2004 Special Session I

Budget Amendments - SB5001 (Committee Approved)

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Marine Police Officers

Item 399 #1s

Item 399 #1s

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Natural Resources
Marine Resources Commission FY2005 $637,000 FY2006 $511,500 GF
FY2005 10.00 FY2006 10.00 FTE

Page 310, line 19, strike "$11,451,099" and insert "$12,088,099".
Page 310, line 19, strike "$11,451,099" and insert "$11,962,599".

(This amendment provides general funds for ten new entry level police officers for the Marine Resources Commission. The Commission's police force has been reduced by 19 percent since 1980 and has had multiple responsibilities added since then including: national fisheries enforcement, boat accident investigations, safety and homeland security operations. During national terrorism Orange Alerts the Commission is unable to maintain regular patrols because it must divert officers from normal operations. There currently are no midnight patrols on Virginia's 5,000 miles of tidal coastline. With these new positions the agency will re-establish midnight shift patrols.)