Column: Remembering Virginia Beach’s early black police officers

BY PAT GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — In early 2012, the Virginia Beach Police Department and a committee of local citizens representing the interests of the African American community began researching the history of the first black police officers to serve on… Continue Reading


Public Safety: In Landstown, a reminder about locking cars and removing weapons

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE LANDSTOWN – City police issued another reminder that citizens should remove valuables from their cars and lock them when they are unattended. It came during the Tuesday, Oct. 3, meeting of the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee… Continue Reading


A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading


Public Safety: Officer, supervisor of year recognized in First Precinct

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee recognized Sgt. Ryan Jason as supervisor of the year and Master Police Officer Preston Vaughan as officer of the year for 2016 during the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, Feb.… Continue Reading


Targeted approaches in First Precinct to address different challenges in Ashville Park, Sandbridge

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Police Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, said police are working in two different neighborhoods in southern Virginia Beach that are facing challenges involving different property crimes.  In Sandbridge, a residential neighborhood that… Continue Reading


Virginia Beach First Precinct officer of the quarter recognized for competence, compassion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Police Officer John Jordan III, who works the evening shift in the First Precinct, was recognized last month as officer of the quarter by the citizens advisory committee for the precinct. Police Capt. David Squires,… Continue Reading


Joining the advocates who help young people in the Beach courts system

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates, who help children involved in the court system, seek volunteers and sponsors. “It works with the courts system advocating for kids,” said Joe Sallee, second vice president of… Continue Reading


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


Silent auction Sept. 18 raises funds for First Precinct advisory committee

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — The citizens advisory committee for the First Precinct seeks donations and support for an upcoming silent auction that helps the organization recognize officers and support them in the field — and sometimes even when an… Continue Reading