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Posted at 7:41 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Va. state police staffing below budget

By The Associated Press

Virginia State Police are heading into the holiday season with staffing levels some say are the worst in decades.

On Jan. 1, Virginia State Police will be down 249 sworn officers. The money is there to pay their salaries, but $52 million in budget cuts since 2006 have held up schools to produce new troopers.

Gov. Bob McDonnell on Friday asked legislators for funding for three new trooper schools over the next two years to replenish the agency's thinning ranks.

The General Assembly convenes Jan. 12.

Because of the staffing levels, many jurisdictions have no troopers on duty overnight. Many others cover wide areas with limited or no backup.

State Police Superintendent Col. Steven Flaherty said the staffing levels are putting troopers' lives at risk.

By The Associated Press  | December 21, 2010; 7:41 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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wow, why doesn't the state attorney do something about this?

oh right, cuccinelli is too busy wasting millions of virginian taxpayer dollars on his own right wing vendetta against the federal government to please his ultra conservative friends and masters.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 21, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

>>>many jurisdictions have no troopers on duty overnight.

which is why I drive at night. less chance for a ticket.

Posted by: slydell | December 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL at slydell.
Alot less cars out at night mean more likely to be a target by cops, not the other way around. Also, less cars mean more likely not to be slowed down, but speeding. Remember if a bunch of cars are all going 70 mph, a cop is not going to pull over any of them, but if you are going 70 mph by yourself.......good luck.

Posted by: bluebellknoll | December 21, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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