VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera says he has a plan to curb violence at the Oceanfront.
It's been a big point of contention ever since crowds filled the streets of the strip back in April during college beach weekend.
College beach weekend was not good for the resort area's image and many say it was bad for police. Officers arrested more than100 people for various crimes. Several people were shot, stabbed or robbed.
Tuesday, Cervera gave City Council an update on how his officers patrol the oceanfront.
He said during the summer, more officers are brought to help on the weekends. Their focus is the area between 17th Street and 22nd Street where most of the crime occurs.
Cervera told Council the police department underestimated the crowds during the college weekend. Last year, there were only 7,000 visitors for college beach weekend compared to the 40,000 two months ago.
150 officers worked during college beach weekend, which was triple the normal amount.
Cervera said he has reached out to other tourist cities to see how they handle crowds. He is currently in the process of coming up with new strategy focused on how his department reacts to larger crowds of people.
The chief told Council there are 19 cameras at the Oceanfront and two of them don't work. He would like to see 45 to 90 cameras.
Cervera did have another request for Council and that is to allow him to hire more officers. He said he can't properly staff the Oceanfront if he doesn't have the staffing to do so.
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