Heavy police presence contributes to safer Beach Weekend

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Beach Police hoped preparing in advance would prevent a repeat of last year’s violence and rioting during College Beach Weekend. Sunday morning, police, hotel managers and students agreed it worked.

“This year actually went rather well,” said Dave Johnson, chief engineer at Marjac Suites. “The police presence, of course, I believe had to do a lot with that.”

Beach police released a statement reporting they dealt with only minor isolated incidents. The department worked with the Virginia Beach Hotel/Motel Association, the City’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, city officials and Oceanfront business owners to prepare for the weekend.

Diamond Robinson visited last year from Virginia State University, and said she left after witnessing a stabbing. She came back this year with other friends, and said heavy police presence made them feel more comfortable.

“This year, it was calmer. There was a lot more police out, so that probably had a lot to do with it, but it was calmer, people were actually well-behaved this year compared to last year,” said Robinson.

10 On Your Side reached out to Virginia Beach Police to get a count of the crowds, as well as arrests made, but did not get a response.

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