Since becoming Police Chief, I have been working very hard to build relationships with the community. I've been meeting with residents where they are - whether at home, church or work.
I am committed to ensuring I have highly trained officers so Norfolk citizens can raise families, go to work and live their lives safely and securely.
This is why I want our community to have all the facts, as we know them at this time, regarding the incident which took place on January 25, 2015.
On January 25, 2015, at 2:02 am, Emergency Communications Center (ECC) received a 9-1-1 call regarding a loud party in the area of 2900 block of Bayne Avenue. Officers were dispatched, and while on scene investigating this call for service, another call was received at 2:17 am in the ECC for an assault in progress in the 1200 block of Godfrey Avenue. The caller stated that there were approximately 35 people in the street fighting. The caller also told dispatchers that the fight had gone on for some time.
Ms. London Colvin has been charged with Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest.
This incident is still an active investigation and we continue to interview all witnesses and officers present in the neighborhood so I can have all the facts to ensure that my officers followed procedures and used resources including the canine appropriately. I will also be conducting a thorough review of the policy which dictates the use of police canines.
My team has spoken to Ms. Colvin about her arrest and charges. The officer involved is currently on administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation.
I appreciate the public's patience as I work through this incident and once I have all the facts, I will share them with you.
Chief Michael Goldsmith