Hampton's crackdown on crime goes mobile

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 31 at 5:21 PM

HAMPTON-Hampton's crackdown on crime is going mobile.  

On any given day, the fully-manned Mobile Command Center will set up in high crime areas. Officers will go door-to-door to talk with people about what's going on where they live.

"We'll be asking about what’s going on in the neighborhood, their concerns and any information they might have on crime, no matter how insignificant they think it might be," said Cpl. Mary Shackelford.

There is no schedule of locations or times that the vehicle will be setting up, but Shackelford stressed, "It will be apparent where we are. There will be a lot of police officers and we'll do this as long as necessary."

The Hampton Police Dept. also has started saturation patrols in high crime areas. That effort is focused on crime prevention by stopping drugs, gangs and other illegal activity.

These initiatives come after City Council approved money for anti-crime efforts, spurred in part by several shootings in one week, including the wounding of two children and murder of a woman in a shopping center parking lot.

Shackelford says the department wants to work with residents to fight crime.

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