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Virginia to provide $55 million for public safety

Staff writer ▼ | December 17, 2013
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that his biennial budget will provide $55.3 million in targeted funding to support public safety around Virginia.
Richmond
RichmondVirginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that his biennial budget will provide $55.3 million in targeted funding to support public safety around Virginia.


The governor's budget proposals include $22.2 million for sheriffs, Commonwealth's Attorneys, and Circuit Court Clerk Deputies to fund new hires, reduce overcrowding in jails, fund long overdue pay increases and support other critical operations. Governor McDonnell also proposed $21.3 million in additional funding to assist local law enforcement through the "599" program.

Governor McDonnell said, "Local law enforcement plays a critical role in ensuring that Virginia's streets and communities are safe. I began my career in public service as a prosecutor in the Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney's office.

"I know firsthand how hard the men and women who serve as Sheriffs, Commonwealth Attorney's and in clerk's offices work day in and day out to protect their communities and preserve justice for their fellow Virginians. These funds will provide the critical resources necessary to better serve the public and will play a vital role in ensuring a safe and prosperous Commonwealth in the years ahead."


 

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