VB police chief looking for ‘other ways’ to help fight Oceanfront crime

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — In a presentation overviewing 2018 crime statistics, Virginia Beach Chief of Police James Cervera announced beefed up patrols at the Oceanfront. 

On Tuesday, Cervera told City Council that the department understands the importance of tourism in the resort city as a part of the overall effort to fight crime.

“19 million tourists come through our city (annually) … that’s a lot of folks everyday that come through everyday and we understand the importance of the Oceanfront area,” Cervera told councilors.

In 2018, several violent stabbings and shootings were reported at the Oceanfront, including one on July 4 that left six people injured. 

“The majority of what we deal with is between 16th and 21st streets,” Cervera said. 

He went on to tell councilors that commanders at the Oceanfront now have the leeway of supplemental staffing during certain times at night. Since September, the department have spent $40,000 in overtime for officers patrolling parking lots in areas between 18th and 19th streets.

“We’re trying to come up with other ways to be able to enhance safety and security in that area,” Cervera said.

Citywide, officers have been coming across more weapons, according to Cervera. To view the full presentation, click here

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