HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - Hampton City Council received an outline Tuesday afternoon from the City Manager and the Interim Police Chief of a plan to crack down on crime.
Increased patrols, community-government partnerships and surveillance cameras -- those are just a few of the plans proposed to act against the crime in Hampton.
The recent shootings of two babies outside a home and a teen who just left a carnival have prompted the City to take swift action.
"We need to play a proactive role. We need to get those neighborhood watches back up and running," said Hampton resident Veronica Davis. "We need to pick up that phone and call when we see something going on. We just can't lay on our loins and rely upon the police to do everything for us. We have to support our city as well."
The City Council work session Tuesday did not allow public comment, but the chambers were nearly packed. WAVY.com spoke with some of those in attendance.
"I think I like the partnership between our police, our community, city government," said resident Doreen Barnett. "We do the partnership, we get the partnership going and we'll be okay."
Councilman Will Moffett told WAVY.com he has high hopes for the proposals discussed.
"I think the proposal to go forth is going to make a difference," Moffett said. "It's going to send a message to our citizens that we do care, we are concerned. While we are a safe city, this uptick in violence, we seek to deal with it."
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