This editorial first appeared in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
The state’s $200 million public safety budget for the coming fiscal year is the same as the current year’s, but one program received a much-needed boost.
The Village Public Safety Officer Program was given enough money to hire an additional 15 people.
This will raise the number of funded positions to 116. The state is finally beginning to support this program as it did a few decades ago, when similar numbers of VPSOs were employed in Alaska’s rural communities.