Gov. Tom Wolf announced $170 million awarded to over 220 law enforcement agencies and county district attorneys’ offices throughout the commonwealth through two new programs designed to improve community safety and support local law enforcement.
The following in Bucks County received funding through the Local Law Enforcement Support Program:
– Bristol Township: $525,164
– Falls Township: $125,200
– Lower Makefield Township: $68,371
– Yardley Borough: $70,915
– Bedminster Township: $242,467
– Central Bucks Regional Police Department: $515,793
– New Hope Borough: $89,793
– Pennridge Regional Police Department: $648,406
– Plumstead Township: $144,049
Additionally, the Bucks County Commissioners received $3,079,328 as part of the Gun Violence Investigation & Prosecution Program.
“These grant programs are one more tool in our toolbox to create safer communities across Pennsylvania,” said Wolf. “With adequate resources, our local law enforcement and investigative offices can better protect and serve.”
Both programs are administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
The LLES program provides law enforcement agencies with the necessary resources to implement information technology improvements, purchase or upgrade equipment, cover nontraditional law enforcement personnel costs, support retention and recruitment efforts and provide necessary training. Priority consideration for these grants was given to areas of Pennsylvania with high rates of violence or to law enforcement agencies with low clearance rates (i.e. lower ability to solve crimes).
The GVIP program provides county district attorneys’ offices and local law enforcement agencies more tools to investigate and prosecute firearm violations and violent crimes committed with firearms. Funding can be spent on improving multi-agency gun violence task forces, personnel costs, technology and software to improve investigation or prosecutions or increase clearance rates, firearm tracing programs, and any other efforts that aid in the investigation, arrest and prosecution of a crime involving firearms.
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