Virginia Beach, Virginia 2021-02-23 22:37:17 –
Virginia Beach, Virginia (WAVY) — Crime is on the decline at Virginia Beach: This is the latest from a police briefing at a special city council meeting Tuesday afternoon.
That’s good news, but the department faces some challenges in getting people involved.
Chief Paul Neudigate said the department was understaffed. They are trying to fill dozens of vacant seats and even demand overtime to make sure the city is properly protected.
Neudigate shared some positive trends in 2020 in the first review of VBPD’s annual report. Crime such as murder, rape, robbery and car theft decreased by 13%.
Although murders have declined, the total number of people injured in the shooting has skyrocketed.
“We’ve risen 70%,” said Neudigate.
77 people were injured in the shooting last year, but only 28 in 2019.
“The majority of the victims of these shootings occurred in June and July,” he said.
Virginia Beach is allowed to hire 813 swearers, but Neudigate said VBPD is currently in an operational deficit with 92 positions.
“Frankly, not many people are knocking on the door to get a law enforcement profession, white, black, brown, etc.,” he said.
The police chief said one problem that prevented some potential candidates from coming here was the lack of a clear and structured payroll plan.
He also states that recruiting people of color is difficult. Neudigate pointed out comments from recent Academy graduates.
“They put it right for us there. [was] There was a backlash from their community, a backlash from their families, and a backlash from their friends that they were part of law enforcement, and they decided that the scrutiny was not justified, “he said.
Neudigate said it is looking to digital methods of investigating by other means.
“I think we’ll have a hard time unless we implement a truly revolutionary and visionary strategy to make Virginia Beach stand out,” he said.
Neudigate said it is also considering shift changes in certain districts to eliminate all transfers to non-patrol missions and continue to cover the city as needed.
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