College Beach Weekend Ambassadors get to work

13News Now Chenue Her has the story

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia Beach police are out in full force this weekend at the oceanfront for college beach weekend.

Even with more than 300 officers, they're still getting extra help from some college students. There will be the same number of police and student ambassadors every night throughout the weekend.

This is the third year in a row college students are teaming up with VBPD to do this.

"If we do see something suspicious, we're supposed to call and let them know," said Jessica Suter, a Virginia Wesleyan student who volunteered to be an ambassador.

Not only is she working as extra eyes and ears for police this weekend... Suter said they're also responsible for de-escalating any minor incidents, if possible.

"We're not law enforcement so we're not here to stop any crime or anything, just stop the small stuff before it gets big," said Suter.

A few years ago, beach weekend was interrupted with violence along the oceanfront.

Like a few of her peers, she's a Virginia Beach native, so beach weekend is something she's always known about and she's hoping to keep it fun and peaceful.

"Because I've lived in Virginia Beach for so long, I've been raised by the beach. It's my beach and I just want to help out in any way I can," she said.

A spokeswoman with VBPD said they have numerous officers working overtime this weekend to keep up with the crowds at the oceanfront.

At all times, there will be an officer within at least 50 feet of an ambassador.

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