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Aug 11

A Message from Newport News Police Chief Myers

Posted on August 11, 2016 at 8:09 AM by Communications Department

In light of the recent Department of Justice report regarding the Baltimore Police Department, we wanted to reassure our citizens and community that the Newport News Police Department makes every effort to practice transparency, integrity and commitment to our community through our continued department-wide training and community policing efforts. Chief Myers_SC

Department Efforts:
*Body cameras: 100% of the Newport News Police patrol officers have been issued body cameras, along with many detectives and most supervisors. The body camera footage is reviewed by supervisors on a regular basis to ensure our officers are adhering to all NNPD policies.

*The Newport News Police Department has formed an Ethics Committee made up of Department employees who have the ability to review existing policies, practices, and best practices from the field, and make recommendations.

*All officers are in the process of completing procedural justice training classes, de-escalation training and use-of-force training.

*The Newport News Police Department employs a significant number of officers who have received CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training through the Community Services Board. This training enables the officers to safely handle situations involving mental illness or developmental disability. A number of CIT trained officers are assigned to work each shift. The goal of the Newport News Police Department is to have 100% of our officers CIT trained as soon as possible.

*The Newport News Police Department takes complaints from citizens very seriously. If a citizen has a complaint about a member of the department, they should feel confident that their complaint will be investigated fully. The NNPD Internal Affairs Division actively investigates complaints without prejudice or discrimination.

Community Policing Efforts:
*Each of the Newport News Police Department precincts regularly plan Department sponsored community events such as Coffee with a Cop, Smoothie with a Cop and Cola with a Cop events. Through these events, we hope to reach citizens and address their concerns, get to know them and work together to build a stronger community.

*NNPD School Resource Officers play an active role in school programs and youth camps. School Resource Officers assigned to the High Schools have formed Criminal Justice Clubs and meet on a regular basis with club members.

*The Newport News Police Department hosts a number of community programs to include the Citizen Police Academy, the Citizen Police Academy for Youth and the Citizen Police Academy for Seniors.

*Officers also play an active role in the Newport News Police Foundation’s Youth Leadership Camp and serve as team leaders, mentors and cheerleaders for the participants.

*The Newport News Police Department operates three Police & Pals trailers funded by the Newport News Police Foundation. Newport News Police Department Police Aide’s are often seen taking the trailers into neighborhoods and participating in sporting activities with youth members of the community.

*Officers with the Newport News Police Department are encouraged to get out of their cars as much as possible, interact with community members and patrol the communities on foot and bicycles.

We have shared only some of the many efforts we have underway to ensure accountability, employee empowerment, and community engagement. We welcome further inquiries if you have questions. We are YOUR Newport News Police, here to serve and work WITH you!