Yesterday, I was sat in on a press conference with Virginia Attorney General, Mark Herring. The AG called the conference to announce his new initiative to promote 21st century policing in Virginia. Attorney General Herring's plan centers on a dual track training program that is designed to give law enforcement agencies throughout the state access to the most current, evidence based training that brings police and communities together.
Citing nation-wide statistics and recent event that underscore the data, the Virginia Attorney General articulated an understanding that people of color have deep concerns regarding their relationships with police. The AG said "I've talked with parents who feel their children are being forced to choose between their rights and their dignity."
The new initiative's two tracks include training for existing police as well as new modules for police in training academies. The trainings are not mandatory but near universal acceptance is expected. The training programs are being funded and developed through the AG's office since many small localities said they could not afford the price tag to provide their police with this kind of training.
More about the Attorney General's plans is available here: http://bibbs.li/1KRZNE0