Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness holding first meeting

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RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- Following the violence of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last month, Governor Terry McAuliffe created a task force to talk about public safety and responding to civil unrest.

PHOTO: A rally of White Nationalist in downtown Charlottesville, VA, Photo Date: 8/12/2017 - Photo: VA State Police

The Task Force on Public Safety Preparedness and Response to Civil Unrest is holding its first meeting Tuesday in Richmond.

During the meeting, there will be presentations from Dean Rodney Smolla, a First Amendment scholar and law professor at Widener University, and Virginia Beach Chief of Police Jim Cervera on permitting processes.

The task force was established by an executive order to assess the events in Charlottesville that occurred on Aug. 12 and to identify ways to improve Virginia's preparedness and response capabilities should similar events occur in the future.

The task force will also develop model permitting processes to govern public demonstrations for state and local agencies.

It will be chaired by Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

Other people on the commission include Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins, Counsel to Governor Terry McAuliffe Noah Sullivan, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Curtis Brown, state Senator Bryce Reeves, state Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Fredericksburg Commonwealth's Attorney La Bravia Jenkins, Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Steven Flaherty, Adjutant General of Virginia General Timothy Williams, Virginia Department of Emergency Management State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern, Virginia Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa Levine, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Director Fran Ecker, Deputy Attorney General of Virginia Victoria Pearson, Portsmouth Chief of Police Tonya Chapman, Richmond Fire Chief Melvin Carter, Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response Director James Redick, Hanover County Sheriff David Hines, Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators President Chief David McCoy, Lexington City Manager Noah Simon, Virginia Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick, Former Chief of Staff for Governor Tim Kaine Bill Leighty, Virginia Beach Deputy City Manager Steve Cover, and a representative of the Virginia Association of Counties.

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