The Virginia Beach Police Department released a preliminary update following the many events at the Oceanfront on Friday and Saturday evening.
With a number of events scheduled for the Oceanfront this weekend, large crowds and heavy traffic did cause a partial shut down of some beachfront streets. Traffic was re-directed at certain times, but I-264 and other major thoroughfares were not affected.
Additional officers were on hand to accommodate the larger crowds, with only a few minor isolated incidents reported, as of 3 a.m.. Police officers were able to handle the few incidents without any major impact on the many visitors who were here to enjoy the festivities.
Because of last year’s unexpected crowds, the police department worked with the Virginia Beach Hotel/Motel Association, the City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, city officials and Oceanfront business owners to develop a plan on how to best deal with the increased crowds and traffic. The Police Department reviewed the events and concerns that occurred with last year’s weekend events and developed a plan that included numerous training sessions throughout the year to prepare for this year’s weekend.
Part of that plan included surveying many of the visitors as to how the City and the Police Department were handling this year's crowd. Most of the responses were very positive, with some suggestions for future planning.
Statistical data concerning crowds, incidents and other vital information will be compiled over the coming weeks and released once completed.
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