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December 27, 2019

PCCD Receives 2019 PA Excellence in Technology Award

Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) was recently awarded a PA Excellence in Technology Award at the PA Digital Government Summit for a school safety and security provider registry and application process. 

In 2018, Act 44 created the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within PCCD to establish criteria for physical safety and security assessments and student assistance and behavioral health support assessments in schools. In addition, the Act mandated the SSSC to establish criteria for registration of a person with knowledge and experience in matters of school safety and security that qualifies the person to conduct such assessments. Both sets of criteria were adopted by the SSSC on September 26, 2018.

Launched in October 2018, the registry of school safety and security assessment providers is for assessors that meet the SSSC's registration provider criteria and whom agree to conduct physical security, safety, and/or behavioral health assessments in school buildings and campuses meeting the assessment criteria approved by the SSSC. The registrant's information is not added to the registry until the registrant has been approved by PCCD staff and the SSSC.  Once added to the registry, schools can research and locate assessors that can provide assessments in their area.

The registry website was created through a collaborative effort of the staff of the Office of Administration Public Safety Delivery Center and PCCD.  Dan Oneufer, Kelly Nissley, Ravi Petta, Ujjwal Mittal, Rakesh Paidi, Vanita Kakarla, Abhishek Kumar, Kirsten Kenyon and John Pfau accepted the award on behalf of PCCD at the Summit's recognition ceremony at the Harrisburg Hilton on December 12th, 2019.

This technology award was the third in three consecutive years for PCCD.  Prior awards were given for PCCD's mobile application for crime victims[1] and JHELD system upgrades, which collects information from law enforcement and jail facilities on juvenile detention practices. 

Our Mission is to enhance the quality, coordination and planning within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, to facilitate the delivery of services to victims of crime, and to increase the safety of our communities.


MEDIA CONTACT: Kirsten Kenyon, (717) 265-8505

The mobile application is available for both iPhone and Android users through the App Store and Google Play Store under the name "PA Crime Victims."  It can also be downloaded off PCCD's website.