Reid Hospital, through its Community Benefit program, has signed a two-year agreement with the City of Richmond and the Richmond Police Department to provide a recently vacated Reid building at 1430 Chester Boulevard for department use as a classroom training site.
“We highly value the service that RPD provides to our community, and this is a perfect opportunity to help the city and our officers with space that Reid has temporarily available,” said Craig Kinyon, Reid President/CEO. “This property is currently unoccupied and will not be repurposed for at least two years, so we are thrilled that it is now available to help our police department while they plan a new building on city property.”
The building, which is commonly known as the “Agape” building because it once housed a church by that name, had been used by Reid as home for a Sleep Diagnostic Center and outpatient psychiatric offices. The sleep center moved several weeks ago into newly remodeled and expanded space in the Reid Urgent Care building, also on Chester.
“I think this is wonderful!” said Richmond Mayor Sally Hutton. She said the use of the building will free up needed space in the city building frequently needed by community groups and also allow expanded police officer training with more flexibility. And it saves the city the cost of sending officers away for training. “Reid has already been a big part of our Crisis Intervention Training. This is a great example of agencies working together to help the community.”
Police Chief Kris Wolski said Reid “graciously allowed us to use the facility for our promotional interviews earlier this month” as a way to test the facility for RPD purposes. He said the department has always struggled to find space for routine training, promotional evaluations and interviewing potential new officers. “In the past we’ve always had to beg and borrow for space … This gave us a great opportunity to try it out.”
Wolski said the partnership to use the building means the department will not have pay to send officers out for regular training because it will allow a training company from Indianapolis to come to Richmond to provide sessions, also making it more convenient and less costly for other regional departments to train their officers. “It’s just a win, win, win,” he said. “It’s really a perfect location with parking, it’s easy to find. I just don’t see a down side to it at all and we are very grateful to Reid for it.”
Kinyon said the true value of the lease – which is for $1 a year – applies to Reid’s numerous Community Benefit outreach efforts, tying well into Reid’s mission as a community hospital. “This is line with Reid’s long history of giving back to the community through community benefit grants, patient assistance, no-charge mammograms and PSA tests, education classes and other outreach to improve community health and wellness,” Kinyon said.