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Virginia State Police,

Virginia Department of State Police

The Virginia State Police website offers information about police initiatives to improve public safety throughout the Commonwealth. Website visitors can see the ways the public can access these initiatives, including public safety tips and annual vehicle safety inspections. Police are also subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the website offers directions for requesting information. Overall, the Virginia State Police portal deals with ways the public and public safety officers interact with each other, which is a prime example of government in action.

Role of the Office of the Attorney General,

This straightforward one-page document discusses the role of the Attorney General, what she or he does, and what she or he is legally not allowed to do.

What branch of government does the Attorney General fall under? Who are the clients…

Capitol Classroom: Games,

Virginia General Assembly

Capitol Classroom’s Games is a series of printable classroom games and classroom activities for students in grades K-12. Many games for younger students can be adapted for an older audience. A particularly relevant activity for older students is the Civics I.Q. test, which quizzes users on their participation in different levels of their civic involvement. This game shows that civic involvement is more than just voting in an election.

Virginia Courts in Brief,

Virginia Court System

Virginia Courts in Brief offers a one page overview of Virginia’s judicial structure. The website profiles levels of the court from magistrates to the state Supreme Court, providing explanations about what each level of the judicial system does. Find out the difference between a civil action and a criminal case, what the Clerks' Office does, and how many judges are in Virginia.

Excerpts from the Lawes Divine, Morall, and Martiall (1611),

Sir Thomas Gates and Sir Thomas Dale

Written in 1611, this document outlines some of the original laws governing the Jamestown colony. These laws were intended to govern all aspects of the colony, from theft to blasphemy. As maintaining prisons was often impractical, there was usually a…

Tax Tribute Ceremony,

Office of the Governor of Virginia

In this photo, "Governor Kaine and First Lady Holton accepted tribute from members of Virginia's native tribes at an annual ceremony. A treaty signed in 1646 calls for the tribes to make an annual offering to the Governor, traditionally the day…

Voters' Rights and Responsibilities,

Virginia State Board of Elections

Every Virginia voter has specific rights and responsibilities guaranteed by the state. These rights and responsibilities are posted on the walls surrounding all polling places during every election.

Why do citizens have "rights and…

Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land,

Mike Abbott

Reforestation is an important part of cutting down on carbon emissions. Trees help absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This document describes a cooperative effort between students, Virginia government, and mining companies to reforest land that had…