Del. Tyler supports local law enforcement

Published 4:48 pm Saturday, June 26, 2021

The Office of Del. Roslyn Tyler, representative for the 75th District, which includes Southampton County and Franklin, issued a press release June 17 communicating Tyler’s support for law enforcement in the area and across the state.

The release noted that law enforcement plays a key role in protecting and maintaining a healthy and safe community each and every day. 

As chairperson of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Government & Compensation, Tyler sponsored a budget amendment (HB 1800) this year to increase the local aid to police departments across the commonwealth by $1.7 million and supported an increase in pay for local law enforcement officers and 10% increase for state police, the release continued. The budget was approved by the General Assembly.

“It has always been my priority to support law enforcement in Virginia,” Tyler said in the release. “One way of supporting law enforcement is ensuring their pay is attractive enough to retain existing officers and attract new recruits, and I am happy to say that I have done just that. 

“This increase in pay guarantees that our officers can do their jobs effectively without having to worry about whether their next paychecks will be adequate to provide for their families, and I will continue to support them in the work they do.”

Tyler added that a healthy relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve means supporting programming that builds those bonds.

“It is best when law enforcement takes the initiative to host community events, and I was pleased to support a community building and recruitment event hosted by our Virginia State Police in Emporia on Friday, May 21,” she said in the release. “At this event, members of the community came out to meet our state police, eat with them, see demonstrations by their K-9 units and learn how they can become a more active partner in building a safe and healthy community. The professionalism shown by the troopers was top notch.”

She concluded the release by stating it is her pleasure to continue supporting law enforcement officers and to serve them at home and in Richmond. 

If in need of her assistance, she requested calling her at her Emporia district office at 434-336-1710 or emailing her at delrtyler@house.virginia.gov.