Ceasefire Virginia

Working Together to Reduce Violent Crime in Virginia

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About

Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, in partnership with local elected officials and law enforcement, has declared a Ceasefire in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ceasefire Virginia is a proven approach to address violent criminal activity among serious and repeat offenders. This initiative aims at reducing violent crime by maintaining strategic and effective partnerships through the Commonwealth by investing in gang prevention, and supporting community policing in high-crime neighborhoods to get the most violent and repeat offenders off our streets. Ceasefire Virginia has been implemented with a focus on the following cities in an attempt to reduce violent crime throughout Virginia:

The Law

Virginia’s Laws Are Tough On Violent Crime. Federal Laws Can Be Even Tougher. Ceasefire Virginia Uses Both To Get Dangerous Offenders Off Our Streets.

To achieve our objectives, Ceasefire Virginia is focusing on preventing and prosecuting violent crime in high-crime cities. This program encompasses the prosecution of felony cases and the hiring of group violence coordinators from the community who collaborate closely with law enforcement. Ceasefire Virginia prosecutors leverage bipartisan partnerships with state and federal partners to target repeat offenders committing felony firearm crimes by evaluating prosecutions on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriateness of pursuing prosecutions in federal or state court, depending on the crime and possible penalties for each specific offense.

Virginia Laws vs. Federal Laws on Illegal Firearms

Virginia
  • Violent Felon: Mandatory 5 Years
  • Non-Violent Felon (within 10 years): Mandatory 2 Years to Maximum 5 Years
  • Non-Violent Felon (outside of 10 years): No mandatory time to maximum 5 Years
 
Federal
  • No mandatory time
  • If Armed Career Criminal (3 prior violent convictions/drug crimes), then Mandatory 15 Years
     
Virginia
Use of Firearm while Committing State Felony
  • Mandatory 3 Years for first conviction
  • Mandatory 5 Years for subsequent convictions
 
Federal
Use of a Firearm During and In Relation to or In Furtherance of the Commission of a Federal “Crime of Violence.”
  • Mandatory 5 Years

     

Virginia
Possession of Firearm While Distributing or Possessing with Intent to Distribute Schedule I/II
  • In a threatening manner: Mandatory 5 Years
  • Mere possession: Mandatory 2 Years
 
Federal
Possession or Use of a Firearm During and In Relation to or In Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense
  • Possession or use during and in relation to or in furtherance of: Mandatory 5 Years
  • Brandish Firearm: Mandatory 7 Years
  • Discharge Firearm: Mandatory 10 Years
  • Use of machine gun in furtherance: Mandatory 30 Years

 

In addition, a defendant may face an additional sentencing enhancement if they qualify as a career offender as the result of two or more prior convictions for a crime of violence or felony controlled substance offense. 

The Problem

The Commonwealth of Virginia is facing a problem with violent crime that has far-reaching impacts on our communities. Serious and repeat offenders continue to commit violent crimes across Virginia, resulting in a sense of fear and insecurity among our residents. This situation calls for immediate action from leaders and stakeholders across the state to solve this problem. Through Ceasefire Virginia, Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has taken action to address the issue by promoting greater collaboration to fight against violent crime.

ONLY THE LAW BREAKING — NOT THE LAW ABIDING — SHOULD BE LOOKING OVER THEIR SHOULDER IN FEAR. CEASEFIRE VIRGINIA WILL WORK TO KEEP VIOLENT, REPEAT OFFENDERS BEHIND BARS, PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITIES AND KEEPING OUR FAMILIES SAFE.

The Solution

In response to the urgent need for reducing gun violence and addressing the pressing issue of violent crime in Virginia, the Ceasefire Virginia initiative has been developed. Spearheaded by Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares, this initiative brings together a unified effort from government officials, law enforcement, and community leaders to reduce violent crime and protect our communities. The initiative focuses on reducing the illegal use of guns to commit crimes through a comprehensive approach that combines prosecution and community intervention, with a specific emphasis on targeting serious repeat offenders in Virginia’s highest crime areas.

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Community Resources

Over the coming months, Ceasefire Virginia will be providing numerous tools available in your community to help make Virginia safer for everyone, as well as preventative programs to support at-risk youth.

In the meantime, please check out our Virginia Rules website. Virginia Rules is an educational program especially designed to help instructors, parents, and students understand the laws that apply to Virginia teens in their everyday lives.

News

If you’ve checked out the local news outlets over the past few years, you already know that violent crime is on the rise in Virginia. That’s why Ceasefire Virginia is fighting back to make the Commonwealth a safer place to live.

Featured Coverage

Virginia leaders report statewide effort to reduce violent crime is working

March 20, 2024
WTKR

Miyares, Scott tout violence reduction efforts under 'Operation Ceasefire'

March 20, 2024
13 News Now

Attorney General Miyares releases ‘Operation Ceasefire’ report, murders down 17% in Virginia

March 21, 2024
WFXR

Virginia Attorney General announces legislative priorities, goals for 2022 General Assembly session
January 25, 2022
MSN.com

Millions to cut gun violence hinges on Republicans and Democrats making a deal
February 17, 2022
Virginia Mercury

Virginia Attorney General works to cut crime with ‘Project Ceasefire’
March 22, 2022
WSET-TV

Richmond Politicos Getting Serious About Crime
June 9, 2022
Bacon’s Rebellion

Virginia’s Governor announces plan to reduce homicides, shootings and violent crime
October 17, 2022
WWBT-TV

How Governor Youngkin’s new plan hopes to reduce violent crime across Virginia
October 17, 2022
WTVR-TV

Attorney General Miyares Announces Ceasefire Prosecutors to Target Violent Crime
October 17, 2022
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Curbing crime in Virginia: Att. Gen. Miyares announces Operation Ceasefire
October 17, 2022
WSLS

Youngkin announces law enforcement funding proposals in Norfolk
October 17, 2022
WFXR-TV

Roanoke Among 12 VA Cities To Get “Operation Ceasefire” Help To Stop Violent Crime
October 17, 2022
The Roanoke Star

Youngkin announces ‘Operation Bold Blue Line’ initiative
October 18, 2022
Bristol Herald Courier

More than $120M for new crime prevention campaigns announced by Gov. Youngkin, AG Miyares
October 18, 2022
WRIC-TV

AG Miyares to bring Operation Ceasefire to 16 partner cities
October 21, 2022
Virginia Public Radio

Attorney General Jason Miyares plans to curb violent crime in Virginia
October 25, 2022
WDBJ-TV

Richmond nonprofit receives grants to implement Operation Ceasefire
October 27, 2022
VPM News

State leaders working towards providing more protection for witnesses who take the stand
November 2, 2022
WTKR-TV

Lawmakers tout group violence intervention to stem rise in major crimes in Hopewell area
December 9, 2022
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Youngkin announces $20 million grant to combat violent crime in Virginia
December 12, 2022
WESR-FM

Amid divide on how to curb gun violence, a bill heads to Youngkin
March 10, 2023
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Attorney General Jason Miyares discusses addressing mental health to help curb gun violence, other public safety issues
March 14, 2023
The Virginian-Pilot

State Attorney General Miyares speaks In Lynchburg on Operation Ceasefire
April 25, 2023
The Roanoke Times

‘Operation Ceasefire’ secures $300k grant for gang prevention in Lynchburg
April 26, 2023
WFXR-TV

‘Community policing:’ Danville Chief highlights recent success in crime prevention
April 27, 2023
WSET-TV

Virginia Att. Gen. Miyares addresses law enforcement shortages in Roanoke, Lynchburg
May 15, 2023
WSLS-TV

How Virginia is spending new state funding to prevent gun violence
June 5, 2023
Virginia Mercury

Police Say Violent Crime on the Rise in Virginia, Most Crimes Committed on Saturday Nights
June 13, 2023
The Epoch Times

Danville shooting latest of SWVA violent crime incidents
June 13, 2023
WSLS-TV

Attorney General visits Lynchburg, discusses various hot button topics
June 29, 2023
The News & Advance

AG Miyares says ‘Operation Ceasefire’ plans to roll out anti-gun messaging to kid’s phones
July 7, 2023
WTVR-TV

15 ‘Ceasefire’ cases in Virginia courts originated in Petersburg: State attorney general
July 7, 2023
The Progress-Index

Virginia Ceasefire opens nearly 100 cases with a third in Richmond, Petersburg
July 7, 2023
WRIC-TV

Chesapeake PD update city officials on efforts to cut down on crime under state initiative
July 25, 2023
WVEC-TV

Virginia AG: Operation Ceasefire already having an impact
July 28, 2023
Bearing Arms

Virginia Attorney General discusses ‘Operation Ceasefire,’ resources for localities plagued by gun violence
August 2, 2023
WSLS-TV

Virginia Beach man sentenced after multiple armed carjackings, two high-speed police chases
October 23, 2023
WRIC

Attorney General releases teaser video for Operation Ceasefire program
December 7, 2023
WDBJ

Attorney General Jason Miyares releases Ceasefire Virginia teaser video
December 7, 2023
WJLA

Portsmouth man sentenced to 50 months for narcotic, firearm possession
January 11, 2024
WTKR

Operation Ceasefire: Portsmouth man sentenced to 50 months on firearms, narcotics charges
January 11, 2024
Augusta Free Press

Judge approves dropping all charges against former Prince William registrar, canceling trial
January 11, 2024
Inside NOVA

Operation Ceasefire secures 50 month sentence for Portsmouth man over drug and firearm offenses
January 11, 2024
Legal Newsline

Operation Ceasefire secures 50 month sentence for Portsmouth man over drug and firearm offenses
January 11, 2024
EIN

Richmond, VA – 12 News Today
January 12, 2024
WWBT (NBC)

Miyares backs bill that would limit parole for inmates over age 60
January 12, 2024
Richmond-Times Dispatch

Violent offender off the streets in Portsmouth with help from Operation Ceasefire
January 13, 2024
WAVY

Operation Ceasefire Secures 50 Month Sentence for Portsmouth Man Over Drug and Firearm Offenses
January 14, 2024
Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

Attorney General’s Operation Ceasefire Secures 12 Year Sentence for Cocaine Trafficking by Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization
January 17, 2024
EIN

Attorney General’s Operation Ceasefire Secures 12 Year Sentence for Cocaine Trafficking by Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization
January 17, 2024
Legal Newsline

“Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares is releasing a new TV ad as part of Operation Ceasefire…”
January 19, 2024
WTTG (FOX) – Washington, DC – Fox 5 News @ 5

Attorney General Miyares Launches New Television Ad for Operation Ceasefire
January 19, 2024
EIN

Attorney General Miyares Launches New Television Ad for Operation Ceasefire
January 19, 2024
Legal Newsline

“Game Over.” Ad campaign by Attorney General Miyares aims to curb gun violence in Virginia | Video Post 
January 19, 2024
WAVY 

Miyares launches new ad to educate Virginians on illegal gun possession
January 19, 2024
Augusta Free Press

Miyares launches ‘Game Over’ ad campaign aimed at gun violence prevention
January 19, 2024
Henrico Citizen

New ad aims to stop Virginia gun violence
January 20, 2024
NBC29

“A new ad by Attorney General Jason Miyares aiming to stop gun violence in will play around the Commonwealth…”
January 21, 2024
WDBJ (CBS) – Roanoke, VA – News Sunday Morning

“Back in the Commonwealth now, a new ad by Attorney General Jason Miyares aims to stop gun violence in Virginia…”
January 22, 2024
WHSV (ABC) – Harrisonburg, VA – Daybreak News

Attorney General Miyares Launches New Television Ad For Operation Ceasefire
January 23, 2024
River Country News

Operation Ceasefire Secures Prison Time for Richmond Gun Crimes
January 24, 2024
Legal Newsline

Virginia Operation Ceasefire secures sentencing for Richmond man with handmade gun
January 24, 2024
Augusta Free Press

Operation Ceasefire Secures Prison Time for Richmond Gun Crime
January 29, 2024
Legal Newsline

Guilty plea in armed bank robbery case
February 7, 2024
CBS19

Virginia man pleads guilty to robbery at knifepoint in Hampton, faces up to 25 years in prison
February 7, 2024
Augusta Free Press

February 7, 2024 – Operation Ceasefire Secures Guilty Plea in Hampton Armed Bank Robbery
February 7, 2024
EIN

Operation Ceasefire Secures Guilty Plea in Hampton Armed Bank Robbery
February 7, 2024
Legal Newsline

Operation Ceasefire Secures Guilty Plea in Hampton Armed Bank Robbery
February 13, 2024
Legal Newsline

Attorney General Miyares breaks down crime reduction in Operation Ceasefire cities
March 20, 2024
WSET

Crime appears down in many Operation Ceasefire communities
March 20, 2024
The Center Square

Operation Ceasefire: Progress made in effort to reduce violence
March 20, 2024
13NewsNow

AG discusses crime reduction rates in Ceasefire Cities
March 20, 2024
WAVY

Statewide effort to reduce violent crime shows mixed success in 5 Hampton Roads cities
March 20, 2024
The Virginian-Pilot

Repeat Offender Sentenced for Federal Firearms Offense
March 20, 2024
Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer

Attorney General Miyares discusses crime reduction rates in Ceasefire Cities
March 20, 2024
WAVY

Virginia leaders report statewide effort to reduce violent crime is working
March 20, 2024
WTKR

Miyares, Scott tout violence reduction efforts under ‘Operation Ceasefire’
March 20, 2024
13NewsNow

Virginia Attorney General highlights success of Operation Ceasefire
March 21, 2024
WAKG

Attorney General Miyares releases ‘Operation Ceasefire’ report, murders down 17% in Virginia
March 21, 2024
WFXR

WATCH: Richmond leaders comment after four juveniles killed in shootings so far this month
April 15, 2024
WRIC

Tipline

See something? Know something? Say something!

Making Virginia a safer place to live is a responsibility we all share. You can help us reduce violent crime in your community by reporting any criminal activity to local law enforcement agencies.

Tipline

See something? Know something? Say something!

Making Virginia a safer place to live is a responsibility we all share. You can help us reduce violent crime in your community by reporting any criminal activity to local law enforcement agencies. By raising awareness of suspicious activities in our neighborhoods, we can prevent criminal behavior and keep our streets safe. That’s why we’ve created this resource page with crime prevention tip line resources for cities across Virginia. Let’s work together to keep our communities safe!

Chesapeake
Danville
Emporia

PHONE
434-634-1111

ONLINE
Submit a Tip

TEXT
Text keyword “EMPORIAPD” to 847411 and add a space and then type your tip information and hit send.

Hampton
Hopewell
Lynchburg
Martinsville
Newport News
Petersburg
Portsmouth
Richmond
Roanoke

PHONE
540-344-8500

ONLINE
Submit a Tip

TEXT
Anonymously submit a text message to the number 274637 (CRIMES). Please start your message with “RoanokePD” to ensure that it is properly sent.