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Toohil, Yudichak Deliver on Mobile Street Crime Unit
7/1/2013

HARRISBURG – State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and state Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) announced that they have successfully secured $2.5 million in state funding for a mobile street crime unit.

The funding, included in the 2013-14 state budget that was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett on Sunday, will allow the Office of Attorney General to implement a mobile street crime unit that will disrupt and dismantle criminal gangs in Pennsylvania.

“The gangs have been such a big issue in northeastern Pennsylvania and Hazleton,” said Toohil. “This mobile street crime unit will allow the attorney general to come in and augment our police protection. We really need the boots on the ground, and we really need them in Hazleton. We’re very excited that the program is coming to help the city of Hazleton.”

To view Toohil and Yudichak’s video comments, visit: http://youtu.be/G5OMb7mrhIw

The Mobile Street Crime Strike Force, which was a top priority for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, will be an elite unit of highly trained, highly skilled law enforcement agents who will team up with the FBI, the state police and local police departments to end criminal gang operations across Pennsylvania.

“This mobile street crime unit is important to send a message to gangs, criminals and drug dealers – not here, not on our watch and not in Pennsylvania,” Yudichak said. “This specialized unit will give the tools to law enforcement and to the attorney general’s office to work with local police departments to effectively drive gangs out of our schools and out of our neighborhoods.”

Hazleton Chief of Police Frank DeAndrea said that he is thrilled that the legislators were able to fund the mobile street crime unit – which will make a big difference in the fight against gangs.

“I am so grateful and gracious to three people right now – Senator Yudichak, Tarah Toohil and Attorney General Kathleen Kane – who came up with a phenomenal out-of-the-box idea to attack a serious law enforcement issue across the Commonwealth,” DeAndrea said. “Senator Yudichak and Representative Toohil recognized how important this was and worked so hard to successfully get this through. I’m positive this is going to make a huge difference to the residents of Pennsylvania, one town at a time, and I look forward to being a chief in the general’s army.”

Yudichak noted that there was strong bipartisan support for the mobile street crime unit. He also thanked Senate Appropriations Committee chairs, Sen. Jake Corman (R-Centre) and Sen. Vince Hughes (D-Philadelphia), for making public safety a priority during budget negotiations.

Last year, with the help of Sen. Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester/Delaware) and Sen. John Rafferty (R-Berks/Chester/Montgomery), Toohil and Yudichak were able to spearhead the effort to pass Pennsylvania’s first anti-gang law.

For more information on Toohil and her legislative priorities, visit www.RepToohil.com or www.Facebook.com/RepToohil.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
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