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AG Herring hopes to reduce racial profiling with new police training

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Posted at 8:03 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 20:03:20-04

Richmond, Va.- National statistics report an African American driver is 31 percent more likely to  be pulled over in a traffic stop than other races. Attorney General Mark Herring’s new initiative aims to enforce more fair police tactics to improve this statistic.

On Tuesday, Herring hosted a media blitz across the state to inform people of his new initiative.

“Many minority communities feel that they are not subject to the same set of standards as everyone else, and you know what, data says it’s more than a feeling,” says Herring.

Herring will use existing funds within his department to fund regional training seminars for police officers in the spring of 2016. Training tools will also be developed for use by police academies. It will be left up to local agencies to determine which officers will attend the seminars.

The training initiative is supported by Virginia Police Chiefs and the Fraternal Order of Police.

For more on this story, go to WTVR News Channel 6’s website.