Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) began his statewide public safety tour Monday in a place that’s familiar to him, Purcellville.
The Loudoun native and the Loudoun Valley High School graduate (1979) joined Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister for “Coffee with a Cop.” Gathered around cups of joe at Market Street Coffee, they talked about public safety issues facing Virginia’s localities and how to improve communication between law enforcement officers and community members.
According to Herring’s office, the attorney general’s third annual statewide public safety tour will highlight local efforts to promote training and community policing with visits to regional training academies and participation in community policing events that build stronger connections and lines of communication between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.
“Virginia law enforcement understands that they have to be a product and a reflection of their communities in order to be successful, and that no one wins when trust and lines of communication break down,” Herring stated. “This tour is going to be an opportunity to shine a light on some good work being done around the state, to learn what else we can do to support our communities and law enforcement agencies, and to let folks around the state know about the work we are doing for them in the Attorney General’s office.”