Senate Approves Bill to Help Fund PA State Police Cadet Training
(Harrisburg) - The State Senate this week approved a bipartisan bill that will
create a dedicated funding source to provide for the training of Pennsylvania
State Police cadets, according to Sen. John Rafferty (R-Montgomery).
Rafferty worked with Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) to gain unanimous
Senate Bill 237, which is expected to generate approximately $4 million for
Municipalities with more than 3,000 residents that provide fewer than 40
hours of local police support would see their traffic-fine revenue collected
during State Police traffic stops shifted to pay for cadet training. Under
current law, municipalities receive half of the fines collected during state
police traffic stops through a Motor License Fund formula.
"This legislation establishes a method to provide funding that the
Pennsylvania State Police needs for the cadet training classes," Rafferty said.
"We are reaching a critical time when the force is seeing many retirements, and
we need to make certain that we have troopers trained and ready to take their
place in protecting our communities – many of which rely solely on the State
Police for law enforcement."
Senate Bill 237 now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.