Public Safety and Our Youth

There are many skilled, dedicated people working diligently to keep us safe; I know because I’ve had the honor of working with them. We must look out for our neighbors, and as Governor, I will prioritize public safety because that is the first responsibility of any government.

When Lamoille County Sherriff Roger Marcoux called me to voice a concern that not all classrooms had access to our 9-1-1 emergency network, I knew something had to be done. After listening to the Sheriff to learn more about the challenges and dangers this posed for our schools and our youth, I led the effort in Montpelier to ensure every district and every classroom has access to the full range of security features the 9-1-1 system provides.

As Lt. Governor, I serve as Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council, where I work closely with the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and a full spectrum of State agencies and departments on security matters impacting Vermonters. I also chaired the Capitol Complex Security Working Group, whose public safety recommendations appear in the Capital Bill this year.