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Better community engagement a goal of renamed crime prevention unit while current efforts will continue

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A recent name change for the city police’s former crime prevention unit signals a continuing, expanding effort by the department to build strong relationships between police and citizens, which both builds public trust and helps… Continue Reading

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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading

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Officer of the quarter got guns, drugs off the streets in Virginia Beach’s First Precinct

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — The citizens advisory committee for the First Precinct recognized Master Police Officer Chris Szymanski this past month for his efforts in community policing, training young officers and, perhaps most of all, for arrests that got weapons off… Continue Reading