Gov. Nikki Haley wants legislators to again increase spending on state law enforcement.
Her budget proposal for 2014-15 would provide five additional prosecutors in the attorney general's office, 10 officers at the Department of Public Safety and 25 people at the State Law Enforcement Division.
The request continues increases to law enforcement over the last few years, after the Great Recession decimated their ranks. Even with Haley's latest proposal, the number of officers at SLED and public safety would still be below 2007-08 levels.
Haley again wants to provide all troopers wireless access in their vehicles. Legislators did not follow that suggestion last year.
Her budget would put $720,000 toward prosecuting violent crime by hiring more prosecutors and investigators. It would spend more than $1 million on prison security.
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