ICYMI: Spanberger, local police chiefs host public safety-focused phone town hall

Spanberger was joined by Prince William County Police Chief Peter Newsham and Culpeper Police Chief Chris Settle

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger – a former federal law enforcement officer – last night hosted an open, public phone town hall focused on addressing community safety concerns and fostering dialogue between residents of Virginia’s 7th District and local law enforcement officials. Spanberger was joined by Prince William County Police Chief Peter Newsham and Culpeper Police Chief Chris Settle.

During Tuesday’s event, Spanberger and Seventh District residents discussed many topics — including cracking down on illegal fentanyl, preventing gun violence in our communities, recruiting and retaining highly trained first responders, combating domestic and intimate partner violence, keeping our roads safe secure and more. Additionally, the Congresswoman thanked law enforcement officers for the sacrifices they make to protect our communities and provided updates on her legislative efforts to keep Virginia communities safe, address the overdose crisis and provide law enforcement with the tools they need to do their jobs effectively.

More than 4,900 Virginians joined Tuesday night’s event. click here for a full video recording of the event.

“Over the years, I’ve held these interactive town hall events to be able to hear directly from the Virginians I represent about the issues facing their families and their communities – and Tuesday night’s public safety town hall with Chief Newsham and Chief Settle was a great opportunity to learn more about the the public safety issues that are on the minds of Virginians across our commonwealth. Spanberger said. “Thank you to everyone who came out to discuss how their public officials are working to keep their neighborhoods, families and children safe — and to learn more about how we can continue to work together to make our community stronger. I’m grateful for Chief Settle and Chief Newsham joining the conversation to share their expertise and insight and I encourage anyone who was unable to ask a question to contact my office.”

“Representative Spanberger, I want to thank you for this dialogue – which touched on gun violence, road safety, fentanyl and other societal issues that people have and that are ongoing.” Newsham said during the event. “I am fortunate to walk among heroes in the men and women of the Prince William County Police Department, the men and women of the Culpeper Police Department, and the men and women of law enforcement who serve the Commonwealth. Thank you Representative Spanberger, thank you Chief Settle, and I looking forward to future discussions.”

“Thank you, Congressman Spanberger, for inviting me to join this important dialogue. I will always take every opportunity I can to interact with the public. Thank you all for helping us” Settle said during the event. “I also want to thank the men and women of my department – who are out there working tonight, out there working tomorrow, 24/7, 365 days a year – for the great job they do. To all residents of the City of Culpeper, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, contact the Culpeper Police Department.”

Tuesday’s event was Spanberger’s 59th open, public town hall event. These town halls have focused on a range of issues facing Virginia’s families, veterans, seniors, small businesses, students and communities. Click here to view full recordings of past events.


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