September 28, 2023

VBPD Awarded $8 Million Defense Community Infrastructure Program Grant

Funds will address urgent infrastructure upgrades at the agency’s Creeds Law Enforcement Training Facility

The Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) is elated to announce it is the recipient of an $8 Million Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP) grant. DCIP is designed to address deficiencies in community infrastructure supportive of a military installation. The DCIP grant will subsidize much-needed capital improvements at the agency’s Creeds Law Enforcement Training Facility (Creeds) which will enhance capacity, training capabilities, and mission readiness for VBPD personnel, as well as our military partners at Naval Air Station Oceana (NAS Oceana) and Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS), among others.

Creeds’ mission is to develop and sustain a state-of-the-art law enforcement facility providing VBPD and our various military, local, state, and federal partners relevant and modern training in the fields of: emergency vehicle operations, tactical response, breaching, active shooter/threat response, rescue task force, basic tactical medical aid, and use of force among other critical training requirements.

Creeds offers a unique training environment to include a simulated city, or “sim city,” that allows for realistic scenario based training. Creeds also has an Emergency Vehicle Operators Course, including dry and wet tracks, where personnel can practice priority and defensive driving techniques. Additionally, the facility houses a rappel tower, UTV/ATV trails, and several large areas used for helicopter landing zones.

The endowment for this project will be used to fund urgently needed upgrades to renovate the existing sim city buildings, construct a new rappel tower, increase sprinkler system capacity on the skid track, repave all hard surfaces, and upgrade lighting and existing traffic signals located at the 225-acre training facility.

“I want to express my sincerest appreciation to Delegate Anne Tata for bringing this grant to our attention,” said VBPD Police Chief Paul W. Neudigate. “The upgrades this grant will provide will be invaluable to VBPD and the many partner agencies who train here, allowing us to continue to safely hone our skills in a controlled environment.”

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