law-enforcement

Shapiro admin waives college degree requirements for state police cadets

BY: - August 28, 2023

Cadets must still meet eligibility requirements outlined by the PSP and must pass the qualifying examination, complete a polygraph examination, background investigation, physical readiness test, medical screening, and psychological screening before attending 28 weeks of training at the academy.

Pa. lawmaker’s proposal would clear civilians to pursue would-be child predators

BY: - August 25, 2023

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said he wants to make it legal for anyone to go undercover posing as a minor online to help law enforcement arrest sexual predators. Citing the long since canceled hidden camera reality TV show “To Catch a Predator” as evidence that online child predation is a significant problem, state Rep. Jim Gregory, […]

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Bill upping penalty for fleeing on foot will just fill jails, lawyers warn | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 9, 2021

Recently approved Senate legislation, inspired by a fallen Scranton police officer, will disproportionately impact Black defendants, lawyers say.

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We need to find a better way to balance police budgets | Roger Chesley

BY: - November 5, 2021

Local police officers shouldn't be revenue-generators for their municipalities. Making the switch would improve police-community relations.

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Advocates call on Pa. to spend $40M to fight lead poisoning in kids | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 25, 2021

This week, Oct. 24-30, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

With homicides on the rise, Philly DA Krasner calls for more accountability from law enforcement

BY: - April 28, 2021

During a news conference Monday at the West Philadelphia YMCA, Krasner said accountability and integrity in law enforcement is necessary for public safety.

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Will Pa. lawmakers pass local police radar bill — or let it pass them by again? | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - April 16, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, the union representing members of the Pennsylvania State Police, added its support this year for the first time.

A changing story by police on a rural Pa. shooting helped fuel white vigilantes and misinformation

BY: - October 2, 2020

The incident made national news for a day, another thread in the country’s ongoing struggle with racism. But a closer examination by Spotlight PA and Pittsburgh City Paper reveals a changing narrative by law enforcement authorities the next day, the effects those inconsistencies had in how the story was portrayed, and how local community members took up arms in response.

Philly DA Krasner vows to arrest federal law enforcement if they break the law in Philadelphia

BY: - July 21, 2020

Krasner’s comments come after President Donald Trump mentioned Philadelphia and five other cities as destinations for an ad hoc federal police force.

A Pa. board is sidelining officers with mental health histories. But advocates say it’s proof of a problematic law.

BY: - June 19, 2020

Anyone with 302 on his record won’t meet state certification standards to become a police officer in Pennsylvania.

Criminal sentences are down in PA, and three more takeaways from an annual report

BY: - November 27, 2019

Criminal justice reformers say it’s not all good news. Diversionary programs remain woefully underused, they say, and data show that thousands of people are going to prison for technical violations of probation.

Report: State budget legislation included bill preempting Krasner on gun crimes

BY: - July 9, 2019

In the rush of last month’s budget debate, the General Assembly approved a measure giving the state Attorney General the authority to prosecute certain Philadelphia gun crimes for the next two years in cases when the district attorney chooses to not press charges. The provision was first reported Monday evening by both the Intercept, an […]