Covering towns without local police cost Pa. troopers $600M a year, commissioner says

February 23, 2017 GMT

By Staff

HARRISBURG -- Providing law enforcement to communities without their own local police costs the Pennsylvania State Police about $234 per person annually, nearly 10 times the $25-per-person fee that Gov. Wolf has proposed charging the municipalities, the agency’s head testified Thursday.

Without taking a stance on the proposal, State Police Commissioner Tyree Blocker told a Senate panel that the agency spends about $600 million providing full-time local coverage for about 2.5 million residents across Pennsylvania.

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