Recognition Ceremony to Honor the First Black Law Enforcement Officers


Friday, August 17, 2012

A ceremony will be held at the Second Precinct at 820 Virginia Beach Blvd., on Monday, August 20, at 6:00 p.m.  The ceremony will include Barbara Ciara (Channel 3 news) as the “Mistress of Ceremonies,” Mayor William Sessoms Jr., Congressman Scott Rigell, Edward Hamm, Jr., and Pastor Adam Thoroughgood.  The public is invited to attend the event.  This will be an opportunity to celebrate the historical accomplishments of those members of our society that paved the way for improved integration and equality of all of our citizens.  We also wish to provide a public forum to thank the 23 Black Auxiliary Police Officers who served the Seatack community prior to 1969.

In total, 31 officers will be honored for their service and dedication.


Chief James A. Cervera said, “These men were responsible for moving our agency away from the discriminatory practices that were commonplace during the 50s and 60s and towards a more inclusive and integrated workforce.  From a national perspective, we celebrate the accomplishments of noted citizens like Jackie Robinson (baseball), Earl Lloyd (basketball), Guion S. Bluford, Jr. (Astronaut), or the Tuskegee Airmen.  From a local perspective, these men share a place in history.  We intend to celebrate their place in history during this ceremony.” 

The public and media are invited to attend the event.