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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 25, 2019 05:06 PM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Police Services Act
In the near future, I will be introducing the Pennsylvania State Police Municipal Police Services Act. The bill provides for a reasonable per capita fee to be paid by municipalities for Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) coverage.

Two-thirds of Pennsylvania municipalities rely on state police for part- or full-time patrol services in lieu of a full-time local police force. The area covered by PSP is mostly rural, and covers 82 percent of the commonwealth’s land mass but just 26 percent of residents.

In 2017-18 fiscal year, PSP spent $677 million on patrol services in municipalities. This largely supports part- and full-time patrol services in municipalities that do not have a full-time local, regional, or contracted police force. Almost three quarters of incident responded to by PSP in 2018 occurred in municipalities with patrol full-time state police coverage, excluding traffic stops.

The fee proposal would raise about $100 million which represents only a small percentage of the amount of coverage that municipalities receive from PSP.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB741