August 31, 2021
FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Virginia Law Enforcement Sheriff's Association today announced its endorsement of Glenn Youngkin for governor during its conference in Lynchburg, Virginia. The VLES is made up of 1,200 members, 83 of which are sheriffs from across the Commonwealth.
The endorsement came one day after Youngkin released his Day One Game Plan, a series of actions he will take on his first day in office toward achieving his vision of making Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Failed leadership and dangerous policies have left Virginia less safe. With rising violent crime and the murder rate at a 20-year high, Youngkin's plan addressed how he will keep our communities safe with several actions including:
- Fully funding law enforcement and protecting qualified immunity for our Law Enforcement Heroes
- Firing the Parole Board and keeping violent criminals off our streets
- Launching #UnityInTheCommunity programs Operation Ceasefire and Project Exile
- Fixing our broken mental health system.
“I am honored to have the support of Virginia’s law enforcement community and look forward to working closely with them to make Virginia’s communities among the safest in the nation, not the most dangerous,” said Glenn Youngkin. “Terry McAuliffe has turned his back on law enforcement and embraced the most radical elements of his party that want to defund the police, abolish ICE, and close prisons.”
"Terry McAuliffe and his Richmond liberal allies are making it impossible to keep our communities safe by pushing a dangerous defund the police agenda. Terry McAuliffe completely failed to control violent crime when he was governor and has made it clear he has no interest in supporting law enforcement, and would rather tout endorsements from far-left groups who call for defunding the police. Glenn Youngkin has pledged that he will ensure our agencies have the funding and resources they need to do their jobs and keep Virginians safe. I am confident that when Glenn Youngkin is governor he will tackle violent crime in our communities while working hand in hand with law enforcement, something that democratic leadership has failed to do for years", said VLES President Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan.