Portsmouth -- The Virginia Police Benevolent Association-- which endorsed Bob McDonnell for Attorney General in 2005-- has announced its endorsement of Sen. Creigh Deeds for Governor of Virginia, citing his strong bipartisan record on public safety.
In 2005, then-Delegate Bob McDonnell said that the VPBA's endorsement was one of the "most important endorsements that a candidate can have." [Washington Post, 9/30/2005]
The VPBA's endorsement comes at a time when the Commonwealth's public safety priorities--along with many other core services --are threatened by the nation's troubled economic climate. Deeds recognizes the importance of preserving funding for our state's police officers and other public officials who keep our communities safe and secure.
"I will not cut law enforcement funding to address our transportation problems. I know you can't be tough and cheap on crime at the same time," Deeds said.
In contrast, Bob McDonnell has proposed a transportation plan that relies on $5.41 billion taken from the General Fund, which pays for Virginia's core priorities like education and public safety.
President of the Virginia Division of the Police Benevolent Association Jason Knorowski praised Deeds' public safety plan.
"Senator Deeds earned the endorsement from the Virginia PBA during the organization's unique and professional political screening process. Senator Deeds demonstrated his support for issues that are important to law enforcement and keeping our neighborhoods safe. The Virginia PBA encourages all Virginians to support strong, effective law enforcement by voting for Senator Creigh Deeds as our next Governor."
As a former prosecutor and the son of a police trooper, Deeds has spearheaded several public safety initiatives in the General Assembly. For nearly two decades, he has been fighting to give our law enforcement officers the training and tools necessary to keep Virginia safe. He worked with law enforcement to create Virginia's Amber Alert Program to help track down abducted children, and he authored Megan's Law and Alicia's Law, which keep children safe from sexual and online predators. During the state budget crisis of 2004, Deeds stood with Governor Mark Warner to protect funding for firefighters, state troopers, sheriffs, and local police.
Deeds' public safety plan is comprehensive and thorough, bringing more law enforcement officers to localities, increasing training and support for emergency first responders, and working with the Attorney General to crack down on gang violence and membership. He will also enable emergency communications on college campuses and between localities and the Virginia State Police.
"It has never been enough to talk tough about public safety; we have to be willing to be public advocates for it, and to continue to make the necessary investments to keep Virginia safe and secure . As Governor, my support will be behind every police officer, every firefighter, every first responder, and every other person who helps keep our communities safe," Deeds said.
The VPBA's endorsement follows Deeds' endorsement by the Virginia Professional Firefighters Association demonstrating Deeds' broad support among the first responders responsible for the safety of the Commonwealth.