Richmond Police Dept.

Richmond Patrol Officer Arrested

Richmond police charge fellow officer with domestic assault

July 19, 2019 - 5:21 pm

Richmond, VA _  The Richmond Police Department has arrested an RPD officer for domestic assault.


Ernest Ford, Jr., 40, of the 2500 block of Q Street, has been charged with:

Felony Strangulation

Felony Abduction

Domestic Simple Assault


The charges were brought as the result of an incident between Ford and a female companion that occurred last Tuesday in Richmond. The female received minor injuries.


“We will investigate all reported crimes and we make no exceptions for the person’s occupation, stature, economic level or any other criteria,” said Chief William C. Smith. “We will provide protection to those persons who have been harmed and will seek justice for those who have been victimized. Domestic violence is particularly troublesome as it is difficult to prevent. We encourage all persons who have been victimized by domestic violence to report those instances to the police so that we can provide support and assistance. I am disappointed by this officer’s alleged actions and will await the outcome of a trial. However, know that I expect and will hold our officers to a higher standard of behavior.”


Ford is an eleven year veteran of the Department. He is a patrol officer. Ford has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. The Department will conduct an internal investigation once Ford’s case is adjudicated in court.