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After 25 Years, Richmond’s Major Goodall Retires

August 29, 2008 | Virginia News

Effective Aug. 30, Major Daniel A. Goodall Sr. will retire from the Richmond Police Department with 25 years of service to the community.

Major Goodall began his Richmond Police career as a Patrolman in 1983 at Second Precinct. He was known by many Richmond Public Schools students as a D.A.R.E. instructor in the late 1980s. As a police officer he also served as a community policing coordinator and he was involved with numerous enforcement initiatives. A native Richmonder who knew the area and surrounding jurisdictions well, Goodall steadily rose through the ranks from Sergeant in 1989 to Lieutenant in 1996 and then Captain in 1998. Promoted to Major in 2002, Goodall served as the Chief of Staff, led Operations Area 1 – which comprises First and Second Precinct – and was last in charge of the Community, Youth, and Intervention Services Division. Policing, however, was not the only form of Goodall’s outreach to the community. He started the Richmond Police Choir in 2006, which grew in popularity with invitations to perform for events by Virginia’s Governor Timothy Kaine and Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder. In addition to his career with Richmond Police, Goodall is an ordained minister and pastors Antioch Baptist Church in Champlain. “Danny is a friend to the community and personal friend who will be missed by the City and the Department. His efforts have helped pave the road that we are traveling on and I thank him for his contributions,” said Interim Chief David M. McCoy.