CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Members of the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch are working to move Chesapeake’s second police precinct to a new location.
“We are trying to get the second precinct of the Chesapeake Police Department moved from 20th Street to Poindexter Street in the old South Norfolk Memorial Library building that’s been vacant for a few years,” said Vicki Josue, who was working to get signatures for a petition at Lakeside Park, following the July 4th parade Monday.
She estimated about 400 people have signed the petition.
“It was brought up two years ago by a council member and then it got pushed to the side, so it came up again and we said we’ll just start a petition and try to get it moving.”
Supporters say the move would promote a safe environment for the neighborhood.
“It’s visibility coming off of 464. It’s a beautiful gateway. We have a gorgeous place. South Norfolk’s a wonderful place to live. We’re just trying to protect that environment,” Josue said.
The petition also has supporters online at Change.org.
Josue believes a relocation could also boost economic growth.
“We feel like if we get the police station moved, maybe retail would come in and buy some properties up because the police, they’ve got to have somewhere to eat,” she said.
Josue plans to present the petition to city council in a few weeks and said she already has the support of some council members. WAVY News left a message with the police department to see how leaders there feel about the idea.