~ This year’s tour will include a focus on heroin and prescription drug abuse, including resources available to law enforcement agencies and communities confronting addiction and a discussion of new ideas from around the state to continue to address the crisis ~
RICHMOND, Va. – Next week Attorney General Mark R. Herring will begin his fourth annual statewide public safety tour. In addition to discussions on senior safety and ongoing efforts to address sexual and domestic violence, this year’s tour will again include a significant focus on the continuing heroin and prescription drug overdose crisis. Attorney General Herring has been raising awareness of the ongoing heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic since his first public safety tour more than three years ago, and has worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners as well as the medical, education, and recovery communities to attack the problem with a comprehensive approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, legislation, and support for expanded treatment options.
“Visiting communities and talking directly with local law enforcement and first responders always helps my team and me better understand our emerging public safety challenges and the ways we can help keep Virginia families and communities safe,” said Attorney General Herring. “Since our first public safety tour we’ve been working with local law enforcement and other community leaders to fight the heroin and prescription drug crisis. I’m looking forward to hearing how local communities are continuing to address this public safety and public health challenge, and I want to get even more ideas on how we can work together to save lives and get this problem turned around.”
This year’s public safety tour will include:
May 1, 2017
Northern Virginia Senior Safety Discussion
May 2, 2017
Conversation with Culpepper law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders on heroin and opioid crisis
May 3, 2017
18th Chesterfield TRIAD Senior Day
May 4, 2017
2017 Central Virginia Regional Re-entry Training
May 5, 2017
Conversation with Lynchburg law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders on heroin and opioid crisis
Conversation with Martinsville law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders on heroin and opioid crisis
Update on HOPE Initiative and community conversation on heroin and prescription drug abuse
May 15, 2017
Richmond release and showing of new law enforcement training video on responding to heroin and prescription drug overdoses
May 16, 2017
Conversation with Hampton Roads law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders on heroin and opioid crisis
May 17, 2017
Chesapeake PERK kit transport
May 18, 2017
Northern Virginia release and showing of new law enforcement training video on responding to heroin and prescription drug overdoses
May 21, 2017
Screening of award winning documentary “Heroin: The Hardest Hit” at ADAMS Center
May 23, 2017
Conversation with Alexandria law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders on heroin and opioid crisis
(Additional events may be added, and more details will be provided in advance of each event over the coming weeks.)
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.
In 2016, Attorney General Herring’s public safety tour focused on excellence in training and community policing, including discussion of the series of regional trainings on fair and impartial policing his office hosted.