Police Department

Chief's Message

Welcome to the Newport News Police Department website. Our website and other forms of public information are an increasingly important source for citizens and police professionals alike. Our goal is to provide timely, relevant, and useful information to assist you in learning about your police department and accessing our services. We welcome your input and feedback, both about this website and our overall services. Thanks for visiting the Newport News Police Department!

Police Chief – Richard W. Myers
Established – 1882
Accredited Since – 1986
Jurisdiction Population – 185,242
Jurisdiction Size – 69 sq. miles
Geographic Location – Southeast Virginia

The Newport News Police Department has the responsibility of safely and securely maintaining the city's law enforcement obligations. The number one goal is reducing crime and providing a safe environment for the citizens of Newport News.

Bureaus & Divisions

The Newport News Police Department (NNPD) consists of 4 major bureaus and other special divisions, sections, units and details:

  • Investigations Bureau
  • Management Services Bureau
  • Patrol Bureau
  • Support Bureau
  • Professional Standards Division
  • Public Information Office
CALEA Tri-Arc Award

The Newport News Police Department is proud to be a recipient of CALEA's Tri-Arc Award. The award is given to the governing body(s) and agencies that have concurrent CALEA accreditation for their law enforcement, public safety communications and public safety training agencies.

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2016 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program Grant Application:



The City of Newport News is eligible to apply for the 2016 Local Solicitation Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program grant. This grant is an annual grant that is awarded by the federal government based on a locality's population and crime statistics. The JAG funds allow localities to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their local needs and conditions.
The FY 2016 federal allocation for the City of Newport News is $105,320.
The intended use of these monies by the Police Department is to (1) use $20,000 for management training; and (2) $85,320 to purchase specialized police equipment to include:  surveillance cameras to place in high crime areas in the city, tasers, and body cameras.  In addition, the Forensics Unit will obtain an alternate light source to be used to identify evidence, and the CRASH team will purchase a piece of equipment that can analyze the black boxes in vehicles involved in serious crashes.
If you would like to comment on the use of these funds, please contact the Police Department at
taylorlb@nnva.gov.
  1. July 27, 2016 - Come Join Us In A Smoothie!

    In deference to the hot Virginia summer, the July 2016 "Coffee With A Cop" event is instead entitled "Smoothie With A Cop". Come join us at Patrick Henry Mall on 07/27/16, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for a smoothie and some conversation. Read on...
  2. Man Dies After Being Struck By Vehicular Traffic

    On 06/17/2016, a 54 year-old man was hit and killed after being struck by four different vehicles. One of those vehicles left the scene. We need your assistance locating the driver and vehicle. Read on...
  3. 06/23/2016 Daily Press - Weekly Wanted

    The Daily Press publishes a "Weekly Wanted" page in the paper that identifies suspects that are wanted by the Newport News and Hampton police departments. Read on...
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