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Police swears in two dozen students for new program

NEWPORT NEWS — The city’s police department swore-in 24 high school students in the Youth Adult Police Commissioners program at the Mariners’ Museum and Park Thursday.

The students were picked based on leadership skills and an interest in the police department, Jamie Bastas, police spokeswoman, wrote in an email.

According to the NNPD’s announcement, police Chief Steve Drew created the program last month so youth could voice city issues, work with officers and learn more about the department.

The group meets twice a month until the end of the school year and were chosen by the school resource officer, guidance counselor and principal, Bastas said.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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