—Posted by Matt Buxton, staff writer
Gov. Sean Parnell has released the first look at his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session with details on continued funding for his ongoing fight against domestic violence.
Parnell announced the the public safety budget will include an additional $14.8 million for Choose Respect initiative to continue education, support and legal efforts.
The announcement also includes $2.8 million in funding for 15 new state troopers for the Railbelt area, including Fairbanks. There’s also funding for a trooper post in Hooper Bay.
An additional $2.7 million will fund 15 more village public safety officers, bringing the statewide total to 131. Three new prosecutor positions focusing on child sex abuse cases will cover Fairbanks, Bethel and Juneau.
“All Alaskans deserve to be safe in their homes and communities,” Parnell said in a press release. “We now understand the magnitude of the violence and have made significant strides in building pathways to prevention and healing.”