Virginia Beach holds final community forum before College Beach Weekend

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Virginia Beach College Beach Weekend forum

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Dozens showed up for the second College Beach Weekend community forum.

Some, like Brother Kenick El, were here for the first meeting and came back again.

“We’re sharing the importance of us getting involved,” said El.

Virginia Beach Police covered neighbors’ concerns, like traffic, crowd control and violence.

“We had an incident like last year where someone pulls a gun, and so we have to make sure that our college visitors are safe and secure, our businesses are safe and secure, our local residents are safe and secure, and also police and emergency workers are safe and secure.” said Police Chief Jim Cervera.

Cervera says his officers have been planning since College Beach Weekend last year.

Neighbors were split up into groups, and once again, spoke one-on-one with officers.

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El says he also brought people to Wednesday’s meeting who want to volunteer to help police during that weekend.

“We have a lot of public support, as observers we have individuals who want to help the police on that weekend,” Chief Cervera said.

He says they still have plenty of room for volunteers who may not have been able to make it to this meeting.

For more information from the City of Virginia Beach about College Beach Weekend, click here

College Beach Weekend is scheduled to begin April 27.

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