Attorney general visits summer youth camps, emphasizes ‘Virginia Rules’

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — On Friday, Attorney General Mark Herring’s tour of the Commonwealth to teach kids about “Virginia Rules” brought him to Norfolk.

Herring wants kids to learn about the law and have a great time in the process. So, he’s visiting a series of summer day camps, in an effort to help build positive relationships between law enforcement and their community. The initiative, “Virginia Rules,” isn’t new, but it is expanding this year to reach 44 percent more middle and high school aged youth.

“It’s really kind of a two-way, to communicate so that kids get to know law enforcement, and people get to understand better the job that law enforcement does each and every day,” Herring told “It helps law enforcement and police officers stay in touch with the kids who are growing up today, to understand the issues that are going on and what’s important in their lives.”

On Friday, Herring stopped at the Sheriff Bob McCabe Foundation’s summer youth camp. The state’s top attorney didn’t come in a suit and tie — he showed up in shorts and sneakers!

“Local law enforcement, as well as their state, cares deeply about their future and we’re working together to keep their neighborhoods safe,” Herring continued. “Law enforcement really needs to be a part of the fabric of the community. I think they’re doing a lot of good things here in Norfolk. These types of camps help to reinforce that sense of mutual trust. They’ll reinforce that same message that police officers are people they can trust people who they can turn to.”

That’s a message not just for the boys and girls here, but also for those they’ll come in contact with once they leave. Sheriff McCabe said it’s really a civics class on the right things to do, the wrong things to do, and the penalties for getting in trouble.

“I’ve been in law enforcement 30 years, but never has it been more important than in the last few years because of all the things going on across the country,” McCabe said.

Friday’s visit was one of Herring’s five stops through the end of August. Next month he’ll be partnering with the Chesapeake Police Department for another camp. Each one has about 50 kids that get K-9 and rescue squad demonstrations, outdoor activities, and topics range from drug prevention, bullying, relationships, gangs, and traffic laws.

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