NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Newport News Police Department split into groups and went door-to-door to speak with those living in the Lexington Commons and Courthouse Green areas about crime.
It was part of their community engagement walks.
“This is a neighborhood that presents some challenges for us,” said Newport News Chief Steve Drew.
As they made their way to different homes, the officers had a message, if you see something say something.
The chief says it’s good to see people opening their doors to have conversations with officers.
There was also a familiar face out walking with officers Thursday night, 10-year-old Malachi, who was shot in the head during a birthday party in Newport News in June.
He was walking right alongside police passing out flyers asking people to speak up about crime.
“They need to gather up and just help us out,” said Malachi Smith.
His mom says there’s no reason not to speak up.
10 On Your Side asked Chief Drew if he thinks walks like these are successful. He says he bases it off a few things: the number of people who answer the door, and how many people call in tips after a crime.
He says in the last three shootings that happened in the city, citizens stepped up to help catch the criminals.
During this walk, officers did get a list of things people were concerned about in their neighborhood. A few mentioned were speeding, drug use, wanting more lighting and police presence.