Newport News officers and residents working to improve community

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A group of Newport News residents and officers are working together to improve the community.

“For too long in American society, communities have completely handed over an expectation of addressing community problems to local law enforcement,” says Police Chief Richard Myers.

Myers and many others attended the third C.R.I.M.E. Summit held at Warwick High School on Saturday. C.R.I.M.E. stands for creating responsibility in my environment.

Myers says the joint effort started in early 2015 to address a number of community issues.

“Many of the problems outline today are not police problems. They’re not against the law. They don’t involve crime. They involve a grassroots community approach to improve,” Chief Myers says.

Six groups were created to focus on six different topics. Those include reducing homelessness, strengthening families and creating success for youth.

Chief Myers says the event was held to report each groups’ progress and to bounce ideas off each other.

“That’s what this whole program is about, to empower the community and join us as partners addressing root problems,” says Myers.

If you are interested in getting involved with the C.R.I.M.E. Project, you can call the Newport News Police Department’s non-emergency number at 757-247-2500 , or visit their website at