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Sen. Schwank: Survey results support municipal police coverage

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 11:30 am

In my last newsletter I included a survey on the use of state police services and regional police forces.

As promised I’m sharing the results of the survey below.

[See how Berks municipalities get police coverage. At the end of 2012, four switched to state police coverage after ending regional arrangements — Lyons, Topton, Strausstown, and Maxatawny Township.]

While the survey is certainly not representative of our entire community, it does indicate that many of you have been weighing the cost of public safety and its worth to your personal sense of security.

Many of you not only answered the survey but also offered very thoughtful observations about how you think public-safety services should be delivered.

I am now processing your responses and reviewing previous legislative initiatives supporting regional policing. I hope to use this information in proposing new legislative and administrative initiatives that will support communities who currently have or are considering regional police forces.

Does your community rely upon the state police or a municipal police force for public safety coverage?

Municipal police force – 74 percent

State police – 26 percent

Do you support legislation requiring communities who rely on state police coverage to pay a fee based upon population?

Yes – 74 percent

No – 26 percent

Would you prefer to reside in a community with state police or municipal police coverage?

Municipal police force - 84 percent

State police – 11 percent

How important is police coverage to your quality of life?

Very important – 49 percent

Important – 30 percent

Not important – 21 percent

If your community currently relies upon state police coverage, would you be willing to pay higher taxes so your community could join a regional police force?

Yes – 50 percent

No – 50 percent

Thanks for your input!

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