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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 9, 2020 03:23 PM
From: Representative Austin A. Davis
To: All House members
Subject: Exploring Regional Police Consolidation
Pennsylvania has more police forces than any other state in the nation, and yet in many communities, these departments employ part-time officers making barely over minimum wage. With more than 1,100 police forces employing more than 27,000 officers, we have the second highest number of police forces in the country and twice as many as the national average.
It is time we gather some data on whether or not this system of state, regional, county, and municipal police departments is serving the Commonwealth well, or whether cost savings and professionalism may be better achieved by incentivizing consolidation of departments.
This resolution will direct the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to research the potential cost savings, potential sources of funding, and what stumbling blocks currently exist in consolidation efforts across the Commonwealth. I look forward to your support in carrying out this important research.

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Introduced as HR43