Longietti: Nearly $87,000 to support law enforcement coronavirus response

HERMITAGE, June 10 – Local law enforcement in Mercer County will have access to up to $86,844 in federal funding for COVID-19 prevention, response and preparedness, state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, announced today.

Longietti said the funding will help the many frontline workers in the criminal justice system keep the system running while remaining safe.

“Our criminal justice system doesn’t stop because there is a pandemic going on. Our police are out there on the front lines – along with correctional, probation, and parole officers; case workers; court workers; victim service providers and so many others. This funding will help ensure they receive the resources they need – including training, personal protective equipment, supplies, overtime pay and any other resources – to continue their essential work while minimizing the infection risk to themselves and the community.”

Longietti said the funding – administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency – comes from federal Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding. Of $850 million in CESF funding designated for state and local law enforcement assistance nationwide, PCCD was eligible to apply for a state share of approximately $17.6 million.

Of that amount, PCCD said $8 million in CESF dollars is being made available now, based on an “unprecedented need to immediately address” COVID-19 prevention, preparedness and response.

The funding is for 24-month projects and will be distributed using a formula based on each county’s population size, with a base allocation amount of $40,000.