Gang Unit

The mission of the Newport News Police Special Investigation Section, Gang Unit is to proactively prevent, interdict, and combat criminal gang activity on every front; with every tool lawfully available including civil remedies. All Newport News Police Department sworn employees have the responsibility for detection, investigation and suppression of criminal behavior and activity of gang members.

This mission will be accomplished through the integration of presence, deterrence, investigation, education, intervention, diversion, suppression, enforcement, prosecution, and incarceration. The Gang Unit also makes educational presentations to civic groups and neighborhood associations.

The following information is intended to help parents and other concerned citizens in identifying early warning signs of gang involvement. It is not intended to label or target a particular individual who may exhibit some of the listed characteristics. This information is provided by the Newport News Police Department for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as conclusive proof of gang or criminal involvement.