|Posted:||January 11, 2021 04:05 PM|
|From:||Representative Robert E. Merski|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Help Our Local Police – Sale of Used PSP Vehicles|
|Our local police departments, like so many public and private entities across the state, are facing budget difficulties in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing lack of revenue. Many need vehicles so they can continue to protect our communities, but the cost of new cruisers is often an obstacle. It is time we give our local police the support they need.
Currently, the Department of General Services (DGS) sells used Pennsylvania State Police vehicles at public auction. I plan to introduce legislation to require DGS to create a program for selling used state police pursuit vehicles directly to our local and regional police departments at a fixed price prior to any public auction. The program would allow police departments to submit a “wish-list” of desired state police vehicles to DGS so they can be notified if such a vehicle becomes available for sale.
This is a commonsense piece of legislation designed to give our police departments a leg up in purchasing pursuit vehicles. For our struggling municipalities and the police departments they support, this legislation can be a financial lifeline. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to further help our police and residents work together to build safer, stronger communities.
Introduced as HB648