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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Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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. Rebecca Tuttle

​Unit Supervisor

​(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

​(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

​(757) 385-1068

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

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

​(757) 385-2742

 CEU Chronicles

Summer 2019

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

Spring 2019

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

Winter 2018

​​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

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

WECam, 2018 Cadet Challenge, National Night Out

Spring 2017

Home Security, Residential Bur​glary, "Every 15 Minutes"

Winter 2017

Neighborhood watch 2017, Larceny from Motor Vehicle Prevention, Operation Lookout​​​​

Spring 2016
​​Top 10 Scams for 2016, Safety in the Park, Protecting Your Vehicle, Upcoming Events​

​​​Winter 2015
Top Ten Scams of 2015, Available Homeless Shelters, The Best Defense, Operation Kris Kringle

Fall 2015
Holiday Safety Tips, Reducing Gun Violence, Neighborhood Surveys​

​​Summer 2015
​Larcenies from Vehicles, Catalytic Converters, National Night Out, Explorers, Upcoming Events

​Spring 2015​
Senior Fraud Prevention, Self-Defense Workshop, Personal Safety Tips, Active Threat at Work Training, Upcoming Events

December 2014
Holiday Safety, Safe Shopping Tips, Verifying Charitable Organizations, Citizens' Academy Graduations, Upcoming Events

Winter/Spring 2014
Burglaries, & Neighborhood Watch, Seniors Police Academy, Seniors & Fraud, Snow Safety Tips​