RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — On Tuesday, Governor Ralph Northam announced his final two-year budget proposal will include the ‘largest investment in public safety in Virginia’s history.’
The plan, which will be fully presented to lawmakers next week, includes pay increases for Virginia state troopers, correctional officers, deputy sheriffs and regional jail officers. It comes as public safety agencies raise concerns over growing staff shortages, increasing mandatory overtime and declining morale.
“I know that the past couple of years have been challenging for our public safety agencies. The public debate over policing has been difficult,” Northam said.
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