NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport Information Police Chief Steve Drew continues to attempt to get in entrance of crime with hopes of taking again the neighborhood.
Drew says he’s dedicated to bonding with the neighborhood to create a safer metropolis.
He says the newest statistics launched August 18, 2019 present that general crime is down within the metropolis. Town has seen a 10 % lower in general crime to this point this yr.
“This time final yr the town had 17 homicides, as we speak we’ve 15, that’s 11 % down,” Drew mentioned.
The newest occurred this previous weekend, based on police. Round three:30 p.m. Saturday, officers had been dispatched to the 100 Block of Ottis Avenue in response to the taking pictures. Police say they positioned a lady who had been shot. She was pronounced useless on the scene.
The demise has been dominated a murder and police say they imagine it was home associated. In accordance with the chief, home violence is the one crime that’s up within the metropolis.
“I’ve received to discover a higher method to deal with home violence,” Drew mentioned. “We now have virtually a 99 % fee, however I’m involved about what occurs in courtroom, and I’m involved about being proactive.”
He revealed that within the fall, the division plans to usher in a civilian home violence advocate.
He additionally revealed that he’s beginning a extra proactive strategy with the youth of the town. With that mentioned, starting in September, the division may have a liaison for each metropolis elementary faculty. For at the least 30 minutes every week, the officer will work together with elementary college students, from strolling the halls to a lunch break with college students.
“I would like the women and men of this division to work together with the youth of our metropolis. I would like them to have a quantity for the principal at that faculty and I would like the principal to have a primary level of contact for all elementary faculties. I f there’s a problem happening, in the event that they wish to have one thing with the police division they’ve somebody to name immediately.”
Drew additionally unveiled a brand new ceremony happening within the metropolis come September as a 9-11 tribute. Keep up to date on the occasion with WAVY-TV 10.