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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2020 03:12 PM
From: Representative Austin A. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Municipal Police Consolidation
Recent tragedies have shone a bright light on the difficulties that many municipalities face in recruiting, retaining, training, and equipping the professional police officers who are charged with keeping our communities safe. Too many communities rely on part time officers who must work multiple jobs, receive inadequate training, and who often and understandably leave after short employment terms for better paying and full-time positions.
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to create the Municipal Police Enhancement and Consolidation Program to encourage reasonable consolidation, provide funding for training, and ensure police officers have access to the services they need to successfully perform their duties.
This legislation charges the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) with oversight of a vital new program that will make grants available to municipal police departments for the following:
  • Consolidation (25% of funding);
  • Achieving accreditation standards of the International Association of Chiefs of Police or similar accrediting authority;
  • Training and certification of municipal police officers;
  • Community outreach programs; and
  • Enhanced mental health services for municipal police officers.
I look forward to your support in providing our community law enforcement with the funding, training, and consolidation needed to ensure their success in protecting our friends and neighbors.

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Introduced as HB383