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Governor McAuliffe Welcomes National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Public Safety Conference
Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) will host the 2017 National Public Safety UAS Conference at Roseland Farms in Crozet from February 27th through March 1st, 2017. The conference will bring
Letter: Governor McAuliffe Requests Briefing from DHS and ICE Regarding Immigration Enforcement Activity in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe sent the following letter today to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly requesting information regarding Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement activities in the Commonwealth of Virginia:
Governor McAuliffe Urges Virginians to Prepare for Major Winter Storm
Governor Terry McAuliffe today urged Virginians to prepare for a major winter storm, which could result in up to one foot of snow in southeast Virginia, with snowfall totals in other areas of the state ranging from one to ten inches. Wind gusts of
Governor McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency in Response to Winter Storm
Governor Terry McAuliffe today declared a state of emergency and urged residents of the Commonwealth to prepare for impacts from a winter storm system, which potentially could result in significant snow accumulation, hazardous road conditions, and
Governor McAuliffe Proposes Significant Criminal Justice Reforms for the 2017 Session
Governor Terry McAuliffe today proposed a legislative package of commonsense reforms to Virginia’s criminal justice system for the 2017 General Assembly session. Governor McAuliffe made the announcement at CARITAS Works, a Richmond-based workforce
Governor Announces Agenda to Strengthen Virginia’s Mental Health System and Combat Opioid Epidemic
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that his amendments to the FY-2016-18 budget will include significant investment in mental health and substance abuse treatment. The Governor also announced that he will submit legislation in the upcoming
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia has the Lowest Recidivism Rate in the Country
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia’s re-incarceration rate is the lowest in the country, at 23.4 percent. The official recidivism rate is calculated by the percentage of offenders who return to state responsible incarceration
Governor McAuliffe Announces Award of Funding for Pilot Projects Supporting Mental Health Services in Jails
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the award of grants that will six fund pilot projects to provide services to inmates with mental illness in local or regional jails. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at its meeting on
Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Directive Creating Opioid Executive Leadership Team
Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Directive 9, which creates an Executive Leadership Team to oversee Virginia’s continuing work to combat the opioid epidemic.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Award of “Policing in the 21st Century” Grants
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the award of 36 community policing grants in support of his “Policing in the 21st Century” Initiative. The grants were approved by the Criminal Justice Services Board at a meeting today in Richmond. The grants will
Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP, has declared the Virginia opioid addiction crisis a Public Health Emergency.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Hampton, Portsmouth and Suffolk Approved for FEMA Disaster Aid
Governor McAuliffe announced today that President Barack Obama has added Suffolk, Portsmouth and Hampton to the Individual Assistance (IA) disaster declaration to assist with damage sustained from Hurricane Matthew.
President Obama Approves Federal Aid for Virginians Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the President declared a major disaster to exist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and ordered federal aid to supplement commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Hurricane Matthew
Governor McAuliffe Announces Website to Help Combat Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction in Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the launch of www.VaAware.com, a new website developed as an informational tool for Virginia’s fight against prescription drug and heroin abuse in Virginia. As a recommendation of the Governor’s Task Force on
Governor McAuliffe Announces Contracts Awarded for Treatment Services and Juvenile Correction Center Alternatives
Governor McAuliffe today announced that the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has awarded contracts to two experienced service coordination agencies to develop a statewide continuum of evidence-based treatment services and alternatives to
Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Public Safety Officials Assess Areas Impacted by Hurricane Matthew
Governor Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia State Emergency Coordinator Jeff Stern and other Commonwealth public safety officials traveled to Hampton Roads today to receive a briefing on
Commonwealth Responds to Flooding and Power Outages across Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia is responding to flooding that occurred overnight due to heavy rains and winds from Hurricane Matthew. The Virginian Emergency Operations Center remains staffed as state, federal, and local agencies respond support local
Governor McAuliffe Signs Emergency Order to Allow Virginia to Support States Affected by Hurricane Matthew
On Thursday afternoon, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Virginia to give state agencies and private entities the authorities and resources they need to support relief efforts in states affected by
Governor McAuliffe Announces $158,644 in Protective Order Grant Awards
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that $158,644 in federal funds will be awarded to three sheriffs’ offices which have agreed to accept firearms from subjects of final Family Abuse Protective Orders. The grants are part of the implementation
Governor McAuliffe Announces $7.3 Million Grant Awarded to Transition Public Safety Communications to Nationwide Network
Governor McAuliffe announced today that the Virginia State Police will receive more than $7.3 million in grant funding to transition all existing radios and communications systems on the Commonwealth’s Statewide Agencies Radio System (STARS) to the

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