State legislators announce more than $500,000 in state funding for Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center

HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Reps. Jeanne McNeill, Peter Schweyer, Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh and Robert Freeman, D-Northampton, today announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $501,500 in state funding for maintenance and improvements at the Lehigh Valley Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center.

“In an era of incredible technology at our fingertips, we need to be smart about fighting crime, using resources wisely to keep our communities safe,” Schlossberg said. “I am excited to have worked with my colleagues to secure this funding and see the people of the Lehigh Valley benefit from this support.”

“Allocating grants that help innovate and improve our law enforcement agencies equates to safer, better communities for all,” Freeman said. “I am always grateful to see tax dollars come back to our district, and I look forward to seeing how this funding will help our area.”

The grant will assist covering costs at the center for personnel as well as annual software support, maintenance and development. The center, overseen by the Lehigh County District Attorney, is a regional law enforcement initiative supporting local, state and federal law enforcement partners in both Lehigh and Northampton counties.

‘I am proud to have worked with my fellow legislators to ensure this funding was allocated to such an important policing program,” McNeill said. “Communities around the Lehigh Valley will continue to be safe, wonderful places to raise families because of investments like these.”

“Grants like these mean our law enforcement are best equipped to take on whatever situations may come their way,” Schweyer said. “The world around us continues to change, and so too must the way we police our communities. I thank my fellow legislators for working together on this important project.”

Freeman, McNeill, Schweyer and Schlossberg noted and thanked Gov. Tom Wolf and his administration for their dedication to community development.

These grants, among dozens others statewide, were approved by the Commonwealth Financing Authority to encourage economic development throughout Pennsylvania.