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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: September 13, 2018 12:17 PM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Voluntary Law Enforcement Regionalization Grant Program
 
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that will provide for a law enforcement regionalization grant program. The program will be entirely voluntary and uncoercive.

Many communities are forced to operate with part time officers, who themselves must work multiple jobs to make ends meet. One measure that can be taken to overcome this is to provide incentives for departments to merge or consolidate on a regional or countywide basis.

My legislation would provide a grant incentive program to help with planning, facility decisions, equipment requirements, and operating costs associated with regionalization. This will provide a broader scale for hiring police at better wages, increase department access to minority communities for recruitment, and improve professionalization of officers.

In addition to helping ease the costs associated with regionalization the legislation will also help with training and man-power problems that are often related to community relations issues.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.