NEWPORT NEWS Va. (WAVY) — There’s a unit now reintroduced in Newport News that is taking back the community.
The goal is to get drugs and guns of the streets and reduce violent crime. Officers with the department say it is vital to cutting down on crime in the community.
According to Newport News police, there were five guns recovered by the High Impact Patrol Unit or HIP since September 24. Several guns were recovered including drugs and a gun seized from Warwick Blvd. and Old Courthouse Way. Additionally, a firearm was recovered after an accidental discharge on Old Colonial Way.
The HIP unit also recovered a weapon from a traffic stop and one person was charged.
Captain Jason Bollhorst says it’s important that the department brought HIP back.
“It was vital to get them back and running again.”
According to Bollhorst, HIP went away about two and a half years ago. However, staffing levels are back up and so is HIP. The unit was reintroduced just a few weeks ago.
“Their main focus is to combat violent crime in their districts. What we see in the city of Newport News is gangs, drugs, and of course where you have those two mixes, you have the guns,” said Bollhorst. “Friday night alone, I think they made five arrests for drugs and guns.”
As always, if you can help police cut down on crime you call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or use the P3 Tips app.