RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – On Monday morning, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced the creation of a task force of officials from the executive branch and the attorney general’s office to line up strategies to reduce violent crime in communities across the Commonwealth.
According to the governor’s office, the leaders from the task force will continue conducting community leadership meetings across the Virginia, like the one Youngkin attended in Petersburg on Monday, May 9.
“There is a clear recognition of a violent crime crisis in Virginia and my administration is committed to joining with community leaders, law enforcement, and Virginians around solutions with the Violent Crime task force,” Youngkin said. “We will take a comprehensive look at how we can address the rise in violent crime by providing more law enforcement resources, creating alternative and after-school activities for children, and addressing the fear that results in witnesses failing to show up for a criminal hearing.”
“There’s not a one size fits all approach to combating crime in the Commonwealth. It requires collaboration and communication with law enforcement, local officials, and community leaders,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares. “My team is excited to be a part of this new task force and we’re eager to work with our partners in the executive branch to carry out new, innovative solutions that will help to reduce crime and keep our communities safe.”
Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bob Mosier is reportedly leading the task force, with additional leadership provided by Chief Deputy Attorney General Chuck Slemp. Other participants include leaders from the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Criminal Justice Services, Virginia State Police, and more.
As of this writing, officials say the state leaders have met with local leaders in Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, and Petersburg. However, additional meetings are expected to take place in the coming weeks.
The governor’s office tells WFXR News that the violent crime task force will recommend executive, administrative, and legislative actions to Youngkin on an ongoing basis.