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Virginia Rules is an educational program especially designed to help instructors, parents and students understand the law as it applies to teens in their everyday lives.

News and Events

"Give it, Get it: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement" now available

August 19, 2016 -- The new Virginia Rules module designed to educate teens on their rights and responsibilities in interacting with law enforcement is now available online for instructors, and in summary format here.

New Virginia Rules module on youth and law enforcement encounters previewed at annual school safety conference

August 1, 2016 -- Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced the launch of "Give It, Get It: Trust and Respect between Teens and Law Enforcement," the latest Virginia Rules module that aims to help ensure safe, mutually respectful interactions between Virginia teens and law enforcement.

It will help educate teens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement, and on how to keep situations from unnecessarily escalating in a way that might result in needless charges or even endanger the safety of an officer or young person.

The curriculum was developed with input and cooperation from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE,) which contributed content from the "Interacting with Law Enforcement" section of their "Law and Your Community" program.

The new module will be live and available online to Virginia Rules instructors by August 19, in time for use during the new school year.

Virginia Rules Camp are in full swingfun and games

July 15, 2016 -- Virginia Rules camps around the commonwealth are underway, combining fun summer experiences with Virginia Rules instruction, and providing a unique opportunity for law enforcement to build relationships with the youth in their community. The camps, geared towards middle schoolers, will continue into August and have included K-9 demonstrations, instructions on how to hunt Pokemon safely (and other safe internet and social media tips), and a visit by Attorney General Mark Herring.

The Office of the Attorney General is proud to sponsor Virginia Rules camps in the following localities this summer:

  • Albemarle/Charlottesville
  • Amherst
  • Chesapeake
  • Danville
  • Franklin County
  • Hampton
  • Middlesex
  • Newport News
  • Norfolk
  • Orange
  • Pittsylvania
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke County
  • Stafford

Read some of the local coverage:

Prescription Drug Module & E-Learning Tools Launched

Prescription Drugs gameMarch 23, 2016 -- Every corner of the Commonwealth is being affected by opioid and heroin abuse – big cities, small towns, and the suburbs in between. Recognizing the need for youth education on these topics, Virginia Rules is pleased to announce that a new “Prescription Drugs” module, complete with lesson plans, handouts, etc. has been added to the Instructor Center for download – log in to your instructor account today to check it out and start using it!

Also, we have added a new online prescription drug module that you may use in the classroom or direct students to use on their own, complete with a Jeopardy-style learning game. Check it out on the Prescription Drugs page.

School and Campus Safety Training Forum

February 22, 2016 -- Virginia Rules updates and new materials will be presented at the School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton, August 1 - 3, 2015. Learn more and register. The forum will feature a wide variety of keynote and breakout sessions related to school climate and campus safety issues for approximately 800 expected attendees in the fields of law enforcement, school security, as well as PreK-12 administration and counseling, and others with an interest in school safety.

Powerful new documentary addresses heroin and prescription drug misuse epidemic in Virginia

~ Free regional screenings scheduled for OAG-produced film to educate Virginians on the dangers of heroin and prescription drugs, which killed more Virginians in 2014 than car crashes ~

November 23, 2015 -- In response to a heroin and prescription drug epidemic that claimed more lives in Virginia in 2014 than car crashes, Attorney General Mark R. Herring is premiering Heroin: The Hardest Hit, a powerful documentary about the danger of heroin and prescription drugs and their impact on Virginia families and communities. The documentary, which was produced by the Office of Attorney General, features Virginians telling their own stories of addiction, overdose and recovery, and it features powerful testimony from parents who lost their children to an overdose, as well as law enforcement and healthcare professionals working to address the problem. Read more

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Mark R. HerringWelcome from the Attorney General of Virginia

Dear Fellow Virginians:

Thank you for visiting our Virginia Rules website and for taking an active role in the development of Virginia's young people! Virginia Rules helps provide character education and teaches children their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the Commonwealth. We hope you find these resources to be helpful and informative. Read more »