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May

 

Public Information Office

 

Officer Daniel Hudson, the NPD Public Information Officer spoke to the CPAAAN members at our general meeting 05/16/17. He described the many ways that the citizens of Norfolk are kept informed of the affairs of our Police Department. Newsworthy stories are emailed, phoned or texted to TV stations, Facebook (for good news stories), Twitter (for breaking news and Facebook feed), Newsflash page on Norfolk.gov/police (text feed application available). NextDoor.com, a private neighborhood specific network was recommended by Officer Hudson as a good way for citizens to communicate with their neighbors and inform their Community Resource Officers of suspicious activities around their homes.

 

 

        


March

 

Norfolk Sheriff's Office

 

City of Norfolk Sheriff Joe Baron was the guest speaker on March 21, 2017. A Norfolk native, Joe Baron is a 31-year veteran law enforcement officer, having retired as a Lieutenant from the Norfolk Police Department after 26 yrs. of service. He then joined the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office where he rose to the rank of Chief Deputy. As chief deputy, by law he became Interim Sheriff when Sheriff McCabe retired. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office provides multiple programs inside the jail. Inmates are offered a 36 class Re-entry Program designed to facilitate good practices upon re-entry into society. Educational jail programs on topics such as substance abuse, personal finance and Fatherhood are offered; there is help for inmates who want to earn their General Education Diplomas. Nonviolent offenders can volunteer to join the Inmate Workforce and receive time off their sentence per month. Those who demonstrate a good work ethic are allowed to participate in the work release program. Participating employers pay normal wages which are deposited into the prisoner’s account and used to pay personal bills such as court costs and home utility bills.

New prisoners are evaluated by an Objective Classification System which is used nationwide to properly place them within the jail. Prisoners are screened within 72 hours of incarceration by a member of the Community Services Board to determine special issues that need to be addressed.

          

February

 

Office of Community Affairs

 

MPO Roger Whitley of the Office of Community Affairs was the CPAAAN Guest Speaker on February 21, 2017. The topic was Personal Safety and Awareness, which is very important to every citizen. Importantly, a large number of arrests are the direct result of a citizen's phone call. Officer Whitley spoke about several programs that offer citizens the opportunity to partner with law enforcement in identifying suspicious situations. Among these are: Neighborhood Watch, Dog Walker Watch, Business Watch, and Suspect Identification Profile, which is citizen provided information that will assist law enforcement in identifying persons and includes a description of inalterable physical traits such as height, weight, and features such as scars. Call 664-7938 to make a report or to request an officer come to you to obtain the information; one can also file an online report.

 

         


 

January

 

Utilities Department Administrator

 

The Guest Speaker for the January 2017 general meeting was Harry Kenyon, Management Services Administrator for Norfolk Department of Utilities. It was interesting to learn that Norfolk provides quality drinking water to approximately one million customers In Norfolk and surrounding cities and also the U. S. Navy. There are more than 900 miles of pipes that transport drinking water to homes, businesses and fire hydrants. There is an ongoing project to maintain and upgrade all of the water and wastewater infrastructure. Importantly, Norfolk drinking water is tested regularly to assure that our water is pure and of the highest quality. Norfolk tap water has been recognized as among the best in the nation. For information and customer service call 664-6700 regarding bills, making bill adjustments or establishing or terminating service. l In the event of any water service emergency there is a 24 hour emergency number which is 757-823-1000.

          

 

December

 

New Chief Introduction

 

The guest speaker for the December general meeting and Christmas Social was Norfolk Chief of Police Larry Boone. Prior to joining the Norfolk Police Department, Chief Boone attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia on a scholarship where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He later earned a Masters of Public Administration from Old Dominion University. His successful law enforcement career with the Norfolk Police Department began in 1989. He quickly rose to the rank of Deputy Chief, then becoming Chief of Police on December 1, 2016. Chief Boone believes in authentic community relations and exceptional customer service. His priorities are safety for the citizens and visitors of Norfolk, and for the men and women in uniform. In addition, future programs would include obtaining the resources to deal with gun issues, and forming an advisory board that would include civic league members. CPAAAN members thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the lengthy Question and Answer period that followed.

          

 

November

 

Emergency Management

 

  Scott Mahone, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator was the Guest Speaker for November 15, 2016. The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions, the E-911 Communications and Emergency Management.

The Emergency Management division coordinates the preparation, response, and recovery and communications during a large scale emergency and natural or man made disaster. It also conducts educational classes for training in all required areas. The City of Norfolk has launched a STORM Mobile App that is to be used only during severe weather situation. Residents can provide input report storm damage or other situations in their neighborhood. Visit this link to find out more: http://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=3523.

The E-911 division handles both emergency and non-emergency 911 calls, with emergency calls given priority. The caller should try to be calm and as patient as possible; do not hang up. This will help both the call taker and the party needing attention. All calls are recorded for accuracy; information is requested so that proper resources can be dispatched. Calling from your cell phone will not give your specific location, only a general area where the cell tower is located. If there are young children in the home, make sure they know their address and teach them how to make a 911 call.

 

  


 

 

October

 

Norfolk Police Department Chaplain

 

 

Chaplain Terry Haddock, a Norfolk Police Chaplain and CPAAAN member, was the guest speaker at the October 2016 general meeting. From an early age she had the desire to study her faith and to become an ordained minister. She enjoys ministering to people, in particular visiting inmates in the local jails. Terry was asked to join the Norfolk Police Department Chaplains by Senior Chaplain Briggs. At this time Terry is the only female chaplain. All Chaplains must be ordained and have had sufficient training, experience and evaluation to assure that they are well suited to this very important role.
The NPD Chaplains are a diverse group of 13 who represent different faiths, but share a common purpose of consoling and comforting our citizens when they suffer injury, hardship or the loss of a loved one. Among their many responsibilities are visiting officers and their families in the hospital, counselling officers, citizens, and family members, and conducting funerals and memorial services. __________________________________________________________

 


 

 

September

 

Community Affairs Division Officers Use Sports to Reduce Crime

 

 

Officer Valdez (R) from the Community Affairs Division, formerly the Crime Prevention Division, were our speakers at the CPAAAN general meeting in September. They explained that their Division’s name change was more than symbolic. In order to reduce crime and improve behavior of “at risk” children Norfolk Police Officers needed to dispel the negative image these kids have of law enforcement. Both Officer S. Nellum, with his vast experience as a Community Resource Officer in the Berkley/Campostella area, and Officer J.Valdez with ties to the Hispanic Community were able to utilize sports to establish a closer, approachable relationship. As an example, they obtained permission from the Booker T. Washington principal to make the gym facility available after school hours and during school breaks. Officer Valdez met with the Hispanic community and extended an invitation to their youth to participate in the various outreach programs such as soccer. Together they are using athletics, kindness and positive activities to enhance the image of their chosen profession, to interact with youth, and hopefully to prevent crime.

 


 

 

April

 

Commissioner of the Revenue Evans Poston

 

 

Mr. Evans Poston, Commissioner of the Revenue for Norfolk, spoke to the CPAAAN membership about the services his office provides, and the money saving innovations he has initiated since entering office, Jan. 1st 2014, such as outsourcing boat assessment, reassigning parking permits to the Parking Department, adding an ADA station. His office provides state income tax assistance for free. Meal tax e-payments have been instituted to assist restaurant owners. His employees audit each new business after three years to determine if the proper taxes have been paid, sometimes returning overpayments.

 

 

 


 

 

March

 

CIT Training Lieutenant Wayne Handley

 

 

The young man wielding a large kitchen knife menacingly has Schizophrenia, a serious mental illness that interferes with his ability to think clearly, manage his emotions, make decisions and relate to others. His family has seen this behavior before. This time however, they are unable to calm him down and fear he will injure himself or others so they call 911 for help.
Fortunately, the responding NPD officers had received CIT (Crisis Intervention Team Training), a program developed in July 2014 by then Sgt. Wayne Handley at the direction of Chief Michael Goldsmith. This 40 hour training course is a two part intervention program utilizing the NPD officers and the CSB (Community Service Board) to deactivate and provide a path to gain treatment and defuse individuals having a mental crisis.
The CPAAAN members were treated to a riveting, fascinating 70 minute presentation outlining the program and its benefits by Lt. Handley at our March 2016 general meeting.

 

 


 

January

 

Detective A.E. Clark Speaks on Forensics

 

 

  Detective A. E. Clark, NPD Forensic Investigator was the guest speaker at our January general meeting. Officer Clark spoke on forensic procedures involving the investigation of homicides, traffic fatalities, robberies, burglaries and arson. It is essential that the integrity of the crime scene be maintained so that nothing is added to or removed from the scene inadvertently. The Norfolk Police Department Forensic Sciences Unit has 11 Investigators and 3 latent print examiners. Forensic investigative tools may include one or more procedures, such as photographs, swabs, lab samples, diagrams, grid searches, products retrieved from garbage containers, residue samples, temperature readings, handprints and footprints. Homicide investigations are the top priority and evidence obtained is turned over to Division Detectives for processing. When an autopsy is required it is done in one of the four district offices in Virginia’s Medical Examiner system. DD----------------------------------------------------------

 

 


 

December

 

Officer J.A. McCarthy speaks about Holiday Safety


 

  Officer Joe McCarthy, a member of the NPD Crime Prevention Unit, provided sensible Holiday Safety Tips at our December meeting. The Tips are useful year round and apply to all, especially women and the elderly, because they are the most vulnerable. Avoid carrying excessive cash by using a credit card protected by an Aluminum RFID Blocking Credit Card Case. Avoid shopping alone or at night. Secure your car windows, keep doors locked and don’t leave packages or valuables on the seat. If you must shop at night, park in well-lighted areas away from vans, trucks with camper shells or cars with tinted windows. Have your keys handy before approaching your car. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t approach your car if there are suspicious people around.AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

 

 

 



November

 

Captain Huffman Speaks to CPAAAN


   Captain David Huffman (L), a 27 year veteran on the NPD was the guest speaker for November on the topic of Active Shooter. He had recently been Commanding Officer of the Homeland Security Division and is now in the Strategic Management Division. Capt. Huffman was accompanied by two investigators from the SWAT or Special Operations Team to demonstrate the equipment used for their protection and when engaging an active shooter. The NPD regularly partners with multiple federal, state and local law enforcement departments and the Norfolk Fire Department to train and perform joint exercises. In addition, they educate citizens on an appropriate response should they find themselves in an active shooter setting. Homeland Security is responsible for maintaining safety in shopping malls, schools, theaters, during parades and when escorting visiting dignitaries both in Norfolk and on the Naval Base. The presentation was followed by many great questions from the CPAAAN members. The hour long presentation was packed with information gathered from bombings and terrorist activities that occur much too often in the world today.




October

 

Michelle Morgan, Life Safety Educator Speaks to CPAAAN


   Michelle Morgan, Life Safety Educator with the Norfolk Fire Department Office of Public Affairs was the Guest Speaker at the October 20, 2015 general meeting.  Ms. Morgan spoke about fires that can happen in our homes, and the steps we can take to increase our chances of safety.  All  residents within the city of Norfolk should have a working smoke alarm in their home to notify them immediately of smoke or fire in their home.  If the home does not have a smoke alarm or the existing alarm is more than 10 years old, call 441- 1055 or 664-6616 to request a free smoke alarm to be installed.  Fire extinguishers are very  highly recommended, preferably those with an ABC rating.  This rating refers to the type of fires that extinguisher should be able to put out which includes paper, wood, cloth grease, oil, petroleum, or electrical.  It is very important to devise an escape plan, and practice it with regards to accessibility and heights.  Ms. Morgan gave us a demonstration in how to use a fire extinguisher correctly, and then provided a demonstration that gave members the opportunity to  put out a fire!

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September

 

 

The 2015-2016 year was kicked off on September 15, 2015 with NPD Chief Michael Goldsmith as the guest speaker. It was a very informative meeting with many topics discussed and questions asked and answered. Of particular interest to the members was to learn about the body camera worn by some police officers. Currently there are 300 cameras in place, with a goal to purchase an additional 200-250 in the future. Using cameras provides an unbiased view of an event. Coincidentally complaints are down. Chief Goldsmith spoke of the Community Outreach and Engagement efforts being made in multiple ways. As an example, 41 police officers currently serve as reading mentors in Norfolk City Title 1 schools. This has helped both the children and the police officers to understand each other better, and to improve literacy. The Fair and Impartial Policing project has gathered community stakeholders and police officers to discuss recruiting, diversity and policies that are fair to all. In addition, the NPD is working on implementing the recommendations of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing which were developed to enhance public safety while building trust. Followed his presentation Chief Goldsmith administered the oaths of office to the CPAAAN officers elected for the 2015-2017 term.
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April

 

  The guest speaker for April, Officer Courtney Smith spoke about a highly effective approach in law enforcement, Community Policing. The goal of Community Policing is to develop partnerships within a community and to find ways to solve the problems that exist in a given area.

When Community Resource Officers and the residents get to know each other and work as a team, neighborhoods will benefit. Citizens can become engaged and motivated to help their communities beginning in small ways, such as cleaning up the unsightly trash and fixing broken windows.

Officer Smith and the other Community Resource Officers (CROs) in Norfolk attend your civic league meetings; they will provide a phone number to contact them when needed (links below). Express your concerns to them and offer your assistance by helping them understand the dynamics in your part of this great city. They want to partner with the community and give Norfolk citizens a safe and secure place to live and work.

Green Sector (1st Patrol) Community Resource Officers
Blue Sector (2st Patrol) Community Resource Officers
Red Sector (3rd Patrol) Community Resource Officers

 


 

 

March

 

  City of Norfolk Sheriff Robert J. McCabe was the guest speaker at the March 2015 general meeting. A Norfolk native, Sheriff McCabe served in the military and on the Norfolk Police Department and attended college before becoming the Sheriff 21 years ago. The Sheriff’s Office is very much involved in public service and in helping the community members of all ages through its Senior Watch program as well youth programs such as a five week summer camp for children aged 10-14. It was very interesting to learn about the active inmate work force program, one of the first in the region. Non-violent offenders can work to pay off their fines and also save about $2 million in labor costs for the city. Qualified offenders also have the opportunity to work toward obtaining their GED while in jail and learn basic skills such as handling their finances. The Norfolk City Jail is a very busy place, with an average daily population over 1300 inmates. On average 4,500 meals are served per day 365 days a year. The NSO is staffed by approximately 500 sworn and civilian personnel and Deputy Recruits.

 

 

 


 

January

 

  The guest speaker for January 20, 2015 was Jayward Hanna, Chief of Police at the Norfolk International Airport. Chief Hanna became Chief of Police at the airport five years ago, after having served for 31 years on the Norfolk Police Department, rising to the position of Assistant Chief. The Norfolk Airport Authority owns the airport, which sits on 750 acres of land. The Authority consists of a Board of Commissioners appointed by the Norfolk City Council for a two year term. The airport code for Norfolk – ORF– has become a part of the mission statement and stands for Outstanding service, Respect, Fairness.

The Norfolk Airport Police force consists of 37 sworn officers and 7 non-sworn employees who provide protection at the airport 24 hours a day 365 days per year. Police dogs trained to discover explosives are utilized and are a very valuable detection asset. The primary goal of the Norfolk Airport Police is to assure safety and security for the traveling public and the airline personnel, and to deter terrorist activities.

Traveling tips: Visit http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information to view the TSA Traveler's Guide to help ensure passengers have the answers they need to common security screening questions, and arrive early!

 

 


 

December 2014

 

  Guest speaker for the December Christmas Social was Clara Huff. Our youngest guest speaker ever, fourteen year old Clara Huff knows what it is like to be bullied and the reasons behind it. She decided to speak up and share her story.

In the recently published book “A Letter to My Bully” Clara - along with other courageous girls (ages 8 to 15)- writes an open letter to her bully which details how she felt being bullied as well as what she is now doing to take a stand.

Clara shared her own experiences with our members and gave suggestions on how to obtain help. She advised victims go to their Guidance Counselors, teachers and the school's Resource Officer for assistance. Miss Huff is an athlete, honor student and visual artist. In addition, Miss Huff was the recipient of the 2014 Crime Prevention Youth Award.