Why NNPD?

Newport News Police Department is the fourth largest municipal police department in Virginia. We employ more than 400 sworn officers and approximately 170 civilian personnel. We are nationally accredited by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies), the gold standard in public safety.

Here are some of the many reasons Newport News Police Department may be right for you:

Earn While You Learn. NNPD's Basic Law Enforcement Academy is free, and recruits earn a regular paycheck while in training. Visit the Benefits page to learn about salary information, as well as health insurance, Virginia Retirement System pension benefits, and more. 

Training is a BLE22_600px Opens in new windowTop Priority. Newport News Police Department has its own training academy, which provides skills and education well beyond what Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (VDCJS) requires. Our Basic Law Enforcement Academy lasts about 29 weeks plus a minimum of 10 weeks with a Field Training Officer. Training does not stop there. We provide officers with 40 hours in-service training per year, which is twice the amount required by VDCJS.

NNPD's Training Academy is accredited by the VDCJS, so veterans can collect GI benefits while in the academy.

Already have VDCJS certifications? NNPD also hires Certified Police Officers and gives credited service for lateral transfers.

Adopt-a-school_600pxCommitted to our Community. That's not just our motto. Our commitment to community is weaved into the fabric of this organization and is at the forefront of everything we do. NNPD has a dedicated Community and Youth Outreach Division, which organizes various programs and activities for interacting with the community. Additionally, officers participate in several walks and events throughout the year to build and strengthen relationships with citizens and enhance safety. 



Fast TOU_600px Opens in new windowTrack to Investigative and Specialty Units. Newport News officers are eligible to join our specialty or investigative units after just 18 months.

Our investigative units include Homicide, Special Victims, Criminal Intelligence, and more.

Our specialty units include the Crash Reconstruction Team, Marine Unit, Tactical Operations Unit, and more.

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Pioneers in Policing. From our investments in technology - such as our new Real-Time Crime Center - to our innovative initiatives - like our domestic violence and mental health programs - NNPD is constantly looking for new ways to fight crime and serve our community.


Here are some more important initiatives:

Visit nnva.gov/police to explore our entire website.

Ready to apply? Visit nnva.gov/recruit 

Text "JoinNNPD” to 757-767-4826 

Have questions? Email nnpd-recruiting@nnva.gov 

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Meet Chief Drew


               Chief of Police Steve Drew speaks during an October 2021 graduation ceremony



Newport News Police Department's 2021 Year-End Press Conference



Annual Reports

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