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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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HERRING'S THIRD ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY TOUR TO FOCUS ON COMMUNITY POLICING AND TRAINING

~ Events across the state will highlight local agencies' efforts to provide exceptional training and to promote public safety through relationship building within the community ~

RICHMOND (March 4, 2016)-Next week, Attorney General Mark R. Herring will begin his third annual statewide public safety tour. This year's tour will highlight local efforts to promote training and community policing with visits to regional training academics and participation in community policing events that build stronger connections and lines of communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

 

"Over the last year we've really focused on the ways that we can support good work being done at the local level to promote mutual trust and respect between Virginia law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve," said Attorney General Herring. "Virginia law enforcement understands that they have to be a product and a reflection of their communities in order to be successful, and that no one wins when trust and lines of communication break down. That makes our communities less safe, it endangers our officers, and it makes it harder to solve crimes and hold criminals accountable. Community policing is a critical method of two-way communication that ensures law enforcement and citizens are working together to promote safe, successful communities. This tour is going to be an opportunity to shine a light on some good work being done around the state, to learn what else we can do to support our communities and law enforcement agencies, and to let folks around the state know about the work we are doing for them in the Attorney General's office."

 

To supplement and support efforts underway at the local level to promote safe, impartial, 21st century policing, Attorney General Herring has begun a dual-track training initiative to provide additional opportunities for training and professional development to current and future law enforcement officers. A series of regional trainings, which began in February and will continue through the summer, will provide additional training opportunities on 21st century policing to smaller agencies and those in underserved areas. Attorney General Herring and his team will also lead a long-term project to develop modern curricula for use at local and regional law enforcement training academies on the latest evidence-based skills and tactics for safe, impartial policing.

 

Attorney General Herring's office has also partnered with the Danville and Martinsville police departments on a pilot project to use data-driven strategies to recruit a more diverse set of officer candidates. The lessons learned will be incorporated into a model program that can be implemented in agencies across the state to ensure they are a product and reflection of the communities they serve.

 

This year's statewide public safety tour will include:

 

Monday, March 7, 2106

 

What:             Purcellville Police Department "Coffee with a Cop" with Chief Cynthia McAlister. Attorney General Herring will join Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister for Coffee with a Cop, a popular nationwide program for encouraging interaction and communication between law enforcement officers and community members in a relaxed setting.

 

When:             8:00 a.m.

 

Where:           Market Street Coffee

1020 East Main Street #1

Purcellville, Virginia

 

 

What:             Henrico Police Citizens Academy. Attorney General Herring will visit and briefly address participants in Henrico County Police's Citizens Academy. Henrico Police conducts two Citizens Police Academies and two Senior Citizens Police Academies annually and a Youth Police Academy during the summer. Participants learn about the department's mission, operations, crime prevention, and more.

 

When:             8:00 p.m.

 

Where:           Henrico County Public Safety Building

                        7721 East Parham Road

                        Henrico, Virginia

**Note-Attorney General Herring and Henrico Police Chief Douglas A. Middleton will be available to discuss the importance of community policing and the Citizens Academy, however the academy class itself will be closed press.**

 

 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 

What:             Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy Visit. Attorney General Herring will meet with Peninsula law enforcement and public safety officials to discuss their training and community policing priorities and ways to build stronger relationships between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

 

When:             10:00 a.m.

 

Where:           Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy

805 City Center Boulevard

Newport News, Virginia

 

What:             Statewide Triad Conference. Attorney General Herring will speak to approximately 200 older Virginians at his office's annual statewide Triad Conference. Triad is a community partnership between senior citizens and law enforcement facilitated by the Office of the Attorney General to help reduce crimes against the elderly by providing education and assistance. Attorney General Herring will deliver remarks about how older Virginians can help protect themselves against crime and how the new Triad chapter will make the partnership more accessible to seniors around the region.

 

When:             12:30 p.m.

 

Where:           Founders Inn

5641 Indian River Road

Virginia Beach, Virginia

 

 

What:             Norfolk Police Youth Academy. Attorney General Herring will sit-in on a session of the Norfolk Police Department Youth Academy. Approximately 30 young people are enrolled in the program to learn more about police work, good decision making, and staying safe while growing up.

 

When:             4:00 p.m.

 

Where:           Mary Calcott Elementary School

137 Westmont Avenue

Norfolk, Virginia

 

 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

What:             Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy Visit. Attorney General Herring will speak with approximately 45 recruits enrolled in the basic law enforcement academy about the importance of community policing, tour the facilities and try out some of the law enforcement simulators, and meet with senior leadership from the academy and member law enforcement agencies about their work to promote community policing and any support that the Office of Attorney General can provide.

 

When:             10:00 a.m.

 

Where:           Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

1200 Church Street

Lynchburg, Virginia

 

 

What:             Lynchburg Police Department Community Policing Presentation to the League of Women Voters. Attorney General Herring will join the Lynchburg Police Department for a presentation to the League of Women Voters on the department's efforts to promote community policing and build trust and lines of communication with the communities they serve.

 

When:             3:30 p.m.

 

Where:           Lynchburg Public Library Community Room

2315 Memorial Avenue

Lynchburg, Virginia

 

 

What:             Lynchburg Police Department R.S. Payne Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Attorney General Herring will join Lynchburg Police and members of the R.S Payne neighborhood for their neighborhood watch meeting.

 

When:             6:00 p.m.

 

Where:           Robert S. Payne Elementary School

                        1201 Floyd Street

Lynchburg, Virginia

 

 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

 

What:             Roanoke Police Department Coffee with a Cop. Attorney General Herring will join Roanoke Interim Police Chief Tim Jones and his officers, and Roanoke Sheriff Tim Allen and his deputies, for Coffee with a Cop, a popular nationwide program for encouraging interaction and communication between law enforcement officers and community members in a relaxed setting.

 

When:             8:00 a.m.

 

Where:           McDonald's - Hershberger Location

1335 Hershberger Road, NW

Roanoke, Virginia  24012

 

Friday, March 11, 2016

 

What:             Herndon Police Department "Coffee with a Cop" with Chief Maggie DeBoard. Attorney General Herring will join Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard for Coffee with a Cop, a popular nationwide program for encouraging interaction and communication between law enforcement officers and community members in a relaxed setting. Chief DeBoard is also on the steering committee of Attorney General Herring's project to eliminate Virginia's backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits.

 

When:             9:30 a.m.

 

Where:           Amphora's Diner Deluxe

1151 Elden Street

Herndon, Virginia

 

 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

 

What:             Running with Richmond Police Recruits. Attorney General Herring will join the Richmond Police Department's recruits for their morning run.

 

When:             7:45 a.m.

 

Where:           Richmond Police Academy

                        1202 West Graham Road

Richmond, Virginia

 

In 2014, Attorney General Herring held his first annual public safety tour, traveling more than 2,500 miles in two weeks to hold 22 regional meetings with representatives from more than 60 cities, counties, and towns. More than 75% of the meetings involved a discussion of the growing heroin and prescription drug overdose epidemic, prompting Attorney General Herring to develop and implement an aggressive, unprecedented five point plan to address the problem including education, prevention, and enforcement.

 

In 2015, Attorney General Herring again toured the Commonwealth, extending invitations to elected officials, law enforcement, and public safety officials from more than 58 agencies and localities to share their priorities, concerns, opportunities, and successes. Information gathered during the tour informed his efforts to promote safe, impartial, 21st century policing and to support local efforts to strengthen ties between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

 

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