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Warner Secures Unanimous Senate Passage Of Ashanti Alert Act

December 7, 2018

U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA) secured unanimous Senate passage of the Ashanti Alert Act legislation that will create a new federal alert system for missing or endangered adults between the ages of 18-64. Currently, the United States does not have an alert system for missing adults.

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Governor Announces $5.9 Million In Grants For Law Enforcement And Services For Crime Victims

December 6, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that $5.9 million in grants administered by the Department of Criminal Justice Services have been awarded to support the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at its meeting in Richmond on Dec. 6, 2018. 

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Alexandria’s Winter Shelter Opens Nightly Through March 31

December 4, 2018

The City of Alexandria announced the Winter Shelter will remain open every night through March 31, 2019. The shelter, which opens at 7 p.m. nightly, is located at 5701-D Duke Street (Landmark Mall). Pickup is available at three locations in Alexandria.

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New Date For Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Of Alexandria

November 29, 2018

On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria will celebrate 10 years of citizen-led efforts to reduce underage substance use and abuse during a community meeting at Minnie Howard Library Media Center, 3801 W. Braddock, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Nearly 200 Pounds Of Drugs Collected At Take Back Events

November 27, 2018

Alexandrians turned in 195 pounds of unwanted medications at the Drug Take Back day on Oct. 27. Alexandria Police and Sheriff staffed four drop off locations to provide a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs.

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VADOC Project Focuses On Improving Family Relationships To Further Reduce Recidivism

November 19, 2018

The Virginia Department of Corrections is launching a new project aimed at improving services for incarcerated parents and their minor children.  The Building Family Bridges project involves a number of pre- and post-release strategies and fosters positive parent-child engagement, thereby strengthening relationships and reducing recidivism.

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New “No Turn On Red” Restrictions To Be Installed As Part Of Vision Zero Initiative

November 16, 2018

Starting late Fall 2018, Alexandria Transportation & Environmental Services staff will install new ‘No Turn on Red’ restrictions as part of the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative to improve safety on our streets. City staff analyzed crash data, industry best practices and research, public input, and formed an interdepartmental collaboration team to develop a set of Year 1 Engineering Priorities.

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Norton, Beyer Introduce Bill To Require Uniformed Federal Police Officers To Wear Body Cameras, Use Dashboard Cameras

November 16, 2018

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) today introduced a bill to require uniformed federal police officers to wear body cameras and have dashboard cameras in marked vehicles. Norton and Beyer introduced their bill just before the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2017, shooting of unarmed 25-year-old Bijan Ghaisar by U.S. Park Police officers.

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Governor’s EMS Award Winners Announced At 39th Annual Virginia EMS Symposium

November 16, 2018

The 2018 Governor’s Emergency Medical Services Award winners were announced at the 39th Annual Governor’s EMS Awards Ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia. These awards, given in Governor Ralph Northam’s name, recognize outstanding EMS providers and organizations from across the Commonwealth for their demonstrated level of excellence and dedication to the EMS system.

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AG Herring Introduces Legislation To Protect Virginians From Hate Crimes And White Supremacist Violence

November 15, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today unveiled a package of legislation to protect Virginians from the rise in hate crimes and white supremacist violence occurring in Virginia and around the country. A roundtable discussion series to be held across Virginia to discuss the issue and legislation. The session in Alexandria is on Monday, Dec. 3.

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