HAMPTON, Va. (WVEC) – Hampton is the second city this week to address growing gun violence.
Hampton police are creating a special task force targeting guns, gangs and drugs.
Just like in Newport News, officers are focusing on specific neighborhoods where gun violence happens the most.
So far this year, there have been 19 homicides in the city of Hampton. Guns were involved in 17 of those homicides.
Officer Ashley Jenrette says they're coming up with a new strategy to lower those numbers. Officers plan to focus their efforts on high crime areas throughout the city, through a new community response team.
“It should be important because it's going to restore that feeling of safety that our community wants,” Cpl. Jenrette says.
Hampton police officers intend to walk neighborhoods and hold meetings within the next week, to discuss how violent crime is affecting their neighborhoods.
“The police we can't do it alone, we need the community to help us,” Cpl. Jenrette says.
Doctor Gregory Selby is hoping for change in the city of Hampton. When or where it's coming from, he's unsure.
As someone who's worked with young people for more than 30 years, and someone who has grand-kids of his own, Selby is always preaching about safety in the community.
“I think for many years we have been concerned about the violence in Newport News, and we are the sister city so we are concerned as well,” Selby says.