VSP combats human trafficking

Virginia State Police are partnering with the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and the Virginia Trucking Association to conduct Operation Safe Passage.

The initiative runs from April 18th-20th and focuses on high visibility human trafficking prevention and public outreach.

VSP will be positioned at truck stops and rest areas across Virginia to help raise awareness and educate citizens about human trafficking.

Gary Settle, VSP superintendent, believes commercial drivers can be “added eyes and ears” to help identify indicators of human trafficking.

For more information on indicators of human trafficking, head to HSI’s website.

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Agencies review report on I-95 shutdown

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) released the recent report from the independent study on the Jan. 3 shutdown of Interstate 95 in an email.

The Virginia Commissioner of Highways Stephen Brich states that the study will help the agency explore new approaches with on road messaging and snow clearing.

The State Coordinator of Virginia’s Department of Emergency Management Shawn Talmadge stated they will provide resources needed to support local and state partners.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Gary T. Settle stated that the collective independent report greatly benefits the agency’s ability to adapt, adjust and improve their services.

The complete study by the independent agency is here.

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