Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety an Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast

Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board Recognizes Outstanding Contributions to Public Safety an Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast


For immediate release:
May 10, 2024

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Jackie Lipford, Public Information Officer
jnlipford@princegeorgecountyva.gov
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Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board Recognizes Outstanding Contributions
to Public Safety at Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast

Delegate Carrie Coyner wearing a navy suit standing next to Maurice Washington of project Safe, Alive and Free. He is wearing a navy suit with a bright blue tie and a gold adorned belt. In their hands are two awards for the program.
(Delegate Carrie Coyner  presents Maurice Washington of Project Safe, Alive and Free with the
Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board Community Partnership Award.)

Prince George, VA -
The Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board (RCCJB) held its 12th Annual Community Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony at the Beacon Theatre in Hopewell today. The breakfast allowed the board to share strategic priorities, provide updates on their activities, bring legislators and governments together, and recognize individuals and programs that have made significant contributions to public safety in the Prince George, Hopewell, and Surry communities. Comprised of members from the local judiciary and communities of the three participating jurisdictions, the RCCJB ensures coordinated and effective crime prevention and punishment initiatives.

The event featured speakers including Delegate Carrie Coyner (R - 75th District) who emphasized the significance of "Solutions Through Connections." The legislator underscored the importance of backing local initiatives, such as Operation Ceasefire in Hopewell, and advocated for increased funding to support these efforts. The overarching objective is to keep people out of jail and foster positive change through legislative measures and financial support, all while promoting local collaboration to drive positive community transformation.

The award ceremony highlighted the efforts of individuals and programs in enhancing public safety and reducing crime in the community. Officers Sherard and Beltran from the City of Hopewell received the Crisis Intervention Team Award for their dedication to providing crisis intervention for individuals with mental health issues. Project SAF (Safe, Alive and Free) was honored with the Community Partnership Award for preventing gun violence. During the ceremony, Maurice Washington, who accepted the award on behalf of Project SAF, shared a poignant personal story that resonated with attendees, emphasizing the importance of believing in others when they have no one else. Prince George County's Litter Reduction Program received the Collaboration and Innovation Award for its successful approach to reducing litter and benefiting the community.

During Derek Davis' closing statements, the Commonwealth's Attorney for Surry County emphasized the dedication of the RCCJB to creating safer and more secure environments for our localities. Through collaborative efforts with key stakeholders and prioritizing efforts such as the mental health docket and crisis receiving center, the board is actively working towards achieving these goals. By building strong relationships and partnerships, the RCCJB remains committed to finding innovative solutions to combat crime and ensure a prosperous and thriving future for Prince George, Hopewell, and Surry.

For more information about the RCCJB and its initiatives, please click the following link: Riverside Community Criminal Justice Board.