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Police chief credits community interaction to decrease in violent crime in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Police say five people were shot in four local cities over the weekend, and three of those victims died. 

For both Norfolk and Newport News, these are the first homicides detectives are investigating in 2019.

This time last year, Newport News detectives were already investigating three homicides.

10 On Your Side’s Tamara Scott checked in with Newport News on how police are trying to stop deadly violence.

Chief of Police Steve Drew said while the department could take all the credit, the credit is truly shared with the community and the relationship they’ve formed.

Yugonda Sample-Jones wants the best for her community in Newport News, but in the past it’s been the target of violent crime.

When the new chief arrived in town, she wanted to know who was going to be checking in on all of them.


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