Convicted killer Cavalcante, who evaded Pa. State Police for two weeks, is captured

BY: - September 13, 2023

A border patrol dog pinned down escaped murderer Danelo Cavalcante on Wednesday morning before state police and federal agents arrested him in a rural part of Chester County, ending a manhunt that kept residents on edge for two weeks. Television news showed Cavalcante, who was convicted last month of stabbing his girlfriend to death in […]

Chester County manhunt for convicted killer enters sixth day

BY: - September 5, 2023

Pennsylvania State Police said on Tuesday that they have expanded the search for a convicted murderer who escaped from the Chester County Prison after seeing evidence that he had obtained clothing and supplies and was headed south.  The search for Danelo Cavalcante entered its sixth day on Tuesday after state police and federal authorities searched […]

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State police see an increase in applicants after waiving college education requirements

BY: - August 30, 2023

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro shared on “X” the platform formerly known as Twitter, that the Pennsylvania State Police has received 297 applications since Monday’s announcement waiving the requirements, including 137 applicants who would not have met the previous education requirement. 

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.

Lawmakers hear about challenges victims, law enforcement face processing rape kits

BY: - September 23, 2022

Going to the hospital and having a rape kit done “was pointless,” Sarah told members of the House and Senate’s Democratic Policy committees. “It ended up meaning nothing. My detective and prosecutor would never even see the swabs. My rape kit was never processed and tested.”

Law enforcement advisory panel offers recommendations for policing reforms

BY: - December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, created by Gov. Tom Wolf last year, is made up of 21 voting members, including one representative from each of Pennsylvania’s 15 state police troops, and is tasked with reviewing law enforcement practices in the commonwealth and offering recommendations on areas of improvement, including areas such as use-of-force, police-involved shootings and bias-based policing practices. 

New PSP Deputy Commissioner makes history again as first Black woman to serve in role

BY: - October 12, 2021

Lt. Col. Kristal Turner-Childs, who has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since 1998, will serve as the deputy commissioner of staff for the state police and assist the commissioner in developing policies and procedures for the state’s law enforcement officers, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a statement Tuesday. 

Pa. sees record-setting number of firearm background checks

BY: - April 6, 2021

In the first quarter of 2021, the state law enforcement officials completed a record-setting 427,450 background checks alone, according to Pennsylvania State Police data. 


The one big reason that Gov. Wolf’s third try at a state police user fee won’t work | Mark O’Keefe

BY: - February 19, 2020

Charge Pennsylvanians for State Police services? In an election year? It's already impossible to gert lawmakers to execute on basic responsibilities.

What would a fair service for state police services look like? | The Numbers Racket

BY: - February 6, 2020

At Tuesday’s budget address, and for the third time during his administration, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a fair-service fee for local governments who are covered by the Pennsylvania State Police. 

‘This is a baby step’: Gov. Wolf, Rep. Sturla again call for ‘fair share’ State Police fee

BY: - June 11, 2019

Nearly 22 percent of Pennsylvania's population depends solely on the State Police for law enforcement coverage.

‘In the same place that we were last year’: Senator calls on State Police to get creative with fee-based funding approach

BY: - February 21, 2019

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police say their personnel and equipment budgets will be in jeopardy if the municipalities they police full-time don’t help them foot the bill. They’re asking lawmakers to let them impose a new fee on boroughs and townships that don’t maintain their own police forces. But a top Republican senator says […]