VBPD Reissues Duty Holsters After Potential Defect was Discovered

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

​Chief Paul Neudigate directed the Virginia Beach Police Department's (VBPD) Training Bureau to conduct an After-Action Review and examine the equipment and circumstances surrounding the incident at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on Friday, October 22nd during which an officer's weapon was discharged during a struggle with a suspect.  The examination revealed a potential defect in the issued holster. As a result, and out of an abundance of caution, all officers have received holsters the department used prior to issuing the new Safariland model. The new holster was adopted to accommodate the signal side-arm technology necessary for the department's body worn cameras to turn on automatically whenever an officer withdraws their weapon from its holster.   

"We are extremely disappointed because we thought we had a reliable solution that automatically activates our cameras," said Deputy Chief Sean Adams. "However, reverting to the previously used holster is the best short-term solution to ensure the safety of officers and the public while we work with the vendor on a solution."

Despite not having the signal side-arm operational at this time, all sworn officers are equipped with a body worn camera that are manually activated, and the department is using in-car camera technology that, by design, activates all body worn cameras within the vicinity.  Current policy dictates that all body worn cameras must be activated at the time an officer starts responding to a call.