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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 13, 2018 08:38 AM
From: Senator Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Police Community Relations and Incident Team
In the near future I will be introducing legislation that will create a Community Relations and Incident Response Team within the Office of the Attorney General.

The Community Relations and Incident Response Team will have two related responsibilities:
  1. To provide assistance in resolving disputes, disagreements, or difficulties as a result of conflicts between communities and law enforcement agencies; and
  2. To respond to incidents where deadly force is used to better manage the after effects of incidents and to provide resources to family and communities that are affected.
The office will be available to communities upon request or upon its own recognition that a community needs intervention. The office will have to use dispute resolution, de-escalation, risk assessment, and trauma informed education to help communities and law enforcement improve relations.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.