Sheriffs support legislation for authority to investigate

ERIE, Pa. -- Sheriffs from across northwestern Pennsylvania said current laws limits their ability to serve the public and enforce orders.

Sheriffs from Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren counties are supporting House Bill 466, which would allow sheriffs and their deputies the same powers as municipal police, such as making arrests without warrants. It would also authorize them power to investigate crimes.

"My people are hailing me down saying, 'sheriff, my house was just burglarized a half hour ago' and we did not see it, we cannot investigate the crime,” said Forest County Sheriff Bob Wolfgang

"I feel it's a danger to the citizens. It's a danger to the deputies. When we hesitate like that we could be killed," said Venango County Sheriff Eric Foy.

If passed, the officers say the bill would allow more deputies to patrol without any additional costs to taxpayers.


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