miles with a population of nearly one million people. Fly along with HCTV as police pilots give us a spectacular view of what they do to keep us safe.
Firehouse Flashbacks [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 30 minutes) — Dalmatians, trumpets and wet beards all have something in common. Learn about Henrico’s fire history, traditions and legends as HCTV chronicles the evolution of firefighting in the county.
Four Legged Force, The: Life in Henrico’s K-9 Unit (Running time: 34 minutes) — Whether they’re chasing down the bad guy, tracking a trail, sniffing out drugs or alerting their handlers to explosives, some of the most dedicated and hard-working members of Henrico’s Division of Police also happen to be man’s best friend. Join HCTV as we take a look at Henrico’s canine unit, and meet the officers who work with their furry and feisty partners to help protect our citizens and solve crimes in The Four Legged Force: Life in Henrico’s K-9 Unit.
From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal (Running time: 23 minutes) — From finding the source of a fire and enforcing fire laws, to educating school children and inspecting businesses for fire safety, the Office of the Fire Marshal covers a diverse and extensive area of responsibility to ensure the safety of Henrico residents. HCTV follows the Fire Marshals in the field as they investigate for possible arson, train to use firearms, simulate a fire escape for kids, put an accelerant-detecting canine to work and more in From Investigation to Education: Inside the Office of the Fire Marshal.
Henrico Homicide: The Murder of Robert Lee Cox Jr. (Running time: 18 minutes) — On June 8, 2010 Robert Cox Jr. was violently murdered while sitting in his car listening to music. Henrico Police’s Homicide Unit is still searching for leads and raking through evidence, but they need your help. Any additional tip, no matter how small, may be just what these detectives need to solve this senseless murder. Join HCTV as we delve into this homicide case, talk to friends of the deceased, and meet the Henrico detectives who will not stop searching until the killer is brought to justice.
Henrico Police Animal Protection Unit (Running time: 22 minutes) — Each year close to 3,500 companion animals arrive at the Henrico Police Animal Shelter in need of a new home — dogs and cats, of course, but also guinea pigs, rabbits, ferrets and even goats and chickens. HCTV visits with area residents who have adopted these furry (and feathered) friends and talks to the officers of the Animal Protection Unit who work with the animals — both wild and domestic — in our neighborhoods every day.
Henrico Police Athletic League [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 25 minutes) — The Henrico Police Athletic League (PAL) provides a safe environment for at-risk children between the ages of 6 and 15. Through educational, athletic and social programs, PAL creates a positive relationship between police officers and young people. HCTV takes you inside the PAL program to experience the benefits and learn about the wide variety of opportunities for our young citizens.
Henrico Sheriff’s Summer Student Academy (Running time: 22 minutes) — The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office relies on scores of specially trained deputies to keep the county’s two jails running safely and efficiently. But in 2011, the rising cost of overtime had become a growing concern. And — it turns out — the mother of invention. The Sheriff’s Office partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University to establish the Summer-Student Basic Jailor Academy. Join HCTV as we explore how the academy has helped avoid hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime payments for the county, and has provided valuable, hands-on experience for students pursuing careers in criminal justice.
Henrico S.W.A.T.: Ready for the Call (Running time: 20 minutes) — When citizens have a problem they call the police, but when the police have a problem they call S.W.A.T. Feel the intensity as they push the envelope to make a dangerous situation safe. In a moment’s notice they are called to Henrico’s most alarming crises, but it’s all in a days work for the S.W.A.T team.
Inside the Firehouse [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 25 minutes) — An all-access pass to Henrico’s Division of Fire. Find out what it takes to become a firefighter, and experience a day in the life.
Joining Forces: The Henrico Citizens Police Academy [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 18 minutes) — Have you ever wanted to see what goes on during a hostage negotiation, or wondered what a police car costs? What’s the S.W.A.T. team, and what kind of equipment do they have available? HCTV follows average citizens like yourself through the Citizen’s Police Academy to show you how you can be a resource for your community.
Missing Pieces: Henrico Police Forensics Unit (Running time: 26 minutes) — The lives of the Henrico Forensics Unit team are far from the glamour of Hollywood. These investigators live in the reality of forensic science and they’ll do whatever it takes to solve the mysteries criminals leave behind. From 30-year-old murders to today’s criminal activities, HCTV takes you on a journey inside the minds of the investigators who spend their lives searching for the Missing Pieces.
Never Forget: Henrico’s Cold Cases (Running Time: 34 minutes) — Henrico County currently has more than 80 unsolved violent crimes, and the cold case unit needs your help. HCTV takes you inside two cases that have gone unsolved for years. First, we’ll explore the 1984 Hall-Margaret double murder that stunned a community and has baffled Henrico’s most experienced investigators since 1984. Then we’ll learn how DNA evidence has helped investigators get close to solving the 2001 shooting of Michael Edward Lowther. The Cold Case Unit may only be one phone call away from solving these cases and bringing closure to the families devastated by these horrific crimes. Never Forget.
Never Forget: Henrico Cold Cases — Marshall Ray Butler Homicide (Running time: 22 minutes) — Henrico County Currently has more than 80 unsolved crimes, and the cold case unit needs your help. New forensic technology has led to a break in the 1991 murder of 16-year-old Marshall Ray Butler. Investigators are now on the trail of a new suspect, and all they may need is one phone call to bring closure to this horrific unsolved homicide. Never Forget.
Never Forget III: Schantz-Ripka Cold Case (Running Time: 29 minutes) – On February 11, 1998 Allen Ripka and Shelly Schantz were brutally murdered in their western Henrico home. Henrico investigators had never seen a crime scene that lacked such vital forensic evidence, and after following every plausible lead, the crime remains unsolved. Henrico Police have not forgotten this double homicide, but they need the community’s help to bring closure to two families and a murderer to justice.
Never Forget: Cynthia Gilliam-Ford Cold Case (Running Time: 21 minutes) – Henrico Police discovered human skeletal remains wrapped in a blanket in a wooded area of the county. Evidence at the scene could not help identify the victim or lead police to a suspect. Nearly two decades later, a facial reconstruction sketch released to the media proved to be the key in uncovering the identity of this Jane Doe. Police are now hot on the trail of her killer and they need your help to find the murderer of Cynthia Gilliam-Ford. Never Forget.
Never Forget V: William Winston and Judson Calvin Homicides (Running Time: 19 minutes) – Two cousins murdered a year apart. Two lives cut short. Both were discovered by motorists along desolate roads in the county’s east end, shot multiple times. They ran with a rough crowd, and paid the ultimate price. Even though the murders occurred more than two decades ago, someone knows who killed these young men. With the public’s help and advances in forensic technology, Henrico Police may soon know as well. Never Forget.
Never Forget VI: Andrea Michelle Taylor Cold Case (Running Time: 25 minutes) ) — On Saturday, July 25th, 1998, Andrea Taylor was stabbed to death in Henrico County and her killer is still at large today. Join HCTV as we follow the police cold case unit’s reinvestigation of this horrible crime and learn how it may soon be solved. With new technology available and the possibility of new witnesses coming forward, Henrico police are actively pursuing justice for the person responsible.
Never Forget VII: Inez Childress Cold Case (Running Time: 21 minutes) ) — On September 17, 1994, 82 year-old great-grandmother Inez J. Childress was strangled and drowned in her own bathtub. The killer still remains at large, and police need your help in solving this horrific crime. Join HCTV as we talk to the Childress family members and original investigators on the scene of this homicide. One new lead for Henrico police may help to solve this crime and bring closure to the family. Never Forget.
Officer’s Duty, An: The History of Henrico Police [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 34 minutes) –Law enforcement in Henrico County reaches back to 1676. See how the Division of Police has evolved and developed through the decades as HCTV takes you through the history of communications, vehicles, weapons, crime and fallen officers.
Opportunity to Reform, An: The Laurel Industrial School and the History of Juvenile Corrections in Henrico (Running time: 33 minutes) –Few people traveling through Laurel on Hungary Road seem to notice that they’re in one of the county’s historic districts, or that they’re passing through the site of the state’s first reformatory. HCTV takes an investigative journey into the dramatic and complex history of the Laurel Industrial School, examines its legacy, and sheds light on its place on the path to modern juvenile justice.
Ready to Respond: Police and Fire Rescue at Richmond International Airport (Running time: 25 minutes) — An average of 3.2 million passengers travel through the gates of Richmond International Airport (RIC) each year, and RIC’s top notch Police and Fire Rescue departments are ready to respond to any call in order to make air travel as safe and effortless as possible. From flight security to post crash firefighting, these men and women are trained to turn difficult circumstances into positive outcomes. Join HCTV as we ride along with RIC’s public safety personnel in Ready to Respond: Police and Fire Rescue at Richmond International Airport.
Safe and Sound: Henrico’s Security Services (Running time: 15 minutes) — Henrico Security Services is a twenty-four hour a day, seven day a week operation, ensuring the safety of visitors to our county. A security officer is often the first person a visitor encounters when entering a county building. From giving directions to patrolling and monitoring all county properties day and night, Henrico security officers are well trained to provide excellent customer service. They are proficient in the use of firearms and other devices, as well as de-escalation techniques for public safety. Whenever you have the need to visit a Henrico County facility, rest assured you are safe and sound, and our Security Officers are there to help.
Safe Waters Ahead: Henrico’s Marine Patrol (Running time: 33 minutes) — The roughly 30 miles of the James River in Henrico County are home to both recreation and commerce. Join HCTV as we board the Marine Patrol boats and set out to ensure the safety of the many different boaters and visitors to county waters.
Saving Lives: The History of Henrico’s Rescue Squads (Running time: 24 minutes) — Since 1951, Henrico County has offered free emergency rescue services to our residents. What began as a strictly volunteer effort has evolved into a modernized, cohesive paramedic and advanced emergency medical support unit operated by the Division of Fire. The mission to save lives has always been the driving factor.
Securing Your Digital Self: Identity Theft (Running time: 13 minutes) — High-tech thieves looking to steal your identity have formed today’s new organized crime ring. From computer hackers to good old-fashioned pickpockets, your identity is at risk of being stolen anytime, anywhere. Learn how these criminals operate and what law enforcement agencies are doing to find and stop them. Join HCTV as we reveal useful tips on how to protect your identity in Securing Your Digital Self: Identity Theft.
Staying Safe from Crime [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 12 minutes) — HCTV talks to a reformed thief still behind bars. His story tells you how to stay safe from crime at home and around town.
Under the Influence: Underage Drinking in Henrico County (Running time: 29 minutes) — Underage drinking can cause very real, very devastating tragedies that can affect anybody at anytime. HCTV talks to families who have experienced the anguish up close, and learns how Henrico Police are working to keep alcohol out of the hands of teenagers. Under the Influence delves in to underage drinking and driving, and shows how the efforts of concerned residents and law enforcement officials are working.
When Disaster Strikes: Are You Prepared? [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 21 minutes) — From hurricanes and tornadoes to chemical spills and evacuations, Henrico County is prepared to manage natural and manmade disasters. Learn what plans are in place, and what you can do to prepare yourself for the initial days of an emergency situation.
When Seconds Count: Henrico’s 911 Emergency Operations (Running Time: 18 minutes) — From medical emergencies to house fires, bank robberies to burglaries, when you need help and seconds count, you can count on Henrico’s 911 Emergency Communications Center. Join HCTV as we explore what happens when people in distress call for emergency help, and how the trained professionals on the other end of the line quickly kick in to action.
When the Smoke Clears: Fire Scene Investigators [Retired from Broadcast] (Running Time: 24 minutes) — Fires happen every day; some are accidents, and some aren’t. HCTV rides along with Henrico’s highly motivated fire investigative team as they tackle actual fire scenes to determine whether arson occurred. See the investigators sift through scores of ash and debris to find the fire’s origin, and learn about the trials and tribulations of these firefighters you don’t usually see — the ones investigating and arresting arsonists.
Working Partnership, A: Canines in the County [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 23 minutes) — Join HCTV for a look at pets, their owners and breeders. We’ll cover everything from police patrol dogs, bomb and drug detection dogs, seeing eye dogs, companion/therapy dogs, dog health and more.
Your Weapon Against Gun Violence: Henrico Exile [Retired from Broadcast] (Running time: 20 minutes) — Learn about Henrico’s Exile Law as you hear stories from police on the street, convicted felons and witnesses of gun violence. Citizens have a weapon of their own to stop illegal gun use: Henrico Exile.