AG Herring Continues Statewide Public Safety Tour

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is continuing on a two-week public safety tour of the state.

Herring launched the tour on Monday in Hampton Roads and has events scheduled in Culpeper and Fredericksburg on Tuesday. He has planned 22 regional meetings.

Officials say the meetings will allow Herring to hear from local public safety and law enforcement leaders and elected officials about challenges in their area and ways that his office can help protect their communities.

Herring's office says invitations have been extended to community leaders, law enforcement and public safety officials from 58 localities.

Office of Attorney General Mark HerringRichmond--Today, Attorney General Mark R. Herring launched a two week public safety tour of Virginia in which he will hold 22 regional meetings to hear from local public safety and law enforcement leaders and local elected officials about challenges in their area and ways that he can help protect our communities.

"I want to hear directly from those who know best about the ways the Attorney General's office can work for the people of Virginia and best serve each community," said Attorney General Herring. "This office is uniquely positioned to coordinate responses to emerging public safety threats, to advocate for the needs of law enforcement and prosecutors, and to help spread innovative and effective strategies and programs. I hope these conversations will provide valuable input on how best to focus our energies and allocate our offices' resources."

Invitations have been extended to community leaders, law enforcement and public safety officials from 58 localities to share their priorities, concerns, and opportunities with the Attorney General. For each regional meeting, at least the mayor or chair of the Board of Supervisors, Commonwealth's Attorney, sheriff, and police chief of each locality has been invited, with attendance varying according to availability.

While this tour will help inform the Attorney General's decisions regarding public safety and law enforcement, he has also appointed a three-member panel to review the office's legal operation. The panel includes recognized experts in Virginia state government, large law firm management, and private sector management who are working to identify reforms and efficiencies that advance Attorney General Herring's priority of delivering high-quality, timely, and cost-effective legal work to the people of Virginia and their state government.

The goal of both these efforts is to ensure that the Office of the Attorney General is working for the benefit of the people of Virginia and operated in a manner befitting a modern, major law firm representing their interests.

(**Note--Credentialed members of the media interested in attending a regional meeting should RSVP with Director of Communications Michael Kelly at mkelly@oag.state.va.us or by calling (804)786-5874.**)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Who: Portsmouth

When: 9:30 AM

Where: Commonwealth's Attorney's Conference Room,

Portsmouth General District Court

1345 Court Street, Suite 105

Portsmouth, Virginia

Who: Norfolk

When: 2:00 PM

Where: City Council Conference Room, City Hall Building, 10th Floor

810 Union Street

Norfolk, Virginia

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Who: Town of Culpeper, Culpeper County, Fauquier County, Rappahannock County

When: 11:30 AM

Where: Culpeper Police Department

740 Old Brandy Rd.

Culpeper, Virginia

Who: Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County

When: 2:30 PM

Where: Fredericksburg Police Department

2200 Cowan Boulevard

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Who: Town of Farmville, Prince Edward County

When: 9:30 AM

Where: Town Manager's Conference Room, Farmville Town Hall

116 North Main Street

Farmville, Virginia

Who: Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Fluvanna County, Nelson County

When: 2:00 PM

Where: City Space

100 5th Street NE

Charlottesville, Virginia

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who: Virginia Beach

When: 2:30 PM

Where: Commonwealth Attorney's Conference Room, Virginia Beach Commonwealth Attorney's Office

2425 Nimmo Pkwy

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Who: Chesapeake

When: 4:30 PM

Where: City Hall, 4th Floor Training Room

306 Cedar Road

Chesapeake, Virginia

Friday, March 21, 2014

Who: Leesburg, Loudoun County

When: 9:30 AM

Where: Council Chambers

Municipal Government Center

25 West Market Street

Leesburg, Virginia

Who: Alexandria, Arlington County

When: 1:30 PM

Where: Arlington Sheriff's Office

1425 N. Courthouse Rd

Arlington, Virginia

Who: City of Fairfax, Fairfax County, Falls Church

When: 3:30 PM

Where: Fairfax Sheriff's Office

4110 Chain Bridge Road

Fairfax, Virginia

Monday, March 24, 2014

Who: Winchester, Front Royal, Frederick County, Clarke County

When: 9:00 AM

Where: Timbrook Public Safety Building

231 East Piccadilly Street

Winchester, Virginia

Who: Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County

When: 1:00 PM

Where: Manassas Park Police Station Community Room

329 Manassas Drive

Manassas Park, Virginia

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Who: Hampton, Newport News

When: 9:00 AM

Where: Newport News Police Headquarters Community Room

9710 Jefferson Avenue

Newport News, Virginia

Who: Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George County

When: 12:00

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