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For all Virginians

Job One: Keeping Virginia Safe

A Plan to Eradicate Gangs, Reform the System, and Reward Those Who Serve and Protect


Keeping our communities safe is the top priority of government. Virginians must feel safe in their homes, businesses, schools, and on our roads and highways. Unfortunately, crime rates have increased in recent years. According to the annual Crime in Virginia report compiled by the Department of State Police, the rates of murder, robbery, aggravated assault, forcible sex offenses, motor vehicle theft and many other rates are up from 2015.

Virginia’s next governor must ensure and maintain public safety. As governor, Ed Gillespie will stand up for our law enforcement and first responders, protect Virginia from those who wish to do us harm, combat gangs, improve our corrections and re-entry system and enhance our cybersecurity against those who would attack and misuse our business and personal information. Ed will appoint to his Cabinet a highly trained and service-minded Virginian to serve as Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security and also to leadership positions for the state agencies that work to sustain and advance safety at home and in our communities.

Providing for public safety is an essential responsibility of government. By supporting pro-growth and fiscally responsible economic policies, Ed will make sure state government can continue to invest in public safety, including funding to recruit and retain top-notch law enforcement personnel. A Gillespie Administration will coordinate efforts between federal, state and local law enforcement to eliminate dangerous threats. Ed will reduce crime and improve Virginians’ experiences with the criminal justice system. When we do this, we can support the brave people who selflessly serve us every hour of every day, improve trust between communities and law enforcement and, most importantly, make our Commonwealth safer for all Virginians.

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Ed deeply respects our law enforcement community. Law enforcement personnel serve as the first line of defense in our communities, risking their lives every day when they confront those in our society who would do us all harm. Brave first responders frequently perform their vital work without proper credit or appreciation, let alone proper compensation.


The men and women who serve in fire and emergency services protect us 24 hours a day. We must do more to recognize their sacrifice and contributions to the public safety.


Virginia, as history has tragically demonstrated, is home to many prime targets for those who want to attack America. In order for Virginia to be safe and for us to do our part in keeping the nation safe, we must continue to prioritize homeland security.


Recent tragedies throughout Virginia have underscored the need for Virginia’s elected leaders to develop and execute a detailed plan to prevent and eradicate gang activity throughout our communities. Gangs prey on our most vulnerable communities, including immigrant communities who are trapped due to social, legal or economic restrictions. It is time for Virginia’s elected leadership to support law enforcement in their work to eradicate our gang problem before it grows.


Virginians must feel safe in their homes and communities. Job one for Virginia’s next governor is to ensure and maintain public safety.


Virginia faces threats seen and unseen. As governor, Ed will prioritize cybersecurity of Virginia’s public and private assets.


As governor, Ed lead a state government that fosters redemption and reconciliation for all Virginians. In the weeks ahead, Ed will announce a detailed criminal justice reform to benefit all Virginians.


In July 2017, Ed released his Mental Health, Addiction and Recovery plan. Please read the full plan, here.

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