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Norfolk increases police patrols to deter crime in the city center

This comes the same month that five people were shot on Granby Street. Two of the victims – Sierra Jenkins and Devon Malik Harris, both 25 – died.

NORFOLK, Virginia – Author’s note: The above video is archived on March 23, shortly after five people were shot while walking down Granby Street.

The City of Norfolk has just shared its plans to quell the violence in the city centre.

This comes the same month that five people were shot on Granby Street. Two of the victims – Sierra Jenkins and Devon Malik Harris, both 25 – died.

“The Norfolk Police Department has increased patrols and presence in the city’s entertainment districts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights,” a city spokesperson wrote.

On top of that, there will also be a slew of unannounced visits from the Planning Department, Office of the Fire Marshal, Planning and Neighborhood Services, and the City Attorney’s Office.

At night, these agencies will stop by nightclubs and restaurants to provide “visibility”, make sure all businesses have the proper licenses, and make sure no city codes are violated.

“The goal of this action plan is to build a system in which business owners, operators and the City of Norfolk share responsibility for creating a safe environment for everyone who lives, works and visits our restaurants and discos.”

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They may choose to create a body that would manage the entertainment district, require security measures as part of conditional use permits, and change building occupancy based on weather and other conditions.

“The goal is to bring business owners and operators to a state where they are self-regulating, self-monitoring and self-governing, with the support of the city,” the announcement reads.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement