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Carilion and Roanoke police team up to recognize Hospitals Against Violence Day

Carilion and Roanoke police officers offer safety tips to the public

ROANOKE, Va. – Carilion and Roanoke Police have teamed up to recognize Hospitals Against Violence Day. It's part of a national campaign to talk about the importance of public and personal safety.

The American Hospital Association says community violence is a major public health and safety issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2 million people are treated in U.S. emergency rooms each year for violent injuries.

 It's a statistic, Roanoke police hope to shrink.

"We definitely want to make sure that the public in general is increasing their awareness on what's going on around them and teaching them little things they can do to make their day safer in their travels to and from the hospital and around the city," said Ryan Brady, a detective with the Roanoke City Police Department. 

Roanoke police say keeping your cellphone handy, having keys in your hand and watching for physical barriers are simple steps to stay safe.