Gettysburg Police Chief Robert Glenny attended a joint press conference today near the Harrisburg Capitol Building to support police funding legislation, Senate Bill 1193, that would allocate $100 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to create the “Law Enforcement Recovery Grant Program.” The funds would be used to support police departments.
The proposed legislation is sponsored by state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-33) and state Sen. Devlin Robinson (R-37). Also in attendance were Lieutenant Jon Greenawalt (Chambersburg Police Department) and Littlestown Police Chief Police Charles G Kellar.
The speakers at the event were in agreement that staffing was an issue in police departments and said the bill, if enacted, would help departments maintain staffing levels. Mastriano said the state currently has over 1,200 vacant police positions and that among the 50 states PA has had the third highest increase in violent crime since 2019.
Featured image: Glenny (right), Mastriano (center), and Kellar (left)