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'The asks are great': York City Police identify programs for Rescue Plan spending

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'The asks are great': York City Police identify programs for Rescue Plan spending
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In a recent survey asking York residents about the best ways to spend American Rescue Plan money, public safety ranked at the top of the list. Today, CBS21’s Michael Gorsegner sat down with Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow and some of the police brass about the big asks for this once-in-a-lifetime funding.

“I understand that the asks are great but I think the needs of the community are great,” said Commissioner Muldrow.

In all, the City of York is in line to get over $35 million in American Rescue Plan money. During a recent survey about how to spend that money, 73 percent of respondents identified public safety as the number one concern around York. New money is giving police leaders the chance to expand their horizons.

“People have needs that they are not satisfied with, the conditions around them, environmentally,” Commissioner Muldrow said.

“Seems like the community, it seems like every single person knows our police commissioner,” said Mike Davis, Internal Affairs Inspector with the York City Police Department.

Four “big asks” are in the works. First, counselors are in the budget to help officers deal with mental health calls. Second, the department is hoping to fund a cadet program. Twenty paid internships for young people from diverse backgrounds to find an interest in law enforcement.

“I still think we fall a little short. There is still much more we can do but we are going in the right direction (about addressing diversity),” said Detective Andy Baez.

Two tech tools are also amongst the requests including a new shot spotter system along with a counselor to deal with the aftermath of gunfire in a community. Finally, drones may be in the cards to track nuisance dirt bikes.

“We are super excited about the residual benefits that we are going to be able to get from the program,” said Commissioner Muldrow.

“This is generational type of money. How important is it to get right?” asked Gorsegner.

“You definitely don’t want to be the guy that squanders an opportunity like that, let alone a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Commissioner Muldrow.

All of these ideas and programs will go through a committee that will vet the ideas and give a yeah or nay for funding. The hope is to get the approval and start moving forward in next year’s budget.

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