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Virginia State Police stretched thin

September 22, 2008 | Virginia News

But staffing relief may fall victim to Va.'s budget woes

The Virginia State Police needs 600 more troopers, investigators and supervisors to meet the expanding demands of its mission, a department manpower study has found.

There are "critical issues in public safety that the department must have adequate staffing to address," states the internal report, a copy of which was obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch under a Freedom of Information Act request.

The Virginia State Police needs 600 more troopers, investigators and supervisors to meet the expanding demands of its mission, a department manpower study has found. There are "critical issues in public safety that the department must have adequate staffing to address," states the internal report, a copy of which was obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch under a Freedom of Information Act request. "These issues include highway safety, terrorism, Internet crimes against children, illegal firearms purchases, identity theft and sex offenders." But given the state's economic and budgetary troubles, the chance of bringing manpower relief to the state's primary law enforcement agency -- responsible for patrolling 64,000 miles of state highways and supplementing the investigative staffs of many smaller local law-enforcement agencies -- might be as slim as avoiding rush-hour gridlock on Interstate 95. External Link to Article