Crime Prevention

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 Crime Prevention 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 Crime Prevention Unit, its officers administer and/or assist in the administration of several programs.

Directions to Crime Prevention Unit
The Virginia Beach Police Department's Crime Prevention 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 Crime Prevention 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. Brian Walters

​Unit Supervisor

​(757) 385-1067

​MPO Brad Detrich
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist

​1st Precinct Crime Prevention 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​​

​​​Every 15 Minutes (Anti-DUI and Alcohol Awareness) Coordinator, Youth Police Academy Coordinator

​(757) 385-1330

MPO David Nieves

3rd Precinct Crime Prevention Liaison, Active Shooter/Threat Program Coordinator

​(757) 385-1338

MPO Allen Perry
DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Specialist​

Project Lifesaver Co-Coordinator, Alzheimer and Autism Presentation, Religious Institutions Security Program

​(757) 385-2742

​​MPO Jason Karangelen

​2nd Precinct Crime Prevention Liaison, Citizens' Police Academy Coordinator and Alumni Association Coordinator, Project Lifesaver Co-Coordinator

​(757) 385-1068

​MPO Shelly Bryant​

4th Precinct Crime Prevention Liaison, Senior Citizen's Police Academy Coordinator

​(757) 385-1066


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​