Retired NN Police Chief George C. Austin dies at 86

A former Newport News Police Chief, who was a pioneer for black police officers during the 1950s and 60s, has died. Full Story
Former Officer

United States

#1 Jan 10, 2008
Chief Austin was one of the finest folks I've ever met. He always avioded the limelight, he just wanted to do his job. I've been out of police work for over 25 years but I think of him often.

RIP Chief.
I am Independent-mode rate

Norfolk, VA

#2 Jan 10, 2008
Chief Austin was an asset to the community and will have made a lasting impact on the Police Department, the City and peninsula. I think the Chief will still look down on us with a watchful eye as he starts a new "beat". I am thankful for his service to our community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.
Will Be Missed

Williamsburg, VA

#3 Jan 10, 2008
Chief Austin was the last "in-house" Chief, and the last TRUE Police Chief in Newport News. He was kind, caring, and a true gentleman in all things. His troops always came first, and his focus had nothing to do with sound bites or TV cameras.

Rest well old friend.
Ken

Virginia Beach, VA

#4 Jan 10, 2008
My father worked in law enforcement for many years and whenever he spoke of Chief Austin it was always with the utmost respect and admiration so I know he was a fine man. I am sorry to hear of his death.
Bill Liddell

United States

#5 Jan 10, 2008
Chief Austin, was Major Austin commanding the admin branch when I applied for NNPD in 1975. By the time I was actually hired in 1976 he was Chief. Always considerate of his men, there was never a wall of rank between his officers and himself. He always had time for a comfortable, friendly word in the hallway and always knew your name. Even decades after retirement he remembered me when I stopped by his house to say "hey" after he'd had an illness. He was the consumate gentleman.
Scotty Williams

Canton, NC

#6 Jan 10, 2008
I remember meeting Chief Austin as a young child. He and my father were friend and and worked together on numerous occasions. I always remember he had time to spend with a child and make them feel speciqal and important. As I grew up, I truly understood what this man ment to our community and my chosen profession of law enforcement. He was a pioneer that broke down barriers. He was a roll model to all and proof that hard work, dedication and treating people with the same amount of respect you would want yourself treated is a plan for success. It was an honor to have him at my police academy graduation and as a friendly stop on my patrols of the Deep Creek area. Thank you Chief for your leadership, example and friendship.

God speed Sir. We have the watch for you now.
He was not about numbers

Portsmouth, VA

#7 Jan 10, 2008
Chief Austin was the last REAL Chief Newport News has had. He started in Newport News as an officer and worked his way up to Chief. Unlike the fake Chief Newport News has now, Chief Austin cared.
Tom Lee

United States

#8 Jan 11, 2008
Chief Austin was a true gentleman and a fine Chief. As noted by others, he was the last true "Newport News" Chief having come up through the ranks. I served under him from 1979 until his retirement and had the utmost respect for him as a leader and as a person. Since his retirement he has been a good friend and advisor. He will be truly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Wayne Chandler

San Diego, CA

#9 Nov 17, 2012
Chief Austin finally made it. I can remember the racial crap back in the day. There was no way Reverend Chief Blackman and his alcoholic Assistant Chief Donnie Burns were going to allow Major Austin to rise any higher than Major as long as they were around.

They left, he made Chief.

Go Chief Austin!

Since: Mar 08

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#10 Nov 20, 2012
Chief Austin was a good man. I knew him personally.
Mike Parker

San Diego, CA

#11 Feb 16, 2013
Wayne Chandler wrote:
Chief Austin finally made it. I can remember the racial crap back in the day. There was no way Reverend Chief Blackman and his alcoholic Assistant Chief Donnie Burns were going to allow Major Austin to rise any higher than Major as long as they were around.
They left, he made Chief.
Go Chief Austin!
I can remember being sent to Asst. Chief Donnie Burns house to to get him out of his unmarked police vehicle that sitting in his driveway. He was drunk and jabbering on his police radio. I thought to myself, if I had done that I would have been fired. Always red-faced Donnie Burns they called him. Oh well, good ole boy days.

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