Gov. Sanford's Budget to Boost Trooper Force by Another 100
BUDGET PLAN TO ADD TOTAL OF 270 NEW OFFICERS, BRING TROOPER RANKS TO ALL-TIME HIGH
Gov. Mark Sanford today announced that his upcoming Executive Budget -- for the third straight year -- will include funding for 100 new Highway Patrol State Troopers, part of 270 total new law enforcement personnel that will be included in his spending plan. All told, Gov. Sanford's budget will include a total of $27.7 million in new recurring law enforcement spending, as well as an additional $49.7 million for one-time capital expenditures like facilities, maintenance and equipment.
This year's proposal will bring the total number of new officers added by the governor's Executive Budgets to more than 1000, and bring the Highway Patrol's number of officers to an all-time high, surpassing the previous high-water mark set in 1994.
"One of the things central to advancing this notion of quality of life in South Carolina is making sure people and property are protected," Gov. Sanford said. "I think our approach to budgeting has paid some real dividends in terms of our ability to prioritize our funding of law enforcement and rebuild from the across-the-board budget cuts from years past. With this budget, we'll finally be able to restore the Highway Patrol to its previous level of manpower, and we'll have added roughly 1000 to our state's law enforcement ranks -- all of which will go a long way toward making sure South Carolina is a safer place to live and work."
Gov. Sanford's budget proposal for law enforcement provides funding for: 130 total officers for the Department of Public Safety, which includes 100 troopers, vehicles and equipment; 44 new officers and funding for facility upgrades and renovations at the Department of Corrections; 36 new Department of Juvenile Justice officers and the replacement of two dormitories; 40 officers and funding for Jessie's Law implementation and other GAPS monitoring at the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services; and 20 new State Law Enforcement Division Officers.