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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.

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Grant proposals for Virginia Rules Camps being accepted through March 17

January 18, 2017 -- Law enforcement agencies are once again invited to apply for a Virginia Rules Camp Grant for summer 2017. Funding is available to support the efforts of law enforcement agencies in developing or enhancing youth programming within their communities.

Virginia Rules Camps combine law education through the Virginia Rules curriculum with fun outdoor camp experiences for middle/high school aged youth, emphasizing positive relationship-building between youth participants and law enforcement within their community. In 2016, 14 law enforcement agencies received Virginia Rules Camp funding. For more information, including camp guidelines, the grant application, and other helpful resources, visit the camp page.

"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.

Prescription Drug and Heroin Modules & 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 two new modules on both, complete with lesson plans, handouts, etc. – log in to your instructor account today to check it out and start using it!

Also, we have added online prescription drug and heroin modules that you may use in the classroom or direct students to use on their own. Check out the Heroin page and the Prescription Drugs page, which also includes a Jeopardy-style learning game.

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:

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