McNeill announces $1.89 million in crime victim, law enforcement grants

HARRISBURG, June 17 – Services that help victims of crime and domestic violence in the Lehigh Valley will be expanded and two local police departments will benefit from $1.89 million in grants, announced state Rep. Jeanne McNeill.

McNeill said the funding was approved by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

“It’s important that we provide adequate assistance to victims following their ordeals which often leave them traumatized,” McNeill said. “It’s unfortunate that we need to fund these types of services, but crime is a reality in today’s world. I’m glad to see the Lehigh Valley receive multiple grants that will help people and allow local law enforcement to make upgrades.”

Crime Victims Council of Lehigh Valley Inc. will use its $861,013 grant for victim services in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Turning Point of Lehigh Valley Inc. was awarded $861,012 for domestic violence services in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Lehigh Valley Hospital Inc. was awarded $99,421 to increase completion rates of evidence-based mental health services, including Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among child victims of sexual abuse and their non-offending caregivers. This program entails creating a family support specialist position, which will strengthen participation in treatment by working with underserved families in the home to address barriers including social determinants of health and caregiver stigmatization that may be impeding a child or family’s participation in mental health services.

A $50,000 grant will be used by Lehigh County to support the improvement of community supervision and training for the Adult Probation Department and Sheriff’s Office. Items procured will lead to better protection of the community and overall safety for law enforcement and provide new training opportunities not currently available. Funds will support the purchase of a use of force simulator, training and related costs, tasers and related items, body armor and tablets.

Salisbury Township received a $10,000 grant to support the cost of consultants to work with the police department to obtain accreditation through analyzing the risks associated with their current policies and, through a process of examination, working to develop sound policies based on the principles of proper law enforcement standards.

Fountain Hill Borough will use its $9,100 grant to support a computer technology update that will allow the police department to track reports for accreditation, monitor training to improve officer performance and reduce liability.