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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 30, 2014 12:44 PM
From: Representative Seth M. Grove
To: All House members
Subject: Law Enforcement Grant Program Act (Former HB2296)
In the near future, I am proposing a grant which will benefit the regional law enforcement. This will allow regional police departments to build up their municipalities and be able to better provide protection and aid to all citizens. Over the recent years, regional police departments have been hit hard by the raising prices of the economy as municipalities are looking to lower their costs. The amount of grant money awarded to eligible regional police departments will be in the sum of $2,000,000.00 a year from the State Gaming Fund which is unused every year.

Through this grant, regional police will be able to acquire the much needed aid that will enable them to serve and protect their communities swiftly and more effectively. The grant funds would be used for the following items: vehicle acquisitions, cameras, including cameras to be placed in vehicles, speed timing devices, uniforms, police equipment, training, and personnel costs. Those in charge of carrying out the grant will be given to the Center for Local Government. The center’s duties are required to notify law enforcement agencies of the availability of the program by June 8 for fiscal years beginning after June 30, 2015.

Grants will be awarded upon the demonstrated need of the law enforcement agency requesting the grant. For the purposes of this grant, need shall be calculated based on the law enforcement officers employed by the law enforcement agency. This allows us to assist smaller departments in lowering costs as they continue to grow and provide local municipalities with professional and efficient police protection.

This will be beneficial not just to the regional police departments, but to residents in the surrounding areas. By providing more funds to regional police departments, they can continue protecting the people of their communities effectively. By helping regional police departments grow, they will cut down on crime that occurs on our streets and allow the citizens the ability to be rest assured they are in a safe and stable environment.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation by clicking on the link below.

Previous Cosponsors: Masser, Schlossberg, Barrar, Longietti, Readshaw, C. Harris, HarHart, Cohen. Saylor
If you have any questions, please contact Jordan Grant by phone at (717) 767 3947 or by email at Jgrant@pahousegop.com .

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Introduced as HB176