|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