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RICHMOND, Va. - A new report says the Virginia State Police needs more manpower to address highway safety, identify theft and other issues.
The internal manpower study obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch says the agency needs an additional 600 troopers, investigators and supervisors.
But Virginia's budget problems could hinder efforts to add personnel. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine plans to slash spending and has asked directors of state agencies to submit contingencies by Friday.
Earlier this month, the State Police notified 63 new-trooper candidates that the agency is postponing its academy class until February. The move will save $250,000 a month.
State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the agency is doing everything it can to avoid cutting services.

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