Sunday, April 14, 2024

Newport News has a new top cop

Steven Drew HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of the City of Newport News)
Steven Drew HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of the City of Newport News)

NEWPORT NEWS — This city’s police force has a new chief.

Steven R. Drew, currently the deputy chief of patrol operations and business services for the Richmond Police Department, has been selected to be the city’s new top cop.

Newport News City Manager Cindy Rohlf made the announcement Thursday morning.

“I am excited that Steve is joining the Newport News team to lead our nationally accredited Police Department,” Rohlf said. “His extensive law enforcement experience coupled with a strong belief in partnerships between the community and the police will serve our citizens well.”

Drew will oversee a staff of 600 sworn and non-sworn personnel and an annual operating budget of $49 million.

“Being selected as the next chief of police for the Newport News Police Department is the greatest honor of my career,” Drew said. “I am humbled but also incredibly excited to be selected to lead this excellent organization. The greatest assets we have in this organization are the men and women who serve this community. Community plays a vital role in today’s policing landscape. No organization can succeed without the public’s support. The Newport News Police Department will continue to grow in excellence as it serves this dynamic, historic city.”

City officials said Drew brings with him 24 years of “progressively responsible experience in local law enforcement”

He began his career as a Richmond Police officer moving up through the ranks to his current position of deputy police chief in April 2015.

Over the course of his career with the Richmond Police Department, Drew served in various leadership positions in the Narcotics Division, Citywide Gun and Drug Enforcement Unit, Major Crimes Division, and Patrol Operations, according to a news release from the city.

He is also credited with creating and implementing the 4th Precinct Community Response Team, the Organized Crime Street Level Narcotics Unit and a Plain Clothes Street Crimes Unit. Drew holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Urbana University and a master’s degree in business from Colorado State University.

Drew begins his new position on July 2 with an annual salary of $177,000, officials said.

He replaces Rick Myers who retired in August.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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