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Beyer, House Democrats Call On House Leaders To Move Gun Violence Prevention Bills

May 24, 2018

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of the mass shooting in Isla Vista, California, which left six people dead and 14 injured. That incident inspired legislation to enable families and law enforcement to act on warning signs before mass shootings. Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08) yesterday sent a letter to House leaders calling for action on bipartisan gun legislation.

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Alexandria Police Department Announces Decrease In Reported Part I Crimes In 2017

May 24, 2018

The Alexandria Police Department today announced that the total of reported Part I crime decreased 13% in Alexandria for calendar year 2017 versus 2016. All but one type of reported Part I crimes in Alexandria dropped in 2017, including homicide, rape, robbery, larceny, and auto theft. The only increase was seen in aggravated assaults.

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Emergency Medical Services Week Recognizes The Dedication And Courage Of Virginia’s EMS Providers

May 21, 2018

When you dial 911 for help you don’t have time to think about what it takes to save a life, but you are comforted in knowing that medical providers will quickly respond to your emergency. These first responders are Virginia’s Emergency Medical Services providers and they are part of one of the greatest EMS systems in the nation.

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Governor Vetoes Legislation Restricting Local Authorities From Adopting Fire And Life Safety Regulations

May 18, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today vetoed House Bill 1595 and Senate Bill 972, which would restrict the ability of local governing bodies to adopt standards for protecting citizens and structures from fires involving combustible landscape cover materials. The Governor’s full veto statement for House Bill 1595 is below. Governor Northam signed an identical statement for Senate Bill 972.

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AG Herring Addresses Northern VA Law Enforcement At Sexual Assault Investigation Training Conference

May 16, 2018

Attorney General Mark R. Herring today addressed Northern Virginia law enforcement officials and prosecutors during a Non-Stranger Sexual Assault Investigations Training Conference. The conference is part of Herring’s ongoing efforts to improve the way Virginia works to prevent and respond to sexual and domestic violence.

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Governor Northam Issues Proclamation Recognizing Virginia Police Week And Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 11, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam has issued a proclamation declaring May 13–19, 2018, as Virginia Police Week, and May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day in the Commonwealth.

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Be Prepared! Staying Safe In The Age Of Cyber Crime

May 11, 2018

Cyber crime is at the forefront of headlines and horror stories about identity theft, fraud, and data breaches. As technology changes, so do the methods of criminals and scam artists.

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Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board Approves $6 Million In Public Safety Grants

May 10, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of more than $6 million in grant funds to localities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies throughout Virginia. These grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at its May 10 meeting in Richmond.

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Nearly 900 Use Local SoberRide Program On Cinco de Mayo

May 10, 2018

A record 897 persons in the Washington-metropolitan area used the free safe ride service, SoberRide®, on Cinco de Mayo (May 5) as opposed to possibly driving home drunk. The nonprofit Washington Regional Alcohol Program conducts the region’s SoberRide® effort.           

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Virginia Stands Out For Operating A Corrections System Without The Use Of Solitary Confinement

May 10, 2018

When it comes to state prisons, Virginia stands out for operating a corrections system without the use of solitary confinement. Virginia has been recognized by Governor Northam and the U.S. Department of Justice for its success in limiting the use of long-term restrictive housing for offenders.

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