Glenn Youngkin on Crime



Tougher penalties for those who commit crimes with guns

Because of soft on crime policies from previous administrations, the record murder rates of 2020 persist across the commonwealth, virtually every law enforcement agency has 20% or greater staffing vacancies. The extensive work of our Violent Crime Task Force, working with city leaders, heard clearly--we need more police on the street, more prosecutors to put criminals behind bars, tougher penalties for those who commit crimes with guns and more support for witnesses and community prevention.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the Virginia legislature , Jan 11, 2023

Return respect to those who wear the uniform

We will comprehensively fund higher salaries, better training, investments in equipment. We will protect qualified immunity for law enforcement. We will invest in community policing programs to build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect.

We will return respect to the men and women who wear the uniform all law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and first responders who take an oath to keep us all safe.

Source: 2022 State of the State Address to the Virginia legislature , Jan 15, 2022

$5000 retention bonus for "our law enforcement heroes"

Source: 2021 VA Governor campaign website YoungkinForGovernor.com , Aug 4, 2021

Rejects "defund the police"; for qualified immunity

Youngkin threw his support behind a number of hot-button issues. He staged himself as fierce defender of the second amendment and pledged to restore voter identification laws. He also supported school choice, pledged to ban critical race theory from public education and denounced efforts to reform math instruction. Youngkin rejected calls to "defund the police" and end qualified immunity--the legal defense that makes it more difficult to sue law enforcement for civil rights violations.
Source: WRIC ABC-8 News on 2021 Virginia Gubernatorial race , May 11, 2021

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