In his budget proposal Gov. Wolf has asked that municipalities pay if they depend on the State Police for police coverage. I personally feel this is a fair manner to cover the cost to the State Police in both Time and money. The time they are policing municipalities could be use patrolling the interstates. There is another manner that could provide police coverage to these municipalities and I will explain it.
I came to this area from rural northern Pennsylvania in 1971 and we had many municipalities that did not have a police force but did the following. There were a few men, at that time women police were very rare, who were qualified in police work. These men would be hired part time by a couple of townships to provide police protection and this worked out very well. This system could work today with the municipalities statewide and could be more affordable to these municipalities.
Ideally retired police officers and off-duty officers might be interested in doing this work and that would avoid the need to provide benefits to these officers as they would have most of these with their retirement. In the 1950s and '60s these officers provided their own vehicle, uniform, and equipment so that would have to be worked out between parties.
Another possibility would be to use the sheriff's department to patrol these areas. Here again the municipalities would have to negotiate a payment amount, but this could be cheaper than paying for State Police coverage or starting their own police department.
North Middleton Township