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Making a Difference...One Student at a Time!

Assistant Police Chief Williams and Officer Komorowski visited Lakeview Elementary on Friday, February 17, 2017 to speak with young men who are part of the school's “Gentlemen’s Club” put together by school Guidance Counselor, Ms. Capser. Ms. Casper decided to start a club for young men in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade to ensure that they were given the proper tools to help make them successful citizens for the future. The young men learn about respect, the importance of manners, how to choose a career field, and so much more.

We appreciate all that Ms. Casper is doing for these young men at Lakeview Elementary and are very excited that she invited our officers to come and speak with them one on one Friday.

Giving back to our community and building trust is very important to us!
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2/21/17
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For Immediate Release: February 15, 2017

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE EARLY EVENING ROBBERY TO LOCAL DISCOUNT STORE

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Major Crimes Unit are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery that occurred at a local discount store this evening. At approximately 9:07 p.m., police communications received a 911 call requesting police assistance to Dollar General Store, located at 1711 Effingham Street, for a robbery that had just occurred. According to detectives, the suspect approached the clerk, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. As the clerk was attempting to comply with the suspect’s demand, several public safety radios being carried by Portsmouth Firefighters inside the business, were alerted and drew the suspect’s attention to them. It appears that the suspect was unaware of their presence inside the store. Upon hearing the alert tones, the suspect immediately fled the business on foot and empty handed. No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a black male who was last seen wearing all black clothing and a white mask. Detectives need your help identifying the suspect involved in this case. They are asking anyone with information about this incident or who may recognize the suspect in the surveillance video footage to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP℠ (1-888-562-5887). Callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property, they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

When more information becomes available, an update will follow.

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A special thank you goes out to the students of Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Hanson's classes at Alliance Christian Academy for putting together 240 Valentine's Day goody bags for our officers. The students presented the bags to K9 Officer Gillette, Sergeant Levins, SRO Moore, Lieutenant Covey, SRO Watson, and SRO Burkett. Lieutenant Covey will be distributing the bags to our officers to ensure they see how important they are to the students at Alliance Christian Academy. Thank you so much for showing our officers how much they are appreciated for the job they do! You are all amazing citizens!!
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2/14/17
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With Valentine's Day just around the corner, many of us are finalizing our plans by picking out the right card and making reservations at the best restaurant in town. However, scammers are also on the prowl to find just the right person to con through a "Romance Scam". The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning citizens about these "Romance Scams" in an effort to help individuals avoid becoming a victim of this rising crime. Remember, con artists know exactly how to exploit the vulnerability of their victims, as most individuals freely post details about their lives and personalities on dating and social media sites.

To stay safe online, be careful what you post. Always use reputable dating websites, but assume that con artists may still be "trolling" the site you are on. If you develop a romantic relationship with someone you meet online, keep this in mind:

* Research the person’s photo and profile using online searches to see if the material has been used elsewhere.
* Go slow and ask lots of questions.
* Beware if the individual seems too perfect or quickly asks you to leave a dating service or Facebook to go “offline.”
* Beware if the individual attempts to isolate you from friends and family or requests inappropriate photos or financial information that could later be used to extort you.
* Beware if the individual promises to meet in person but then always comes up with an excuse why he or she can’t. If you haven’t met the person after a few months, for whatever reason, you have good reason to be suspicious.
* Never send money to anyone you don’t know personally. Once you refuse to give them anything you will see a change in their behavior and attitude.

If you suspect an online relationship is a scam, stop all contact immediately. To learn more, click the link below.

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UPDATE: February 11, 2017 @ 5:00am: Detectives have located 10-year-old Nyasia D. Whitfield safe and unharmed. Nyasia was found in the 100 block of Bunche Boulevard by a Portsmouth Police Department Auxiliary Officer who responded to assist with the search. Thank you to everyone who shared the information in this release and shared our posts on social media.

For Immediate Release: February 10, 2017

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING CHILD

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing 10-year-old child who ran away from her family members. According to detectives, 10-year-old Nyasia D. Whitfield was last seen running in the 400 block of Taft Drive at approximately 7:30 p.m. after getting upset. Responding officers and family members have been unable to locate Nyasia.

Nyasia Whitfield is a black female that stands approximately 5’ tall and weighs 75 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and has her hair is pulled up into three large ponytails with large black beads. Nyasia was last seen wearing dark colored jeans, black shoes and the purple coat in the picture below.

If you have seen 10-year-old Nyasia Whitfield or know her whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781. 
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UPDATE, February 9, 2017 @ 5:50 p.m.: Detectives have located 79 year-old Robert Mott safe and unharmed. Thank you for sharing this post.


For Immediate Release: February 9, 2017

PORTSMOUTH DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department Special Victims Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man. According to detectives, 79-year-old Robert G. Mott was last seen at his home in the 5100 block of Portsmouth Boulevard by a neighbor approximately one week ago. Mr. Mott has not been seen or heard from since that time. Detectives are concerned for Mr. Mott’s well-being because he has a medical condition that requires medication and regular monitoring by a physician.

Detectives believe that Mr. Mott may be driving a white Nissan Sentra with Virginia tags of 5034ME. Robert Mott is a white male that stands 5’11” tall and weighs approximately 228 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. If you have seen Robert Mott or know his whereabouts, please contact the Portsmouth Police Department immediately at (757) 393-5300 or Detective A. Mannings at (757) 718-6781. 
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Today, members of the Portsmouth Police Department Underwater Search & Rescue/Recovery Team, along with over 100 other public safety divers, provided in-water safety support at Virginia Beach Oceanfront during the 25th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. #2017PolarPlunge #SpecialOlympics #PPDUnderwaterSearchAndRescueTeam
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For Immediate Release: February 3, 2017

DETECTIVES SEEK TO IDENTIFY PERSONS OF INTEREST IN ROBBERY INVESTIGATION

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Detectives with the Portsmouth Police Department General Assignment Division are seeking assistance from the public to help them identify two persons of interest who may have vital information regarding a street robbery that occurred on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 just after 1:00 a.m., in the 800 block of Randolph Street.

Anyone who may know the identity of the two men pictured in the video footage is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP ℠ or Detective Baker at (757) 393-8536. Callers are never asked to give their name or required to testify in court. If a caller’s tip leads to an arrest, the recovery of drugs or stolen property they could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1000.

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FOOTBALL FANS DON'T LET OTHER FANS DRIVE DRUNK!!!

Just as the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons gear up for Superbowl LI, football fans are gearing up for their long awaited Superbowl parties. From chips to chili to dips and more, many Superbowl fans are busy planning their food preparing their homes, and picking the team they will cheer onto victory. But have you thought about how to prevent DRUNK DRIVING?

The Portsmouth Police Department reminds out citizens that the best OFFENSE is to put up the BEST DEFENSE and SHUT OUT drunk driving this Superbowl Sunday. If you are hosting a party or just attending one, have a GAME PLAN in place if you plan to serve or consume alcoholic beverages.
Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

* If you are attending a party and plan to consume alcohol, have a designated driver.
* Be responsible and think ahead. Take an UBER or CAB to the party so you have to take an UBER or CAB to get home after you have been drinking.
* If you are hosting a party, be sure that your guests do not have access to their car keys if they have been consuming alcohol. Call them a cab or let them crash on your couch and not into another car or object if they drive home. Remember buzzed driving is drunk driving!
* Download the "SAFERRIDE" app from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to your Apple or Android phone. It will help you to call a cab or a friend for a ride home and even tell you exactly where you are located.
* If you are hosting a party, look for NHTSA's "SAFERRIDE" app on your guests cellphone. You can use it to locate a friend or family member to come pick up you guest and ensure that they get home safely!

Remember drunk driving takes a life in America every 51 minutes and the average cost to associated with a drunk driving arrest is $10,000.00. With statistics like that, saving lives and stopping drunk driving should be a TOP PRIORITY for anyone hosting a Superbowl Party!

(Take a moment to read this article from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and learn more about preventing Drunk Driving this Superbowl Sunday)

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We are proud to announce that Officer Michael Floriano was bestowed with the Portsmouth Rotary Club's 2016 Officer of the Year award.
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