This week is National Law Enforcement Week! Since the beginning of 2017 I’ve met with 5 of the 6 police chiefs in our district and completed 4 police ride-alongs, totaling almost 30 hours speaking directly with police officers about the issues they experience up close in our communities and what solutions they see.
Here’s a recap of the issues we discussed this week!
- This week I was endorsed by Chris Genetti, a 25 year veteran of the Lancaster City Police Department and former candidate for Lancaster County Sheriff.
- Something I hear a lot about from folks along the river has been worry about keeping the Susquehanna Regional Police Department well-funded and intact. Local police have better response times and build more trust with their communities than the alternative. I’m committed to keeping policing local for the sake of our communities and our police departments.
- The opioid epidemic has claimed the lives of far too many of our neighbors, our friends, and our family members in this district. Keeping with our National Law Enforcement Week theme, first responders must be given our support for stronger enforcement against dealers as well as the resources to guide those in need toward effective care. Locally, departments are trying to use the tools at their disposal to help, from starting up a Certified Recovery Specialist program to trying to work with treatment centers to reserve dedicated beds for police referrals, efforts I strongly support.
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- As a mom, it is heartbreaking to think of the parents just like me who, unlike me, went to bed without their children in their arms last night. In Lancaster county, responsible gun owners don’t mind more serious background checks, training, and other safety measures, because we know these things keep everyone safe. If we set the bar at stopping every instance of gun violence, we keep ourselves from taking measurable steps to protect our children and we can do that without infringing on the rights of sporting Pennsylvanians.
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- Pennsylvania is the only state in the nation in which municipal police officers are barred from using RADAR to identify speeding motorists. Instead, police are required to use the less accurate, unwieldy, and resource-heavy ENRADD. In a rural district like ours with many miles of roads to cover, allowing our police departments to use RADAR is a no-brainer and something I would support in the legislature.
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