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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: March 13, 2018 11:17 AM
From: Representative Carol Hill-Evans
To: All House members
Subject: Public Safety Preference - Civil Service Act
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Civil Service Act of 1941 (P.L. 752, No. 286) to add five points to the total score when grading civil service examinations for individuals who have graduated from a public safety academy.

Public safety academies offer training for individuals looking to begin a career in the fast-growing field of public safety and emergency services. Further, the academies provide instruction and real-world experience in law enforcement, corrections, probation, security, fire protection, emergency medical services, as well as homeland security at the local, state, and federal levels. Universities as well as local high schools offer this valuable training to prepare individuals to effectively plan for disasters and mitigate their impact.

My proposal will recognize individuals who have completed such training and invested their time in pursuing a career field dedicated to the general safety and well-being of the community and the Commonwealth. To qualify for the additional five points, individuals must graduate from an accredited academy as determined by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission.

As you know, the commission currently offers a 10 point exam bonus for qualified veterans. I believe this measure represents a worthy addition for individuals in public safety. As such, please join me in sponsoring this important legislation.