NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Steve Drew is hoping to make Newport News a safer city.
Drew is inviting people to come to the New Beech Grove Baptist church for the third in a series of community engagement meeting.
Since taking over as police chief in July, Drew says the crime rate is improving and people are helping police solve more crimes.
“We talk over and over again how important it is for a community to take ownership of where they live residents to take ownership of their neighborhoods or their streets. I’ve seen that. We’ve seen a lot of cases cleared very very quickly because of that very reason,” said Drew.
Depsite the improvements, there have been 18 homicides this year in Newport News. Police have made arrests in four of those cases.
The most recent homicide happened Wednesday morning.
Police say someone shot 20-year-old Breonna Patterson to death inside her apartment.
Drew says building relationships with the community is the key to finding who commits crimes like this. He spoke with 10 On Your Side at the crime scene.
“What I ask the citizens of Newport News or anyone that heard anything or saw anything. The same thing that we preach over and over again. If you see something or if you know anything let us know. Even the smallest piece that someone may think is insignificant could be the piece of the puzzle that we are missing,” he said.
Thursday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the New Beech Grove Baptist Church, 361 Beechmount Drive.