Virginia Sheriffs’ Association Partners with the Virginia Association of Counties to Fund Rural Law Enforcement

~Senator Black, Delegates LaRock and Ware propose 2019 Budget Package~

Richmond, VA — The Virginia Sheriffs Association (VSA) is partnering with the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO) to fund rural law enforcement.

Together VSA and VACO have worked with Senator Dick Black (R – District 13), Delegate Dave LaRock (R – District 33) and Delegate Lee Ware (R – District 65) to introduce budget amendments to fund fully the law enforcement ratio in the 86 counties with sheriffs serving as primary law enforcement. “Pressures continue to mount, and the necessity continues to grow to provide school safety, law enforcement, drug enforcement and mental health services,” stated Executive Director John W.  Jones, Virginia Sheriffs Association.

‘These amendments, providing 241 positions at a cost of $8.1 million dollars, are dollars well spent to protect our children in schools and provide critical services to the Commonwealth,” explained Delegate Dave LaRock. 

“The sheriffs in my district are unanimous in believing that these amendments are their top priority, as is the case in many rural counties,” said Delegate Lee Ware.

Senator Dick Black added, “I am pleased that our sheriffs and counties are working together to bring this critical need to the General Assembly.”

As the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees consider these amendments in the coming weeks, VSA and VACO will continue to advocate for and promote the importance of funding rural law enforcement across the Commonwealth.

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