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​Tips from the NNPD

​• Make sure all windows are rolled up – all the way.
​• Do not leave extra or spare keys in your automobile.
​• Do not leave valuables in your automobile (whether in plain sight or hidden).
​• Do not leave valuables in your trunk (if your automobile is unlocked, a thief can get to your trunk.)
​• Park your automobile in a lit area.
​• Park your automobile in your garage or driveway if possible.
​• Never leave your automobile running. • Install an anti-theft device that is highly visible, hard to defeat, and that renders the automobile un-drivable.
​ • Do not leave important papers, especially a car title, in your automobile. • Invest in a tracking device in case your vehicle is stolen.
​ • Record the serial numbers of aftermarket stereos, or other items.
​• Engrave your driver’s license number on your stereos, speakers, and cellular phones.
​• Do not leave your garage door opener in plain sight in your automobile. • Consider a security camera on your property.
​• Report suspicious activity or persons via 911 immediately.


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Welcome to the Newport News Police Department website. Our website and other forms of public information are an increasingly important source for citizens and police professionals alike. Our goal is to provide timely, relevant, and useful information to assist you in learning about your police department and accessing our services. We welcome your input and feedback, both about this website and our overall services. Thanks for visiting the Newport News Police Department!

Police Chief – Michael C. Grinstead, Acting Chief of Police
Established – 1882
Accredited Since – 1986
Jurisdiction Population – 185,242
Jurisdiction Size – 69 sq. miles
Geographic Location – Southeast Virginia

The Newport News Police Department has the responsibility of safely and securely maintaining the city's law enforcement obligations. The number one goal is reducing crime and providing a safe environment for the citizens of Newport News.

Bureaus & Divisions

The Newport News Police Department (NNPD) consists of 4 major bureaus and other special divisions, sections, units and details:

  • Investigations Bureau
  • Management Services Bureau
  • Patrol Bureau
  • Support Bureau
  • Professional Standards Division
  • Public Information Office

CALEA Tri-Arc Award

The Newport News Police Department is proud to be a recipient of CALEA's Tri-Arc Award. The award is given to the governing body(s) and agencies that have concurrent CALEA accreditation for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training agencies.


An EEOP is a workforce report that we are required to submit to the Department of Justice as a condition for receiving Justice Department funding authorized by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act (Safe Streets Act) of 1968. The purpose of the EEOP is to make sure that recipients of financial assistant from the Justice Department are providing equal employment opportunities to men and women regardless of sex, race or national origin. The federal regulations establishing the EEOP requirement also link a diverse workforce to effective law enforcement. EEOP Report.