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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

Downtown Norfolk Council Public Safety Ambassadors

It’s snowing out, and as I look around downtown, all I see are police cars, bulldozer’s moving snow, and, wait, what is that? -- It’s the Downtown Norfolk Council (DNC) Public Service Ambassadors out shoveling snow off of sidewalks!

I didn’t realize what an invaluable asset our Ambassadors are to the downtown district until I was transferred to work here. Ambassadors are the welcoming committee of the downtown improvement district and the City of Norfolk.

Need directions? Ask an Ambassador. Need to know where to park? Ask an Ambassador. Need dining advice, hours of operation of various businesses, a ride around downtown? Call F.R.E.D (free ride every day). And the shoveling of snow? I have come to realize that there is not too much the Ambassadors won’t do for you while you are downtown. You just need to ask.

I have come to appreciate the unique relationship that the police department and the DNC Ambassadors have had during my time here. They keep a keen eye out for the unusual and are quick to report suspicious activity during their duties. Numerous times I have needed to know the contact person for a business, who owns a vacant property, and countless other types of information that - if it were not for the Ambassadors, it would have taken me much longer to get the information I needed.

As you travel around downtown and you see an Ambassador, take a second to thank them for their service. They are truly an integral part of what makes Norfolk great!

(Keep those tips, suggestions and emails coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and as always, “I look forward to seeing you downtown in the Green Sector.”)

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