Newport News’ incoming police chief holds meet and greet with the community

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — People from all over Newport News gathered inside the police building to meet the man who is taking over the task of handling crime in their community.

10 On Your Side told you last week that Steve Drew was picked to be the city’s newest police chief. 
 
On Wednesday, neighbors like Donna and Curtis Grubbs got the chance to meet with him.
 
Donna Grubbs is part of a group of citizens that work to curb violence in Newport News.
 
She had a specific topic she wanted to talk about.
 
“We focus on youth success. We know that if our youth are successful then violence will go down,” said Grubbs.
 
That’s something Drew says he wants to focus on as well.
 
Others who showed up like Patrick Biron say they have jobs that could cross paths with the new chief
 
“Radio maintenance, I take care of police, fire-rescue, public works, pub utilities,” said Biron.
 
Biron says he wanted to meet the chief face-to-face, in case they have to work together down the road.
 
Others like Ella Abney didn’t have anything specific to talk about
 
“Whatever comes up, nothing in particular,” said Abney.
 
Drew was fine with that. He says the amount of people who showed up Wednesday night meant a lot to him.
 
“I think it sends a strong message to our citizens, to our communities, partnerships, our faith leaders,” Drew said
 
Drew will start his new role in July.

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