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Attorney General Mark Herring (at left) heard concerns from local law enforcement at the Northern Neck Regional Jail.

Attorney General Mark Herring gathers concerns from area sheriffs, police chiefs on public safety tour

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:07 am

Attorney General Mark Herring isn’t in charge of any police forces or local prosecutors, but he and his office can still be helpful to them, as he made clear in a meeting with such officials from the Northern Neck last Wednesday morning. The meeting at the Northern Neck Regional Jail was part of Herring’s second annual “Public Safety Tour” and drew sheriffs from Westmoreland, Richmond, Essex, King George and Northumberland

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    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

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    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:34 am

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    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 12:38 pm

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    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

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    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:37 am

    A recovered oyster cage.

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