Pennsylvania State Police

Public Safety
6:45 pm
Sun November 23, 2014

Police to Ramp Up Seat Belt and DUI Enforcement for Holidays

Saturday’s icy road conditions, which may have contributed to car accidents on I-79, Bigelow Boulevard, Route 28 and other area roadways, were an unnerving reminder that more auto crashes occur during the holidays than any other time of year.

During last year’s Thanksgiving travel period, from the weekend before Thanksgiving to the weekend after, a total of 4,683 crashes and 48 fatalities occurred statewide.

“Vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death, with most fatalities being attributed to unbelted motorists,” said State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:53 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Pennsylvania State Police May Be Tracking Marcellus Shale Activists

Credit Daniel Foster / Flickr

Are state police in Pennsylvania tracking activists for Marcellus Shale drillers? 

We’ll pose that question to journalist Adam Federman who recently reported on this issue for the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia City Papers.

Public Safety
9:44 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Police Find Rifle Carried By Ambush Suspect

Authorities don't have the alleged gunman who is accused of a deadly ambush at a police barracks, but they say they've found the AK-47-style assault rifle that he was carrying.

Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said Sunday that police believe their massive manhunt is hot on the trail of 31-year-old Eric Frein as he travels on foot through northeastern Pennsylvania's heavy forests where he grew up.

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Pennsylvania
4:06 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Slain PA Trooper Eulogized As 'Impeccable' Officer

An honor guard carries the casket of Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson from his funeral service, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in Scranton, Pa. Dickson was killed on Friday night in an ambush shooting at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Eric Frein, of Canadensis, who has been charged with killing one trooper and wounding another outside the barracks.
Credit Matt Slocum / The Associated Press

Cpl. Bryon Dickson was an impeccable officer who put his family first, friends and colleagues said Thursday at the slain state police trooper's funeral as a manhunt for his killer continued 40 miles away.

Dickson "was no ordinary trooper," police Commissioner Frank Noonan told hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton.

Dickson, 38, was gunned down late Friday outside his rural barracks in the Pocono Mountains. The days since have been "a whirlwind ... fueled by stress and gallons of coffee," Noonan said.

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Government & Politics
8:10 am
Tue September 9, 2014

State Police Say Proposal To Change PA Liquor Laws Misses The Point

Pennsylvania State Police tasked with enforcing the commonwealth's liquor code say a new proposal to make it OK to buy booze across the state border misses the point.

A new state House plan would allow Pennsylvanians to buy alcohol across state lines and bring it back for personal consumption — or to be reimbursed for the now-contraband beverages they buy for friends and family.

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Public Safety
3:30 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Bill Would Allow Local Police to Use Radar to Monitor Speed

Forty-nine states in the nation permit their local police departments to use radar to monitor traffic speed, but Pennsylvania is not one of them.

State police are allowed to use the devices in the commonwealth, and a new bill could enable local departments to do so, too.

Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) said local police departments are stretched in terms of their resources and manpower and this could help.

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State Police Discrimination Suit
4:39 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Justice Department Claims PA State Police Discriminates Against Women

The Pennsylvania State Police plan to fight a federal lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice claiming that the physical fitness test discriminates against women seeking to become troopers.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, alleges that the physical fitness tests used by the state police from 2003 to the present excluded qualified women from consideration for hire as entry-level state troopers by testing for physical skills that are not required to perform the job.

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Overshadowed by the Budget
7:44 am
Thu July 10, 2014

New Bill Allows Isolated Schools to Partner with Nearby Police In Cases of Emergency

Special series: This week we're exploring legislative action taken recently in Harrisburg on important bills that were overshadowed by the passage of the state budget.

New legislation to increase the number of schools with an on-site police presence now awaits Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature before becoming law.

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Fireworks
12:17 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Sell But Don't Buy Fireworks in PA

With the Fourth of July this Friday, you might be seeing firework tents scattered throughout the state -- however, much of what is for sale in those large tents cannot be purchased by most Pennsylvania residents.

Pennsylvania state law allows residents to buy and use items defined as “ground and hand-held sparkling devices,” “novelties” and “toy caps” by the American Pyrotechnics Association.

However, according to Adam Reed, Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer, the law is strict when it comes to more-explosive items.

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Public Safety
12:27 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

PA State Police Seeking Donated Horses for Mounted Patrol

Pennsylvania State Police are looking for a donation of a different sort this summer — one that gallops and neighs.

State police spokesman Adam Reed said the mounted patrol receives its horses differently than how the K-9 unit obtains its dogs.

“Whenever we have a new dog, we receive them out of training," he said, "but with horses, we rely on donations just as a cost effective means."

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Public Safety
3:30 am
Sun July 21, 2013

Police Pursuits on the Rise in Pennsylvania

The number of police pursuits in Pennsylvania has increased once again, according to state police.

Law enforcement agencies across the commonwealth reported 1,522 vehicle pursuits in 2012, up 69 from the previous year.

Eight hundreds pursuits began as simple traffic violations, registration plate violations or inspection violations, and 214 chases were initiated because of suspected DUI. Felony criminal offenses accounted for 228 pursuits, and 131 were due to a stolen or suspected stolen vehicle.

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Transportation
4:31 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

State, Local Police Partnering to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving along Route 30

Since 2008, there have been nearly 10,000 automobile crashes with 96 fatalities statewide along Route 30.

The Pennsylvania State Police are partnering with municipal police departments to initiate a crackdown on aggressive driving along Route 30.

State police spokesman Adam Reed, said the Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic initiative, or “HEAT on 30,” will span Pennsylvania’s Route 30.

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Public Safety
3:30 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New Budget Helps PA State Police to Increase Numbers

Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police is 12 percent below full complement, but the increased funds from the new budget might close that gap.

The 2013-14 budget includes an additional $15 million for state police - bringing the department’s total budget to $210 million.

Public Information Officer Adam Reed said this money will help the department fill some vacancies.

“For us, that means that we can avoid some very critical decision that may have been looming without proper funding like hiring and closing additional stations” Reed said.

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Drug Law
10:39 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Keeping a Step Ahead of Synthesized Drugs

A Pennsylvania legislator hopes he has found the solution to a cat and mouse game in which the makers of synthesized drugs, including bath salts, would change the composition of the drugs to keep them legal.  State Representative Jerry Stern (R-Blair County) is adding his own changes-- to the law.

After hallucinogenic chemicals known as bath salts became popular with drug users, Pennsylvania lawmakers in 2010 added them to the list of prohibited substances in the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act of 1972.

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Public Safety
2:36 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Supreme Court Ruling May Shift How DUI Arrests Are Handled in PA

A recent Supreme Court decision stated that a search warrant must be obtained before officials draw blood from people suspected of driving under the influence.

Typically, when an officer pulls over a motorist and has probable cause for arrest, the officer takes the motorist directly to hospital for a blood draw. Now, police have to get a search warrant first.  

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State Police
12:38 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

State Lawmaker Wants Municipalities to Pay Up for PA Police

Hundreds of municipalities in the commonwealth that do not have their own police departments can request state police coverage, and get it for free. 

State Sen. Judy Schwank (D-Berks) wants to charge for it.  

According to the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, an office of the state legislature, the Pennsylvania State Police provided full- or part-time coverage to more than 1,700 of the state's 2,562 municipalities.

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