Community Engagement Unit

The principle objective to be obtained in law enforcement is the prevention of crime; the entire community must be involved in public safety; therefore, the Community Engagement Unit's mission is to develop community responsibility directed at reducing the threat of crime and enhancing safety, thereby resulting in an environment where crime cannot flourish.
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To provide for a safer city by preventing and/or reducing​ crime through educating the public and forming community partnerships. In order to meet the goal and fulfill the mission of the Community Engagement Unit, its officers administer and/or assist in the administration of several programs.​
Directions to Community Engagement​ Unit
The Virginia Beach Police Department's Community Engagement Unit is located in Building #15 (2441 Princess Anne Road) at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. The building faces Princess Anne Road at the intersection with Admiral DeGrasse Way, directly across the street from McDonalds. Parking is located at the rear of the building.


The Community Engagement Unit of the Virginia Beach Police Department consists of six officers and one supervisor. To contact an officer by email, click on their name below.
​Officer Name ​Responsibilitie​​s​ ​Phone Number

SGT. Matthew Tuttle

​Unit Supervisor - Meet the Sergeant of Community Engagement

​(757) 385-1067

​MPO Bradley Detrich
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​​

​1st Precinct Community Engagement Liaison, Busine​ss Watch Coordinator, Explorer Post 911 Advisor, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Analyst

(757) 385-1371​

​​MPO Jim McElligott
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​​

​​​​2nd Precinct Community Engagement​ Liaison​, Every 15 Minutes (Anti-DUI and Alcohol Awareness) Coordinator, NNO Coordinator, SRO Coordinator, Virginia Rules Coordinator, City Employees Police Academy Coordinator

​(757) 385-1330

MPO David Nieves
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​​

3rd Precinct Community Engagement Liaison, Active Shooter/Threat Program Coordinator

​(757) 385-1338

MPO Shelly Bryant​
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​​​

4th Precinct Community Engagement Liaison, Senior Citizen's Police Academy Coordinator

​(757) 385-1066

​​MPO Jason Karangelen

Project Lifesaver Co-Coordinator, Youth Academy Coordinator, Detective Bureau Liaison

​(757) 385-1068

MPO Allen Perry​
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​​​

Religious Institutions Security Program, Citizen Police Academy Coordinator & Alumni Association Coordinator

​(757) 385-2742

 CEU Chronicles

Summer 2020 CEU Chronicles

General Order/5.01 Use of Force, 37th Annual National Night Out, 100 Deadliest Days, #LookBeforeYouLock

Spring 2020 CEU Chronicle

Census 2020, COVID-19, Neighborhood Watch, Explorers,, Autism Awareness Month, Business Watch

Winter 2019 CEU Chronicle​ 

Applications for 50th Citizen's Police Academy, Don't Be Grinched, Beep It to Keep It!, A Lesson on Home Safety, Certified Crime Prevention City, Upcoming Events, Business Watch

Summer 2019 CEU Chronicle

Active Threat Citizens Defense (ATCD) event, 100 Deadliest Days, #LookBeforeYouLock, Every 15 Minutes, Crime Solvers, Program Logos, Upcoming Events, Business Watch 

Spring 2019 CEU Chronicle

Autism Awareness Month, Youth Police Academy, Neighborhood Watch, Explorers, Citizen's Police Academy ​Alumni Awards, Active Threat Citizens Defense Workshop, Business Watch

Win​ter 2018 CEU Chronicle

​​Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Meetings, Wanted: Child Safety Seats, Explorer Post 911, ​​Beep It To Keep It, Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni Association Nominations 

Fall​ 2018 CEU Chronicle

Active Threat Citizen Defense Workshop​, Ensuring First Responders Can Find Your Home, School Resource Officers (SROs), Prescription Medication Take-Back Program, Playing It Safe on Halloween​

Summer 2018 CEU Chronicle

WECam, 2018 Cadet Challenge, National Night Out​