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Richmond, VA — Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown joined the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) and the Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF) to announce the release of cyberbullying training for parents and educators.

“One in four teens has experienced cyberbullying, according to the latest research, and one in six teens admits to cyberbullying others,” said Sheriff Brown. “Many studies point to a strong link between bullying and suicide. Parents, teachers, and students need to recognize the dangers of bullying and learn how to help students who are most at risk.”

The new, online-based training program designed to help educators and parents constructively address this serious problem facing young people today.

Sheriff Brown was also joined in Virginia’s Capitol building by Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director John Jones, National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jonathan Thompson, NW3C Deputy Director Ken Brooks, and Department of Criminal Justice Services Director of Law Enforcement and Security Services Teresa Gooch.

“The Virginia Sheriff’s Association commends Sheriff Brown on his leadership and for pulling together the team to make this training available to combat cyberbullying,” said Executive Director John Jones. “As a result, the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute has slated a cyberbullying presentation at its spring training conference in Roanoke.”

“Cyberbullying: Our Children, Our Problem,” a 30-to-45-minute interactive training program, serves as a resource for parents, teens, educators and law enforcement. This training addresses ways to cope with and respond to cyberbullying, including effective strategies for empathy, communication, conflict resolution and incident reporting.

About the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)
Funded for over thirty years primarily by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), NW3C is a leader in the fight against economic and high-tech crime. For more information, please visit

About the Safe Surfin’ Foundation (SSF)
SSF is a leading organization in preventing children from being victimized by Internet predators. Under the direction of Sheriff Mike Brown from the SSF, the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), SSF has made its mark by educating parents, teachers, clergy, and children about Internet safety and has helped identify and lock up countless online predators. For more information, please visit

About the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association
The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association (VSA) gives a voice to Virginia sheriffs and deputies. Working on many levels and in cooperation with the various segments of the criminal justice system and state government, VSA guarantees unfailing representation for sheriffs and deputies throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • VSA represents sheriffs and deputies on criminal justice issues, on a state level, before boards, commissions and the legislative bodies of Virginia.
  • VSA provides sheriffs, deputies and the public with information about emerging law enforcement issues, corrections, crime prevention and other topics as related to the sheriff’s office.
  • VSA is consistently requesting Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly to increase salaries, enhance retirement and improve conditions for deputy sheriffs.
  • As the organization speaking for sheriffs and deputies, VSA enjoys high recognition by the Virginia General Assembly.