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Grant proposals for Virginia Rules Camps being accepted through March 17

January 18, 2017 -- Law enforcement agencies are once again invited to apply for a Virginia Rules Camp Grant for summer 2017. Funding is available to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing youth programming within their communities.

Virginia Rules Camps combine law education through the Virginia Rules curriculum with fun outdoor camp experiences for middle/high school aged youth, emphasizing positive relationship-building between youth participants and law enforcement within their community. In 2016, 14 law enforcement agencies received Virginia Rules Camp funding. For more information, including camp guidelines, the grant application, and other helpful resources, visit the camp page.

"Give it, Get it: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement" now available

August 19, 2016 -- The new Virginia Rules module designed to educate teens on their rights and responsibilities in interacting with law enforcement is now available online for instructors, and in summary format here.

New Virginia Rules module on youth and law enforcement encounters previewed at annual school safety conference

August 1, 2016 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the launch of "Give It, Get It: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement," the latest Virginia Rules module that aims to help ensure safe, mutually respectful interactions between Virginia teens and law enforcement.

It will help educate teens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement, and on how to keep situations from unnecessarily escalating in a way that might result in needless charges or even endanger the safety of an officer or young person.

The curriculum was developed with input and cooperation from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE,) which contributed content from the "Interacting with Law Enforcement" section of their "Law and Your Community" program.

The new module will be live and available online to Virginia Rules instructors by August 19, in time for use during the new school year.

Prescription Drug and Heroin Modules & E-Learning Tools Launched

Prescription Drugs gameMarch 23, 2016 -- Every corner of the Commonwealth is being affected by opioid and heroin abuse – big cities, small towns, and the suburbs in between. Recognizing the need for youth education on these topics, Virginia Rules is pleased to announce two new modules on both, complete with lesson plans, handouts, etc. – log in to your instructor account today to check it out and start using it!

Also, we have added online prescription drug and heroin modules that you may use in the classroom or direct students to use on their own. Check out the Heroin page and the Prescription Drugs page, which also includes a Jeopardy-style learning game.

Powerful new documentary addresses heroin and prescription drug misuse epidemic in Virginia

~ Free regional screenings scheduled for OAG-produced film to educate Virginians on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs, which killed more Virginians in 2014 than car crashes ~

November 23, 2015 -- In response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is premiering Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities. The documentary, which was produced by the Office of Attorney General, features Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, and it features powerful testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, as well as law enforcement and healthcare professionals working to address the problem. Read more

Virginia Rules Camp are in full swingfun and games

July 15, 2016 -- Virginia Rules camps around the commonwealth are underway, combining fun summer experiences with Virginia Rules instruction, and providing a unique opportunity for law enforcement to build relationships with the youth in their community. The camps, geared towards middle schoolers, will continue into August and have included K-9 demonstrations, instructions on how to hunt Pokemon safely (and other safe internet and social media tips), and a visit by Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Office of the Attorney General is proud to sponsor Virginia Rules camps in the following localities this summer:

  • Albemarle/Charlottesville
  • Amherst
  • Chesapeake
  • Danville
  • Franklin County
  • Hampton
  • Middlesex
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Orange
  • Pittsylvania
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke County
  • Stafford

Read some of the local coverage:

Free "Basic Gangs" Training Offered in Danville

May 12, 2016 -- On Wednesday, May 18th, the Virginia Gang Investigators Association, in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General, is offering a full-day gang training in Danville open to prosecutors, law enforcement, probation, and corrections staff. Seven hours will give you a solid background on the who, what, where and why of gangs. See the flyer for registration information.

If you're not in the area, please share this information with colleagues who are!

School and Campus Safety Training Forum

February 22, 2016 -- Virginia Rules updates and new materials will be presented at the School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton, August 1 - 3, 2015. Learn more and register. The forum will feature a wide variety of keynote and breakout sessions related to school climate and campus safety issues for approximately 800 expected attendees in the fields of law enforcement, school security, as well as PreK-12 administration and counseling, and others with an interest in school safety.

Prescription Drug Unit Added to Virginia Rules Curriculum

December 23, 2015 -- Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in Virginia. To help fight this dangerous trend, Virginia Rules has added a Prescription Drugs unit to its curriculum. Read more about the definition and dangers of prescription drugs. If you're an instructor, log in to download the unit and start teaching.

Powerful new documentary addresses heroin and prescription drug misuse epidemic in Virginia

heroin the hardest hit trailer imageNovember 23, 2015 -- In response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is premiering Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities.

The documentary was produced by the Office of Attorney General and directed by Emmy award-winning director and Richmond native Jesse Vaughan from Virginia State University's Advance Creative Services Group. It features narration by Emmy award-winning journalist Ed Gordon, and testimony from Virginians affected by the heroin and prescription drug crisis.

Virginia Rules summer camps in the news

Statewide summer camp series to help build relationships between Virginia law enforcement and their communities

July 6, 2015 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced this summer's Virginia Rules camps,  a series of summer day camps that will provide opportunities for young people to build positive relationships with law enforcement officers within their community, have outdoor camp-style experiences, and learn about Virginia law. This summer, Attorney General Herring is sponsoring more Virginia Rules Camps than ever, with camps being held in Pittsylvania, Richmond, Chesapeake, Albemarle/Charlottesville, and Norfolk. The camps are a partnership between the Office of Attorney General and local law enforcement partners.

"I'm proud we're expanding Virginia Rules Camp across the Commonwealth so more kids can build relationships with law enforcement officials in their communities, enjoy outdoor activities, learn about the law, and have a great time in the process," said Attorney General Mark R. Herring. "When kids spend time with local law enforcement officials it builds a sense of community, helps prevent crime, and gives kids the tools they need to make good decisions. Because of the hard work of localities and law enforcement agencies, more kids than ever are now able to benefit from these critical lessons at Virginia Rules Camp and have a lot of fun, too!"

Children participating in Virginia Rules Camp will build relationships with local law enforcement officers as they guide campers through various activities. Camps feature law enforcement presentations such as K-9 and rescue squad demonstrations, outdoor activities like hiking, crafts and team building, and Virginia Rules modules. The program's modules cover topics ranging from alcohol and tobacco to drug prevention, bullying, relationship violence, gangs, and traffic laws.

Virginia Rules, a signature project of the Office of Attorney General, is Virginia's law education program to help middle and high school students make good decisions, avoid breaking laws, and become responsible, active citizens within their schools and communities. In August 2014, Attorney General Herring announced a statewide expansion of the program, following successful pilot projects in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. He has made it a top priority to expand this critical program and in FY2015 Virginia Rules reached 44% more students than the previous fiscal year.    

Attorney General Herring will attend all five Virginia Rules Camps to speak with campers and participate in activities:  

Locality: Albemarle/Charlottesville
Partner agency: Albemarle Police Department / Charlottesville Police Department
AG Date/Time: July 7, 2:45 p.m.  
Camp Dates: July 6-10    
Address: Lugo-McGinness Academy, 341 11th Street, NW, Charlottesville, 22903  

Locality: Norfolk
Partner agency: Norfolk Sheriff's Office
AG Date/Time: July 10, Time TBD
Camp Dates: July 6-August 7
Address: Camp Apasus, 8420 Granby Street, Norfolk, 23505

Locality: Pittsylvania County
Partner agency: Pittsylvania Sheriff's Office
AG Date/Time: July 20, Time TBD
Camp Dates: July 20-24
Address: Camp Selah, 620 W. Hightower Rd, Sutherlin, 24594  

Locality: Chesapeake
Partner agency: Chesapeake Police Department
AG Date/Time: August 10, Time TBD
Camp Dates: August 10-14
Address: Camp E. W. Young,145 Deepwater Dr., Chesapeake, 23322  

Locality: Richmond
Partner agency: Richmond Police Department
AG Date/Time: August 28, Time TBD
Camp Dates: August 24-28   
Address: Camp Brady Saunders, 1723 Maidens Rd., Maidens, 23102 

Full Statewide Virginia Rules Program Launched

students Aug. 4, 2014 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring has announced the statewide launch of Virginia Rules. This initiative will include a dedicated Virginia Rules Coordinator and regional coordinators, statewide training and resources, expanded camp opportunities, thousands of updated and new workbooks and support manuals, and more.

"I'm really proud that we're making the Virginia Rules program available to educators and community leaders across the state," said Attorney General Herring. "It's a lot easier to help kids develop good decision making and life skills on the front end than to deal with the consequences on the back end ... I hope we're able to reach every student in Virginia and help them become active members of their communities and productive citizens of the Commonwealth."

The program will build on the pilot work done over the last four years as hundreds of law enforcement and education professionals have made Virginia Rules their own, adapting it to their students and providing valuable feedback. It will reside under Programs and Community Outreach in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General, headed up by Director Mary Vail Ware.

"To our fantastic Virginia Rules teachers, thank you!" said Mark Fero, longtime Virginia Rules trainer. "You do tremendous good in the community and have helped make this launch possible, and we're going to be working with you to do even more. To new teachers and program users -- we can't wait to work with you and expand on all the great work you do."

Newport News police aim at gang issue in middle schools

Middle school students are the focus of a new program by the Newport News Police Department designed to keep youth away from gangs and out of trouble. Read more »

Resource Officer Basic and School Security Officer Certification

The Virginia Center for School Safety at the Department of Criminal Justice Services conducted four School Resource Officer (SRO) Basic Training and School Security Officer (SSO) Certification Trainings last year in Roanoake, Ashburn, Norfolk and Chesterfield. Training was open to current and future school resource officers; school security officer personnel; and school administrators.


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