Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Three Schuylkill County Police Departments Awarded State Grants

On Wednesday, State Senator David G. Argall and State Representative Tim Twardzik jointly announced that three Schuylkill County Police Departments were being awarded State Grants.

The legislators stated that the police departments from Frackville, Minersville, and Pottsville were awarded state grants to help them better protect their communities.

“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe every single day,” said Senator Argall. “These highly competitive grants will help them do their critically important job at the highest possible level.”

“I am very grateful for the local law enforcement support grants designated to parts of Schuylkill County, as I wholeheartedly support our police and the work they do,” said Rep. Twardzik. “Our local law enforcement plays such an important and critical role in protecting our communities. This funding will ensure they are equipped with the proper and up-to-date tools to help them successfully complete their tireless and invaluable work.”

According to a press release:
  • Frackville Borough was awarded $655,940 for a variety of equipment including protective vests, security cameras, mobile radios, vehicles, and more
  • Minersville Borough was awarded $64,530 to install a camera system on Sunbury Street. 
  • Pottsville City was awarded $300,930 for in-car cameras and more.
The grants were awarded as part of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Local Law Enforcement Support Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in the state budget approved in July.

Program funding can be used for many different projects or purchases to enhance public safety, such as communications system upgrades, body-worn or in-car cameras, recruitment and retention, training, surveillance cameras, automated license plate readers and more.