Biden, HOLDER ANNOUNCE RECOVERY ACT FUNDING FOR PENNSYLVANIA TO SUPPORT LAW ENFORCEMENT

The White House held a press conference in Philadelphia this morning to announce additional ARRA (stimulus) funds for law enforcement.  Pennsylvania stands to gain significant funding for police.

The Clinton Administration’s COPS program was very successful but was sliced and diced to near extinction by George W. Bush.  President Obama is committed to rebuilding this as part of the economic stimulus.

Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder today announced $1 billion in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers all across the country under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  The grants will be awarded to 1,046 law enforcement agencies from all 50 states, including more than $20,163,683 in grants to fund the hiring and rehiring of 93 law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania.   These funds will provide 100 percent of the approved salary and benefits for these officers for three years.  All police departments receiving the grants will then be required to retain the grant-funded positions for a fourth year.

“A big part of the Recovery Act is about building communities – making them as strong as they can be, allowing every American family to live a better life than the one they are leading now,”  said Vice President Joe Biden.  “And we can’t achieve the goal of stronger communities without supporting those who keep our streets safe.”

Read more to see how many officers this program keeps or creates throughout the Commonwealth:

The COPS Hiring Recovery Program funds were awarded to the following applicants in Pennsylvania:

Agency Name

Officers Awarded

Award Amount

Harrisburg Bureau of Police                      

8

$1,689,552.00

Philadelphia Police Department                  

50

$10,903,350.00

Coatesville Police Department                    

1

$192,716.00

Chester Police Department                        

5

$970,315.00

Homestead, Borough of                            

1

$142,493.00

Erie, City of                                    

6

$1,563,720.00

McKees Rocks, Borough of                        

1

$223,083.00

Norristown Police Department                    

1

$309,540.00

Sharon, City of                                  

1

$194,901.00

Reading, City of                                

4

$1,000,100.00

McKeesport, City of                              

3

$641,763.00

City of Easton Pennsylvania                      

3

$669,768.00

Aliquippa, City of                              

1

$133,008.00

Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Department

1

$165,158.00

Rochester Police Department                      

1

$181,125.00

Williamsport Bureau of Police                    

3

$644,499.00

Beaver Falls, City of                            

1

$167,625.00

Knox, Borough of                                

1

$160,172.00

Wilkinsburg Police Department                    

1

$210,795.00

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