There are currently approximately 185 veterans employed by the Newport News Police Department. Within the next couple of weeks, the Department will be offering all their employees who served in the military a special pin, from their respective branch of service, to wear under their name badge. (See enclosed photograph.)
“The purpose is twofold,” said Assistant Chief Eric Randall. “First and foremost, we want to thank our team members for their commitment to our country and for choosing to continue that commitment of service to our city, by joining the NNPD.
“Second, we live in a transient area with many active and retired military. We’re hoping this program will spark conversations between veterans and officers who share a common bond,” added Randall.
Chief Randall served in the United States Navy and stated he is looking forward to getting his pin, being out in the community and seeing how citizens react to the program.