Wednesday morning, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced that the 11th Senatorial District received a total of $5,160,209 in grant funding for community safety initiatives.
The funding comes from a variety of different PCCD funding opportunities including the Non-Profit Security Grant Fund, Federal American Rescue Plan Act Funds Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program, the State Children’s Advocacy Center Funds the Federal Victims of Crime Act, State Rights and Services Act, and State Victims of Juvenile Offenders Funds and others.
State Sen. Judy Schwank applauded the county, local governments, and non-profits that received funding for taking advantage of the opportunities provided by PCCD. She also highlighted the fact that the funding for the Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program came from the federal American Rescue Plan.
“It’s always exciting to see funding flow into our area,” Schwank said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this list of projects will help us achieve safer communities across Berks County. I commend the county, the local governments, and the non-profits that received funding today for putting together strong applications and taking full advantage of the funding opportunities our state government has to offer.”
Non-Profit Security Grant Fund
Abilities in Motion: $20,000 for safety and security upgrades. Chabad Lubavitch of Berks County, Inc.: $150,000 for safety and security upgrades.
Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program
Central Berks Regional Police Department: $153,250 for an upgrade to the current record management system to transition to NIBRS and upgrade the in-house server.
Muhlenberg Township: $427,462 for in-car camera systems, license plate readers, and body-worn cameras with peripheral support equipment.
City of Reading: $2,029,000 for portable tablet computers for patrol, investigations, and services division personnel, recruitment funding, pole cameras, and training (use of force, implicit bias, de-escalation).
West Reading Borough: $153,988 for NIBRS-compliant Records Management System software, backup system, server, in-car cameras, laptop, desktops, license plate reader, body-worn camera storage, XF print all-in-one law enforcement handhelds.
Wyomissing Borough: $98,000 NIBRS-compliant record management system, desk workstation, and mobile computers.
County of Berks: $552,341 for one part-time Firearms Examiner position for two years to supplement the work of the current full-time Firearms Examiner. The funding will also be used to purchase and install a laboratory to allow for the safe discharge of firearms on-site to expedite analysis.
City of Reading: $686,768 to staff a Neighborhood Gun Violence Unit in the Patrol Division that will investigate gun violence incidents at the street level in neighborhoods, assign two investigators to follow up on gun violence incidents, provide funding for increasing the frequency and effectiveness of the Reading Police Department’s multi-agency Operation Ceasefire Details, and the purchase of pole cameras.
Clare of Assisi House: $100,000 to support the Women’s Empowerment After Prison Project.
State Children’s Advocacy Center Funds
County of Berks: $47,000 to support the Children’s Alliance Center.
State Victims of Juvenile Offenders Funds
County of Berks: $528,038 to support the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Assistance Unit.
County of Berks: $214,362 to support the Juvenile Probation Victim/Witness Assistance Unit.