Herrin announces $23K for Kesher Israel Congregation in PCCD grants

State Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-Chester, announced today that $23,000 in Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grants has been approved for Kesher Israel Congregation of Chester County from the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program.

“Hate crimes are an unfortunate reality in our society, and this money will help protect against tragedies at the religious communities in our district,” Herrin said. “To make sure patrons of our places of worship feel safe, we must do what we can to provide them with security and peace of mind. Any place of worship should be a safe place.”

State Rep. Christina Sappey, D-Chester, whose constituents attend Kesher, said, “Unfortunately, this state is no stranger to hate crimes and religious violence. We have to give these places of worship every line of defense they need to feel safe and secure during their time of prayer.”

Applicants may use the grant funding for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of the facilities, including:

  • 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 nonprofit organization.

For more information, contact Herrin’s office at (610) 696-4990.