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November 24, 2015
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Announces First Meeting of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Executive Policy Board  
Harrisburg, PA. — The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s (PCCD) Law Enforcement Executive Policy Board recently held its inaugural meeting at the Governor’s Residence.  The board was tasked by PCCD Chairman Shapiro to work together to develop policy recommendations and strategies to address the common issues the law enforcement community is facing today. There is no similar group in the Commonwealth today.
“I have heard from law enforcement officials across the Commonwealth about the challenges they are facing and their desire to better coordinate, plan and learn from their colleagues,” said Chairman Josh Shapiro.  “This board is a way to bring these high-level officials together from all corners of Pennsylvania to discuss best practices and make Pennsylvania safer.”
The board consists of representatives from the Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania State Troopers Association, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, the Pennsylvania Fraternal Order of Police, Office of Attorney General, Chairman of PCCD’s Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, and PCCD Chairman Josh Shapiro. 
At their initial meeting they strategized about common issues faced by each agency and department.  They agreed to form working groups to tackle these challenges in a productive, multidisciplinary manner and then meet quarterly as a board going forward.  Additionally, Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department presented key findings and recommendations from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Chief Ramsey was a Co-Chair of President Obama’s national task force.
“Words cannot express how pleased I was to be invited to participate in the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Executive Policy Board,” said Chief Robert Jolley, President of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. “I have no doubt that the members bring to the table a wealth of knowledge that will help move Pennsylvania’s justice system in to the future. I was truly enlightened at the first meeting and look forward to the next.”
”It was important that everyone who participated in this initial meeting was able to share what they believed to be the biggest issues facing their organization,” Shapiro said.  “What we discovered is that there are common issues such as police-community relations, firearms violence, heroin and opioid abuse, and an increase in justice involved individuals with mental illness that we are all looking to address. It is my hope that through this board we can work together to come up with solutions to address these challenges.”
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