Matzie: More than $4.5 million to support law enforcement, crime victims

AMBRIDGE, Dec. 9 – Grants totaling nearly $4.53 million will bolster programs to assist law enforcement, deter crime, protect domestic crime victims and offer supports and services for women and children victims of abuse, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today.

Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding comes from grants administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, acting on recommendations by various advisory committees.

“Funding from PCCD goes toward programs that make our communities safer by improving crime detection and prevention and enhancing services and support for victims. They help our law enforcement and social service workers do their jobs better and help crime victims recover and thrive. Essentially, they are investments in peace and safety for our region.”

Matzie said grants approved by these committees will fund the following services:

County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee – improve probation services

  • Allegheny County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $1.33 million.
  • Beaver County Improvement of Adult Probation Services – $282,501.

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee – purchase body-worn law enforcement cameras

  • Borough of Ambridge Law Enforcement and Corrections – $23,209.
  • Beaver County Commissioners BWC Program Expansion – $2,892.

Criminal Justice Advisory Committee – improve drug analysis and program accreditation   

  • Allegheny County Chief Executive Officer Prompt Drug Analysis and Accreditation Enhancement – $93,775.

Victims' Services Advisory Committee – prevent crime/support and services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse

  • Allegheny County Chief Executive Officer, STOP Violence Against Women – $125,000.
  • Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh assisting victims of intimate partner violence in Criminal Court – $111,897.
  • Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, services to sexual violence victims – $169,256.
  • Center for Victims, for January 2021-December 2022 – $1.8 million.
  • Crisis Center North Inc., continued procedural services in magistrate court – $39,125.
  • Allegheny Alle-Kiski Area Hope Center HOPE - $31,927.
  • Women's Center of Beaver County, STOP Violence Against Women Advocacy Project - $125,000.
  • Beaver County Commissioners, for 2021-22 - $291,010.

Children’s Advocacy Center Advisory Committee – provide services and supports for at-right youth and minor victims

  • A Child's Place - $47,000.
  • Beaver Sto-Rox Neighborhood Health Council Inc. - $47,000.