Charlottesville Ambassadors Make Debut on Downtown Mall

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UPDATE: Fridays After Five has been canceled due to severe weather.

Beginning Friday there will be extra eyes and ears on the Charlottesville downtown mall. It's the official start of the ambassador program - a program that has been on a pilot-run all winter. Charlottesville City Council approved the new program at the end of last year. 

The program will officially start at the Fridays After Five event at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. The ambassadors will act as friendly help on the mall - directing tourists and also as an extra set of eyes for the Charlottesville Police Department.

The ambassadors are trained by both the convention and visitors bureau and the city's police department. 

"The ambassador program will be the folks that guide some of our tourists to some of the destinations on the downtown mall, whether it be for meals or whether it be for any particular services whether it be for transportation, bus routes and things of that sort," said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department.

There will be three different ambassador kiosks on the mall. One will be near Skybar, one by Ice Park and the other at Central Place.

The ambassadors will be out at 5:30 p.m.  and will be there all night long.