Policy Committee explores ways to improve public safety

Rep. Gergely hosts hearing, highlights building partnerships in community

WEST MIFFLIN, Aug. 7 – Building partnerships between community leaders, law enforcement and residents remains one of the best ways to decrease violence and improve public safety, according to testimony at a House Majority Policy Committee hearing Monday at Kennywood.  

“We heard from law enforcement and a community organizer on the best way to build neighborhood safety and reduce crime rates,” state Rep. Matthew R. Gergely said. “These partnerships can be advanced through technology, including plate-reading devices in neighborhoods, but the foundation for all of this remains building relationships between police officers and residents. The community involvement aspect of this issue cannot be overstated.” 

The committee heard testimony from West Mifflin Borough Police Department Chief Gregory McCulloch and Flock Safety Director of Sales Rick Lombardo.  

“Relationships between law enforcement and community residents create long-lasting bonds where each side is after the same result – building a safe community where everyone can live and work together,” House Majority Policy Chairman Ryan Bizzarro said. 

Information about this hearing and other House Majority Policy Committee hearings can be found at pahouse.com/policy. Testimony from policy hearings can be found at pahouse.com/policycommittee/hearingmaterials. Photos for this event and past Policy Committee events to be used for publication can be found at pahouse.com/PolicyCommittee/Galleries.