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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

900 East Main Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219


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Phone: (804)786-5874 
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~ First of Attorney General Herring's five regional "train-the-trainer" sessions to be held this week in Staunton; additional sessions throughout the year to provide training opportunities for smaller agencies and underserved areas ~

RICHMOND(February 9, 2016)-Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced that the first of five regional law enforcement trainings on impartial policing, bias awareness, situational decision making, and other skills of 21st century policing is being held February 9-11 in Staunton. In September, Attorney General Herring announced a dual-track training initiative to provide current and future officers training opportunities in the latest techniques for advancing the complementary goals of promoting public safety while ensuring everyone is treated fairly and equally. Training will be provided by "Fair and Impartial Policing," a nationally renowned and highly-respected training firm led by Dr. Lorie Fridell and staffed by former law enforcement officials from across the country.


"The Virginia law enforcement community is committed to being the absolute best at what they do, and part of being the best is seeking out the latest data-driven and scientifically-sound training methods to promote safe, impartial policing," said Attorney General Herring. "These trainings will help keep our officers and communities safe while ensuring that every Virginian is treated fairly and equally. Those two goals are linked and they are keys to building the safe, successful communities we want. These trainings are going to supplement and complement the great work being done by law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth to instill these skills and tactics, and because these are 'train-the-trainer' sessions, we're really going to get a lot of bang for our buck. I really appreciate the incredible input and buy-in we have gotten from Virginia law enforcement and community leaders as we have worked to plan these training sessions and other initiatives to promote public safety, equal treatment, and 21st century policing."


All training sessions will be three day "train-the-trainer" sessions, where small groups of officers are given the skills to train their own agencies and other agencies on 21st century policing skills. Participating agencies and officers must commit to training their fellow officers across the state, producing a strong multiplier effect that will make additional training available to even more Virginia law enforcement officers, especially in smaller agencies or underserved areas.


The first training begins today in Staunton. The final day of training, Thursday, February 11, will be open to media from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm and Attorney General Herring will address participating officers at noon prior to the conclusion of the training.


Additional trainings will be held:

July 18-20

Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy

Newport News, Virginia


July 20-22      

Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.

Danville, Virginia


August 10-12

Southwest Higher Education Center

Abington, Virginia


October 26 - 28

Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy

Fredericksburg, Virginia


Regional trainings are part of Attorney General Herring's efforts to promote mutual trust and respect between Virginia communities and their law enforcement agencies, and to advance the dual goals of promoting public safety while ensuring everyone is treated fairly and equally. The package of initiatives was developed with significant input from community and faith leaders, law enforcement officials, and others.


In addition to regional trainings, Attorney General Herring and his team are leading the development of modern curriculum materials for use during law enforcement basic training at the Commonwealth's local and regional training academies. He is also working with the Danville and Martinsville Police Departments to pilot an initiative to help law enforcement agencies recruit more minority applicants and build police departments that reflect the cultural and racial makeup of the communities they serve. The data-driven initiative will produce a model for other Virginia law enforcement agencies to recreate and implement throughout the Commonwealth.



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