Friday, March 29, 2013
For some it's a holiday, but for state troopers, it is a time to gear up safety enforcement.
As many prepare for a long holiday weekend, the state's troopers are gearing up to keep the communities of Montgomery County safe. The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) have announced that the 2013 Easter holiday enforcement period will run from Friday, March 29 through Sunday, March 31. "During this time, extra efforts will be made to ensure citizens can safely travel along the Commonwealth’s highways given the increased volume of traffic associated with the holiday," said PSP media contact, Cpl. Gerard B. McShea. The Easter enforcement period can be a dangerous time in the area. In 2012, during the three-day Easter holiday enforcement period, the Pennsylvania State Police in Troop K, which covers highways in Philadelphia, Delaware and …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The State Police have complied with State Rep. Todd Stephens' request to have mental health records included in a national gun check database.
It took 18 months, but State Rep. Todd Stephens said the Pennsylvania State Police have begun sending the mental health records of people prohibited from buying firearms to a federal database. Stephens (R-151) of Horsham, has been working for a year and a half to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Without that inclusion, Stephens said anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. Earlier this month, Stephens said he intended to introduce legislation that would require that the state's …
Friday, January 4, 2013
State Rep. Todd Stephens of Horsham plans to introduce legislation that would require the Pennsylvania State Police to upload information about people not legally permitted to buy guns in Pennsylvania into a national database.
As it stands now, anyone from Pennsylvania who has been involuntarily committed, or found to be mentally deficient - and thus ineligible to buy firearms - could travel to another state and buy a gun. State Rep. Todd Stephens (R-151) of Horsham is looking to prevent what he calls a “loophole” pertaining to the inclusion of mental health records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). “What I’m proposing is already the law in 17 other states,” Stephens said. “I’ve been working on this initiative for a year and a half urging the state police to add this data to the national database.” Currently, the Pennsylvania State Police include mental health commitments in the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS), according …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Four crashes were reportedly also alcohol related.
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Wednesday, January 2
Twelve people were arrested for impaired driving by Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police over the New Year's Day holiday period, the agency said Wednesday. The Skippack-based troop said the 12 DUI arrests were made during "extra enforcement efforts" intended to "ensure citizens could travel safely along the Commonwealth's highways" during the holiday's increased traffic. Troop K covers highways in Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties, in addition to providing local law enforcement for municipalities without their own police departments. In addition to the arrests, the state police issued 469 citations and handled 45 crashes during the two-day holiday enforcement period. Four of the crashes were alcohol related, police said.
Monday, December 31, 2012
A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted in the area over the New Year’s holiday enforcement period.
Troop K of the Pennsylvania State Police announced a New Year’s holiday enforcement period between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. “During this time, extra efforts will be made to ensure citizens can safely travel along the Commonwealth’s highways given the increased volume of traffic associated with the holiday,” said the PSP, Troop K - which covers highways in Philadelphia, Delaware and Montgomery Counties, as well as numerous municipalities without police departments, State Police will work through Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and S.T.E.A.D.-D. (Selective Traffic Enforcement Against Drunk-Driving) during the enforcement period. Operation C.A.R.E. is a national program to reduce crashes on interstate highways during …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
New act and state budget will combine for more support of PSP.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) used to be in law enforcement himself. As a former officer, he said funding for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) is a crucial need. “Proposals to increase state police funding died under the former administration, but thanks to Gov. Corbett’s leadership, the legislature worked together in a bipartisan manner to ensure that the Pennsylvania State Police has funding for 100 new cadets this year under the 2012-13 state budget,” Vereb said in a statement released on Monday. “Public safety is one the most important jobs of any government and securing adequate funds to fight crime in communities across Pennsylvania is one of my top priorities, without increasing spending or implementing any new taxes on our …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Despite being prevented by police from protesting in front of the prison, the movement voiced their concerns regarding Governor Corbett’s priorities.
Decarcerate Pennsylvania protested the Graterford Prison expansion on Tuesday, though it was semi-thwarted when members of the Pennsylvania State Police prevented them from walking onto the Graterford complex. The group had initially planned to meet at Perkiomen Valley High School and walk to the prison entrance, but state police prevented them from making the trek citing safety concerns. “We prevented them from obstructing the highway – we did it for their safety,” said a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper. “People are going to start looking at them, and not pay attention to the way they are driving, so it is an issue of safety.” Despite the concerns from police, Decarcerate Pennsylvania member Hakim Ali believes that the police were not …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Trooper Barry Searfoss, of Coatsville, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in connection with last month's deadly turnpike accident in Upper Dublin.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has announced that Barry Searfoss, a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police, will face homicide by vehicle charges in connection with last month's accident along the turnpike, which resulted in the death of 21-year-old Robin Taneisha Williams. Initial reports indicate that Searfoss, who was off-duty at the time, was driving his personally-owned pickup truck along the westbound lanes of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Upper Dublin, when his vehicle struck the rear of a 1997 Lincoln Town Car, which was occupied by Williams. The impact of the collision caused the Lincoln to burst into flames, and an autopsy would later reveal that Williams died from multiple blunt-force injuries, thermal burns …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Trooper Barry Searfoss, of Coatesville, was off-duty when his pickup truck struck the rear of a 1997 Lincoln Town Car on Friday night. He was later taken into custody and processed for DUI.
According to a report by NBC10, a Pennsylvania State Trooper has been placed on restricted duty following his involvement in Friday night's fatal accident along the westbound lanes of the turnpike in Upper Dublin. The report states that Trooper Barry Searfoss, of Coatesville, was off-duty when his pickup truck struck the rear of a 1997 Lincoln Town Car, which was occupied by 21-year-old Robyn Williams, of North Philadelphia. The impact of the collision caused the Lincoln to burst into flames, and an autopsy would later reveal that Williams died from multiple blunt-force injuries, thermal burns and smoke inhalation, according to an article by Margaret Gibbons on Philly Burbs. The NBC10 report indicates that Searfoss was given a field …