Norfolk police use radio show for community outreach

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police are using a new platform to connect with people in the community — they’re hitting the airwaves.

At a time when community relations between police officers and the people they serve are tense, Norfolk officers want you to see more than flashing lights and headlines. They want you to see them as partners in making the city you live in a better place. And they’re using the radio to reach out.

You can hear the Norfolk Police Department’s radio show every first and third Thursday at 9 a.m. It’s called “We Are ONE, NPD and YOU.”

“It was about a year ago that we decided to partner with them so we could have an interactive part that Norfolk police could play with the radio station,” said Steven Alexander, of McDonald in the Morning on 1350AM. “They’re very personable. They’re very honest and straight forward. If they can’t answer a question, they’ll tell you this is an ongoing situation.”

The NPD is working with Willis broadcasting, the only African-American owned media group in Virginia. They say you can ask about anything and they’ll respond with what they know or the resources you may need.

“A young lady called and said she was having problems with people running red lights in her community,” said Sgt. Windsor Brabson. “I was able to contact the traffic supervisor and he put some officers out there and wrote some summons. I think it’s a very good tool to reach out to the community and let them know police are still people. I always say, one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch.”

They want you to know that you can call in whenever they’re on the air and just talk. Norfolk police say they really want this to be a growing platform where you can give tips on crimes, where they can recruit and share information and, most importantly, connect. The police chief will even be popping in from time to time.

If you want to check out the program, tune in this Thursday morning. You can call in to the show at 757-624-9475.

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