Governor Northam Announces Increases for Public Safety Officers on ‘Thank You, Virginia’ Tour
RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – As he continued his “Thank You, Virginia” tour on Tuesday, Governor Ralph Northam announced that his proposed two-year state budget will include the largest dollar investment in public safety in the world. history of the Commonwealth.
According to a statement from the governor’s office on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Northam is proposing pay raises for Virginia state troopers, correctional officers, deputy sheriffs and regional jail officers. This builds on the governor’s record of law enforcement pay increases over the past four years.
“Law enforcement officers carry a heavy burden as they work to protect Virginians, and this increase is the right thing to do,” Northam said. “Virginia is committed to training officers, funding alternative response systems and investing in communities. It’s also important that our agents are paid enough to create a positive work environment free from as much stress and burnout as possible. This increase and increased funding is a huge step forward.
Under the governor’s proposal, officials say newly sworn state troopers will receive a 7.7% pay raise; the starting salary of new correctional officers will increase by 25%; and the average starting salary for deputy sheriffs and regional jail officers will increase by about 20%.
In addition, Northam’s budget would include significant funding to combat salary compression and provide incremental raises to a range of targeted officers and sworn personnel.
“I am proud of the men and women of law enforcement who work tirelessly to keep us safe,” Public and Homeland Safety Secretary Brian J. Moran said. “Governor Northam’s proposed budget will significantly improve our law enforcement institutions, the safety of our communities, and encourage more young people to join Virginia’s talented pool of public safety officers.”
The governor’s office says Virginia awarded one-time bonuses of $3,000 to $5,000 to public safety officials in 2021, as well as a one-time bonus of $500 in 2020.
“I want to thank Governor Northam for continuing to prioritize law enforcement in Virginia,” said Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle. “The bonuses and pay raises given to public safety officials each year during the Governor’s term have lifted morale and changed lives. This announcement comes just in time for the holidays and will mean a lot to all officers and their families. »
Northam made the announcement at the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial in Richmond on Tuesday morning.
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