Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cuts Proposed for the Capitol Police Budget Will Affect Safety

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Cuts Proposed for the Capitol Police Budget Will Affect Safety

Article excerpt

Every day, thousands of people come to work in Pennsylvania's Capitol and hundreds more come to visit and enjoy the most beautiful Capitol building in America. Since its founding in 1895, the Pennsylvania Capitol Police Department has been dedicated to ensuring the safety of those individuals.

The budget proposed by state House Republicans, HB 218, would arbitrarily cut nearly $800,000 from the Capitol Police Department. If passed by the Senate, this budget bill would require us to reduce our ranks by at least four police officers. The number of officers we can deploy is the biggest factor determining our ability to ensure the safety of the citizens we are sworn to protect and serve.

Over the past few years, the Capitol Police has expanded its ability to protect and serve the community within and around commonwealth facilities and we have expanded our ability to protect legislators, workers and visitors of the Capitol Complex. …

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