VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Officers with the Virginia Beach Police Department conducted door-to-door surveys with residents Wednesday.
The surveys were conducted in the city's third precinct in Campus East, Lake Edward and Northridge. They are intended to evaluate residents' feelings of safety and improve it, if need be.
"I can tell you we are very much into working with the community, because we can't do this on our own," said Virginia Beach Police Captain Dennis Santos.
Seventy officers hit the streets every year, going door to door, asking residents if they have any concerns about crime in their neighborhoods.
"We're asking about crime as well as trash, juvenile problems, and weapons problems," Santos said. "They are things that the city as a whole can fix."
Campus East resident Michael Hassett has lived in his neighborhood for about a year and is happy to see officers showing concern.
"I think that's very important that they're out on foot like they are now," Hassett said. "They are now trying to get a feel from certain people in the neighborhood."
The patrols give the officers the chance to work on trust within the community.
"That's what this is for," officer Phil Greenfield said. "It helps to build a relationship between the police department in the community."
Wednesday, officers visited more than 1,000 homes. They plan to do the same in the other areas of the city over the next three weeks.
They are being conducted on the following days and locations:
- April 17 at 5 p.m. in the second precinct
- April 24 at 5 p.m. in the first precinct
- May 1 at 5 p.m. in the fourth precinct
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