Sen, Casey Pushes For Plan to Add More Cops to PA Streets

- U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) pushed for a plan to add more cops to Pennsylvania’s streets following a $118 million cut to the COPS Hiring program since 2010. Casey highlighted the need for Congress to fund the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program, which literally saves lives of police officers in the field. Pennsylvania county by county data below shows the impact that the COPS program has had in recent years. Casey also called on Congress to add more funding to the COPS program in its upcoming budget. The program has added 3,667 law enforcements officers to Pennsylvania’s streets since 1995.

“Despite the clear need for more officers on the streets with the right technology and resources, federal programs to provide our first responders with this support that has been underfunded for years,” said Senator Casey. “We simply cannot afford to ignore this problem any longer, and that means providing local law enforcement with the appropriate tools to do their jobs. I’m calling on Congress to fund these programs which have proven to be instrumental in keeping both citizens and law enforcement safe.”

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