Virginia's goal is to protect the public's safety and security, ensuring a fair and effective system of justice and providing a prepared response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds.
- Virginia's crime rate is better than two-thirds of the states.
- In 2005, Virginia became one of five states to receive full accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program.
- Virginia is ranked among the top six states for readiness to respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies.
- Virginia's traffic fatality rate is the 10th lowest in the nation.
The public safety indicators help to assess the progress we are making, understand the key elements that influence the indicators, and clarify the role the Commonwealth is taking to protect and improve the safety and security of our citizens.