Police Services

The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services provides technical and financial assistance to support police regionalization efforts to enhance administrative and operational procedures.

Regional Policing

Pennsylvania has more police departments than any other state in the country, and many are too small to provide a full range of police services. In fact, eighty-three percent of the municipal police departments have less than ten officers.

The concept of regional policing is gaining favor among municipal leaders who are faced with stagnant or declining sources of revenue. Currently, there are 35+ regional police departments representing 125+ municipalities. Most regional police departments were created to strengthen existing police services in the areas of administration, supervision, training, investigation, patrol and specialty services.

Technical & Financial Assistance

The Governor’s Center for Local Government Services (GCLGS) provides technical and financial assistance to municipal police departments interested in regionalization. Grant funding is available through DCED’s Municipal Assistance Program (MAP) . Assistance from the GCLGS may include, but is not limited to, in-depth management studies to determine whether police consolidation is feasible.

Additional Resources

Contact Information

For more information contact Ron Stern at 717.720.7465.

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