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Oct 28

Task Force Created to Target Violent Crimes

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 8:46 AM by Communications Department

The Newport News Police Department is forming a task force to address violent crime, particularly gun violence, and citizens are invited to a meeting about it next week. Join the Police Department on Tuesday, November 1st at 7 p.m. at New Beech Grove Baptist Church, 326 Tabbs Lane, to learn about the planned efforts, which will start in November and run until the end of the year.
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The mission of the Police Department is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, and to enhance public safety and quality of life. To meet this mission, the Department has implemented many proactive/prevention programs and for several years placed a high priority on community relationship building. These efforts have yielded an improvement in the public trust and a partnership towards crime reduction. However, despite crime rates declining nationally, certain crimes of violence in Newport News have remained steady. This short-term, task force approach will provide experienced police officers in targeted areas, focusing exclusively on known offenders who are most likely to engage in additional gun violence. Despite NNPD’s significant manpower challenges, this team is being formed to provide an intensity of focus that the Patrol Bureau’s precinct officers could not afford given the calls for service load.

The officers assigned to the task force will work both in uniform and plain clothes, and there are multiple supervisors also assigned. Training will include a strong emphasis on procedural justice and constitutional policing, de-escalation, and officer safety. These officers will be trained to work with neighbors and businesses within their target areas, to address their fears and concerns as they seek out those who victimize the neighborhoods. After the task force completes efforts, the Department will evaluate impact and consider alternatives.