Herring Wraps Up Public Safety Tour

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WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring concluded his 22-stop statewide public safety tour Friday.

His staff said the goal of the tour was to learn about the public safety concerns of leaders across the commonwealth.

On Friday morning, Herring met with leaders in our community about issues they want to see addressed.

One matter raised was gangs, specifically drug use throughout the Valley.

People voiced their concerns about meth, heroine and prescription drugs, which local police say is a rapidly changing issue.

A big push law enforcement asked for was changing the drug enforcement strategy and providing training all the way down to the officer level.

"I think our goal in this area is to get ahead of the growing narcotics problem before it becomes a plague," said Capt. Michael Martin with the Waynesboro Police Department.

"All of the agencies working together is the way we are going to attack this. it is going to take a multifaceted effort," said Herring.

Herring said during his visits throughout the state, a shortage of money has been a big challenge brought up as well as mental health.

He also said his next step is to take all the input back to the attorney general's office and start looking at how to redirect resources.

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