Tackling School and Neighborhood Safety
I hear from parents and/or residents every week that are worried about their child’s walk to school, neighborhood safety, the opioid crisis ravaging families of all backgrounds, or the safety protocols in our schools. I’ve taken active steps to educate myself about these issues to better secure our communities and schools.
I successfully pushed VDOT and county law enforcement for speed limit reduction tools and traffic light studies in multiple neighborhoods. I secured streetlight additions for Stonewall Jackson students, signal changes for the Linton Hall corridor, sidewalk extensions for Patriot students, and dozens of other projects to make our neighborhoods safer.
I have advocated for more tools for our public safety officers. I secured funding for a community room at the new Nokesville fire station, supported funding for 5 new School Resource Officers, and actively lobbied to change state policy to allow retired police officers be SROs. I will also continue to push to increase first responder and law enforcement pay.
Finally, to raise community awareness I held a town hall on the opioid crisis during my first year in office, and attended the DEA Citizens Academy in 2015 to become better informed on the crisis.