VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach Police begin surveys in select neighborhoods to evaluate the public's feelings of safety.

Chief Jim Cervera and members of his command staff, along with precinct police officers and members of the Human Rights Commission will start in the Third Precinct area today at 5p.m.

Map of the city by precinct

The department hopes to strengthen connections between the police and community members and help the department obtain information on what is needed to improve safety.

'Through the Mayor's Action Challenge initiative, we hope to involve members of the community as we develop a plan to increase the number of Virginia Beach families that can enjoy their lives without fear of danger, injury, or damage,' spokeswoman Tonya Borman wrote in a press release.

Chief Cervera hopes the group will interview 1500 to 2000 residents throughout the four police precincts.

Officers will also be providing information pamphlets pertaining to crime prevention tips and other information to help citizens become more involved in their community.

Officers will be conducting these surveys on the following dates and times:
August 20 at 5 p.m. -- Third Precinct
September 10 at 5 p.m. -- First Precinct
September 17 at 5 p.m. -- Fourth Precinct
September 24 at 5 p.m. -- Second Precinct

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