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Project Highlight of the Month: Pennsylvania State Police Coverage in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania Municipalities

published 8/1/2017 12:00:00 AM

The Pennsylvania State Data Center and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania used data from the Pennsylvania State Police to analyze the types of police coverage in each Pennsylvania municipality. Municipalities were divided into three groups: municipalities with full-time local police, municipalities with part-time local police and part-time PSP coverage, and municipalities that rely on the PSP for full-time coverage. The first group has local police departments that provide 24/7 police services. The second group includes municipalities that have local police departments that do not provide 24/7 police services. The third group includes those municipalities without any local police department. It is important to note that nearly every Pennsylvania municipality calls on the PSP, including those with full-time local police departments.

The Pennsylvania State Data Center and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania analyzed the number and type of PSP incidents using 5 years of data from the State Police (2011 to 2015). The centers also used April 2017 PSP data on the type of police coverage provided to municipalities. These data were analyzed along with municipal demographic and financial data. Click below to read the report released by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact Sue Copella, Director of the Pennsylvania State Data Center,, (717) 948-6427