Va. attorney general kicks off public safety tour, hunger campaign in Hampton Roads

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 8:43 AM

NORFOLK -- Attorney General Mark Herring is in Hampton Roads Monday, the first stop on his two-week public safety tour of Virginia.

He's hearing from public safety and law enforcement leaders and politicians about the challenges they face protecting the people who live in their cities.

The first stop is in Portsmouth at 9:30 a.m. and then Herring will at in Norfolk at 2 p.m.

In all, he'll hold 22 meetings around the state.

"This office is uniquely positioned to coordinate responses to emerging public safety threats, to advocate for the needs of law enforcement and prosecutors, and to help spread innovative and effective strategies and programs. I hope these conversations will provide valuable input on how best to focus our energies and allocate our offices' resources," said Herring.

Herring, meantime, has appointed a three-member panel to review the office's operation to identify possible reforms and ways to make it more efficient to save taxpayer money.

At noon Monday, Herring take a break from crime talk to speak at the kickoff event for the upcoming Legal Community Frenzy. The frenzy, to stock foodbanks, is from March 31-April 11 and will provide much-needed food and funds for those facing hunger.

Last year in Southeastern Virginia, 46 firms and legal offices raised the equivalent of over 267,000 meals. 

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