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Tiadaghton Regional Police plan deserves government support

We’re watching with great interest what’s been going on with the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department in the Jersey Shore area.

The department began with a merger of two police departments — Jersey Shore borough and Porter Township. The tiny regional department soon began to grow, adding Nippenose and Piatt townships to its coverage area.

Next, a study will look at a possible further expansion that may include Old Lycoming and Woodward townships. This study will consider issues such as crime rates, costs, geographic areas and mileage.

We have long advocated regionalization — which is precisely what’s going on here. It allows local resources to be spread farther and better utilized.

The problem is that, with expansion, Tiadaghton quickly has outgrown its facility. Now it is in the process of building a new one. The department recently received a $1 million state Redevelopment Assistance Capital Projects grant to help with the costs of a new $2.2 million building.

The department, with help from consultant Penn Strategies, is looking for federal funds to match the state grant. Obtaining the matching funding by the end of the year will allow the department to kick off the project next year.

We believe this to be a project worthy of federal assistance and would encourage our federal lawmakers to advocate on behalf of the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department. Initiatives such as this are what will be needed in the years ahead and serve as a prime example of how government can do business better.

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