The Norfolk Police Department is preparing for the coming summer months by enhancing its policing efforts in communities that experience an increase in criminal activity. In particular, high visibility policing and concentrated efforts will be seen in areas where violent crime occurs. This includes, but is not limited to, additional marked police vehicles, officers on walking beats, and patrol assistance from specialized units such as the K9 Unit, Tactical Bike Patrol, and the Gang Suppression Unit.
“Crime does not occur evenly across the Norfolk landscape. We’ve identified areas of concentrated criminal activity and allocated resources for those specific areas,” says Norfolk Chief of Police Larry Boone. “This includes high intensity police patrols and visible police presence in and around areas experiencing an increase in crime. We cannot allow the few people engaged in criminal activity to steal from our community members their sense of safety and welfare. My department is taking a proactive approach against those wishing to engage in criminal conduct to safeguard the wellbeing of our communities.”
The Norfolk Police Department encourages community members to become active against criminal behavior as well. Citizens are asked to contact the Norfolk non-emergency number at (757) 441-5610 to report any suspicious person or activity. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may still provide tips and leads on criminal activity by calling the Norfolk Crime Line at the following:
· Call 1-888-LOCK-U-UP
· Text “274637” with tip information
Additionally, the Norfolk Police Department recently added a “Gang Activity Tip Form” to its website. Community members may anonymously submit information or report possible gang activity at www.norfolk.gov/gangactivity.
“We need your assistance in forging a common bond against crime,” Chief Boone asks of his community members. “We will give 110 percent in our efforts, but simply cannot do this alone.”