Hillard Heintze Announces Plans for Outreach to Virginia Beach Community and Employees as Critical Step in City Council‐Authorized Investigation into May 31 Mass Shooting

Firm Schedules Listening Sessions on July 29 and August 8 and Establishes Toll‐Free 800 Number and Email Address to Safeguard Independence as well as Public Trust and Confidence

Wednesday, July 24, 2019


VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA (July 24, 2019) – Today, Hillard Heintze announced its plan​s to institute direct communication with Virginia Beach employees and the families of the victims who lost their lives in the May 31 tragedy as well as the Virginia Beach community at large. In accordance with the resolution of Virginia Beach City Council adopted July 2, 2019 and its intent to “safeguard independence and public confidence” in the investigation of the shooting, as well as Hillard Heintze’s first phase of the engagement, Listen and Learn, the firm has scheduled two Listening Sessions for the community on July 29 and August 8. Hillard Heintze has also established a toll‐free number, 1 (877) 208‐5650, and an email address, VirginiaBeach@HillardHeintze.com, for use by any member of the Virginia Beach community.

​Hillard Heintze will hold the following meetings:
Listening Session 1 – Virginia Beach Community 
Date and Time: July 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. 
Address: Virginia Beach Convention Center 1000 19th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Listening Session 2 – Virginia Beach Community
Date and Time: August 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Address: Location to be determined.

​“​The Virginia Beach City Council, through its resolution, has been very clear that this investigation must be conducted in a fully independent manner in order to reinforce public trust and confidence in its methods and ultimately, in its findings,” said Hillard Heintze founder and Jensen Hughes Global Security Risk Management President Arnette Heintze. “Fundamentally central to that process is, first, ensuring that the investigative team hears directly from the people who have been impacted by this tragedy and, second, that the team has an opportunity to explain its process for collecting insights and information and, at the end of this process, its key findings and recommendations. If you are a family member of someone who has suffered from this attack or work for Virginia Beach, please join us for one of these meetings. If you are a member of the broader Virginia Beach community, please share your perspectives and concerns with our team by calling 1 (877) 208‐5650 or sending an email to ​VirginiaBeach@HillardHeintze.com.”

About Hillard Heintze, a Jensen Hughes Company
Hillard Heintze is one of the leading security risk management teams in the world. We are trusted around the globe to deliver innovative, prevention‐oriented advisory solutions that help our clients improve performance and outcomes in protecting what matters: their people, performance, interests and reputation. Since our inception in 2004, more than 85 Fortune‐ranked enterprises, 575 U.S. and international brands, and 150 of the world’s most affluent families have gained insight, assurance and confidence through our services – and are better managing security risk. Headquartered in Chicago, we support clients across the globe through six practices: Security Risk Management, Security Design, Threat + Violence Risk Management, Private Client and Family Office Services, Investigations and Law Enforcement Consulting. For more information, visit www.hillardheintze.com.

About Jensen Hughes
Jensen Hughes is a global leader in safety, security and risk‐based engineering and consulting. Every day, a team of 1,250+ engineers, consultants and scientists develop and deliver innovative and cost‐effective solutions to a global client base involving fire protection systems design and analysis, code consulting, emergency management services, security consulting, forensic engineering, fire research, risk‐informed applications, probabilistic risk assessments, development and testing, commissioning and construction services. Operating from 90+ offices and delivering work in 100 countries throughout the world, Jensen Hughes consulting teams participate on projects in all markets across industries. For more information, visit www.jensenhughes.com.

Courtney Ramirez
Director, Communications
Hillard Heintze

For more information contact the City Auditor’s Office at (757) 385-5870.

​NOTICE: Three or more members of City Council may attend this meeting.


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