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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 25, 2019 09:16 AM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: Part-Time Police Fund

In the near future, I plan on reintroducing SB 457 from last session. This legislation would create the Municipal Police Recruitment and Retention Program Fund. This Fund would make grants available for the purpose of hiring and retaining part-time police officers in municipalities.

The legislation would add a section to Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) to read: Municipal Police Recruitment and Retention Program. The Commission shall administer this Fund, relating to a law enforcement surcharge and make grants from the Fund for recruitment and retention of a municipality’s part-time police force in accordance with this section.

Also, in Title 75 (Vehicles) a section will be created to read: Law Enforcement Enhancement Surcharge. A surcharge of $10 will be levied or imposed as provided by the law, excluding parking violations, upon conviction of the provisions of this title or other statute of the Commonwealth.

Grants shall not exceed $5,000 per police officer position and shall be used to supplement the part-time police salary paid by the municipality up to a maximum of $15 per hour of pay, not to exceed 85% of a full-time base salary for a police officer in the municipality.

Introduced as SB482