- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) - Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has launched a new program aimed at teaching teens how to interact with law enforcement officials.

Herring announced the program Monday at the 16th annual Virginia School and Campus Safety Training Forum in Hampton.

Herring says the interactive program will teach teens about their rights and responsibilities when they encounter law enforcement officers, whether it’s during a conversation or an arrest. Herring says that will “take some fear out of these interactions and make them safer, and more likely to end positively.”

Herring’s office says the lesson will become part of the Virginia Rules program, an educational program designed to teach teens how to stay safe. More than 45,000 Virginia students participated in the Virginia Rules program last year.

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