Kim announces $303K in PCCD grants

HARRISBURG, March 11 – State Rep. Patty Kim, D-Dauphin, today announced that $303,156 in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants has been approved for Dauphin County in the form of five separate grants: four Nonprofit Security Grants and one Byrne Justice Assistance Grant.

“These grants were highly competitive and I’m beyond excited that this money will be coming to our district as a means to help protect some of our most vulnerable religious communities,” Kim said. “We have seen the tragedies in Pittsburgh and elsewhere across our nation. Hate crimes are still a persistent threat in our society. If we want to make sure patrons of these places of worship and religious schools feel safe, we must provide them with the means to pay for upgraded security. No one should feel threatened while they pray.”

The Nonprofit Security Grant amounts for Dauphin County include: Kesher Israel Congregation receiving $150,000; Rabbi David L. Silver Yeshiva Academy of Harrisburg receiving $25,000; Temple Ohev Sholom receiving $24,929; Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg receiving $24,500.

Applicants were eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of the facilities, including the following:

  • Safety and security planning.
  • Purchase of safety and security equipment.
  • Purchase of security-related technology, which may include, but is not limited to:
    • Metal detectors.
    • Protective lighting.
    • Surveillance equipment.
    • Special emergency communications equipment.
    • Electronic locksets.
    • Deadbolts.
    • Trauma kits.
    • Theft control devices.
  • Safety and security training.
  • Threat awareness and response training.
  • Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security.
  • Vulnerability and threat assessments.
  • Specialty-trained canines.
  • Any other safety or security-related project that enhances safety or security of the non-profit organization.

The JAG amount for Dauphin County includes the Dauphin County commissioners receiving $78,727. These funds were made available for the continuation of the Data-Driven Criminal Justice Crime Analyst project. The analyst will continue to facilitate information-sharing, data-driven analysis and intelligence-led solutions to crime and policing in Dauphin County, including tactical analysis. The analyst will continue to work with the Gang Taskforce, engaging in initiatives including the CODY COBRA CAPE project, crime mapping, and other related coordinated efforts by the Office of the District Attorney, Chiefs Association, and countywide data projects driven through the CJAB.

For more information, contact Kim’s office at (717) 986-1673.