March 19, 2014
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stopped in Charlottesville on Wednesday to talk public safety with local leaders.
Herring says he wants to hear from those on the front lines of law enforcement and criminal justice.
He is looking to see how his office can help localities address the challenges they face.
"We're literally criss-crossing the state, and it's really good to connect with the local officials," Herring said. "I think that's really where the rubber hits the road. They're on the front lines of law enforcement, keeping our neighborhoods and communities safe each and every day."
A common theme he has been hearing is a lack of funding.
Herring says one way to combat that is by having different agencies work together.
"While there are some common themes about the importance of working together and mental health challenges, there are also some regional differences about where the emerging threats are," he said.
The goal of this tour is to assess the programs and services the Virginia Attorney General's Office offers, and to see how they can be re-tooled to help a broader range of localities.