Rozzi highlights law enforcement safety grants benefitting Berks communities

HARRISBURG, Dec. 15 – State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, today announced state grant funding that will help local law enforcement keep the communities they serve safe.

The grants were approved Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency as part of a new Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program.

“This funding will put greater crimefighting and community support tools directly where our law enforcement officials tell us it is needed most,” Rozzi said. “I am delighted to see these grants coming to Berks County and will continue working with our local departments to secure even more funding to keep law enforcement working effectively and our communities safe.”

Local law enforcement grants awarded include:

  • $153,250 to Central Berks Regional Police Department to upgrade its current record management system to transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System and upgrade its in-house server.
  • $427,462 to Muhlenberg Township for in-car camera systems, license plate readers, and body-worn cameras with peripheral support equipment.
  • $2 million to Reading City for portable tablet computers for patrol, investigations and services division personnel; recruitment funding; pole cameras; and training (use of force, implicit bias, de-escalation).
  • $153,988 to West Reading Borough for NIBRS-compliant records management system software, backup system, server, in-car cameras, laptop, desktops, license plate reader, body-worn camera storage, and XF print all-in-one law enforcement.

 Questions about the grants can be directed to Rozzi’s office at 610-921-8921.