U.S. Senator Bob Casey highlights police needs

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., wants to see additional police and equipment in Pennsylvania after $118 million in cuts to the COPS hiring program since 2010.

In a release Thursday, Casey highlighted the need for Congress to fund the Bulletproof Vest Partnership program, “which literally saves lives of police officers in the field.”

Casey also called on Congress to add more funding to the COPS program in its upcoming budget. The program has added 3,667 law enforcements officers to Pennsylvania’s streets since 1995.

According to the data provided by his office, the COPS program put $4.69 million into Centre County, funding 64.4 non-school officers and one school officer. An additional $2 million total went into surrounding counties Blair, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union.

“Despite the clear need for more officers on the streets with the right technology and resources, federal programs to provide our first responders with this support that has been underfunded for years,” said Casey in a news release. “We simply cannot afford to ignore this problem any longer, and that means providing local law enforcement with the appropriate tools to do their jobs. I’m calling on Congress to fund these programs which have proven to be instrumental in keeping both citizens and law enforcement safe.”