Lawmakers in Harrisburg want towns who get Pennsylvania State Police protection to pay up.

The idea isn’t knew, but two similar bills in the Pennsylvania House and Senate would require municipalities that rely on round-the-clock state police services to chip in for the cost of coverage by paying a fee per resident.

In Lower Bucks County, all the municipalities either have their own police departments or have agreements with surrounding communities. Langhorne, Langhorne Manor, and Hulmeville rely on part-time state police protection when borough officers are not working. Troopers based out of Trevose patrol I-95 and often assist local departments, while troopers out of King of Prussia, Montgomery County, handle calls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Bucks County.

While no lower end municipalities would be impacted by the fee, Bridgeton Township, Durham Township, Haycock Township, Milford Township, Nockamixon Township, Richlandtown Borough, Riegelsville Borough, and Trumbauersville Borough in Upper Bucks County rely solely on state police. They don’t pay a fee toward the service and save the large cost of running their own municipal police departments. Read More