AG Stein Calls for Public Safety Investments, While LG Robinson’s Senate Colleagues’ Budget Fails Law Enforcement
Attorney General Josh Stein has prioritized public safety, advocating for a comprehensive public safety package and calling for a budget with more investment in law enforcement recruitment and retention strategies. Current budgets fail to include adequate investments to ensure law enforcement agencies are well-staffed and well-trained – and Mark Robinson is silent.
The GOP budget fails to help agencies address the widespread officer shortages they’re facing, putting communities at risk and failing law enforcement officers who protect and serve our communities day in and day out.
“As the state’s top law enforcement officer, protecting the people of North Carolina is job one for Attorney General Stein,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokesperson for Josh Stein’s campaign. “That’s why he’s pushing for a comprehensive crime fighting package that focuses on hiring and keeping the best in law enforcement. Lieutenant Governor Robinson has been silent while his colleagues ignore the staffing needs of law enforcement.”
Read more about Attorney General Josh Stein’s record of putting public safety first:
Associated Press: North Carolina AG urges public safety, law enforcement bills
- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein pushed Monday for a package of crime prevention proposals he said would better equip law enforcement to tackle gun violence, the opioid crisis and the state’s backlog of sexual assault cases. Stein said gun violence prevention efforts are urgently needed. “We don’t want to have to have there be a school tragedy for this state to take action,” Stein said. “We can take action today that will reduce the likelihood of a school shooting ever occurring.”
- “Protecting the people of this state has to be job one,” Stein said. “I’m fighting to keep people safe from violent crime, drugs, and fraud, and I’ll always do everything in my power to hold criminals accountable.”
- On Monday, Stein visited Winston-Salem to discuss solutions with Triad and state leaders. “Our current staffing issues present an untenable situation,’ said Stein, “It puts our public at risk. The day-to-day safety of our community depends on having law enforcement officials out there, and we have to make the job more attractive,” said Winston-Salem police Chief William Penn. Stein echoes Penn’s sentiments. “The safety of our communities demands it,” said Stein. “More well-trained officers mean less violent crime.”
- Stein said agencies should encourage military veterans and out-of-state officers to apply. “Law enforcement officers keep our families and communities safe, and we are less safe when there are widespread vacancies,” Stein said. “I am proud to join lawmakers and officers to take action to recruit and retain public-spirited people in law enforcement.’”
- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein visited Chapel Hill and held a roundtable with Orange County law enforcement last week. As he’s heard from similar events across the state, the state’s top prosecutor heard about the challenges and changes when it comes to hiring for public safety positions.
- The NC Attorney General’s Office is working hard to get fentanyl off the streets. Last week, Attorney General Josh Stein held a ribbon cutting for the State Crime Lab’s renovated Drug Chemistry and Toxicology sections. According to Stein, fentanyl is the second most tested substance at the lab. Stein says he’s asked for funding for a Fentanyl Control Unit in his special prosecution sections to help local law enforcement agencies break up drug trafficking rings.