Gov. Glenn Youngkin Donates His First-Quarter Salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has chosen to donate his first-quarter salary to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program.

Youngkin’s move, giving away his first paycheck of $43,750 to the nonprofit, shows the Republican’s commitment to keeping his campaign promises, one of which was to donate his salary as governor.

According to the group’s website, “The Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program (VALEAP) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) committed to serving law enforcement officers and first responders who have undergone traumatic critical incidents in the line of duty or in their personal lives. Established in 2008, in the wake of the mass shooting at Virginia Tech, the organization has served more than 500 officers from over 60 Virginia agencies and trained over 150 law enforcement peers to date.”

“The program implements proven methods of peer support and mental health services to provide psychological and emotional healing to all participants,” the website states.
Youngkin was elected to the governor’s office in 2021 after defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe — a former Virginia governor — in the state’s election. He took office earlier this year.

His donation to the Virginia Law Enforcement Assistance Program comes as the battle over support for law enforcement in the United States rages on, with many on the right continuing to stand up for police.

On the other side of the aisle, there are many who advocate for “defunding the police,” such as Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO).

“Our policing system is built to enable white supremacy. It is not just a few bad apples, it’s a rotten tree. We need to transform public safety — and that starts with defunding the police and reinvesting in our communities,” Bush tweeted in 2021.

Americans don’t seem to agree with Bush’s sentiments though, and would rather the country give more support to police, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll of registered voters conducted in early February. The poll revealed that a majority of voters believed that increased funding for police departments would result in a decline in violent crime in the United States. Broken down, 36% thought that the increased funding would decrease violent crime by a lot, 33% thought it would decrease the rate by some, and 22% thought it would not lead to any decrease in violent crime.