Hampton police to hold community meetings addressing crime

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — Hampton police are planning to hold community meetings throughout the city to address a recent uptick in crime.

Last week, the police division announced that it was launching a task force to focus on reducing crime.

Since October 1, police say there’s been an increase in violent crime involving guns throughout Hampton. Each homicide has been unrelated, and in each incident, the victim and suspect were known to each other. Police are dedicating all available resources to help solve these crimes and prevent more from happening.

Hampton police create Community Response Team to target crime

Police say the unit will be made up of officers from various backgrounds and specialties throughout the division and will focus its efforts on high crime areas throughout the city.

Authorities are encouraging residents to help them by providing any information they may know about criminal activity in their neighborhoods and to report any suspicious activity.

Police say they will hold community meetings throughout the city next week to discuss the Community Response Team and how violent crime is impacting neighborhoods. The exact dates for those meetings have not yet been announced.

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