Springfield Township is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two state grants and one private grant collectively valued at over $115,000!
$32,500 for Police Body Cameras
The first state grant, offered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency in the amount of $32,500, was awarded to Springfield Township for the implementation of a Body-Worn Camera program by the Springfield Township Police Department (STPD). These funds will be used to purchase twenty-nine (29) body cameras for the dedicated officers of the STPD along with necessary software and licensing needed for their deployment.
$83,000 for Park Improvements
The Township is also the recipient of a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Greenways, Trails, and Recreation program grant totaling $75,000. These DCED funds will contribute to the Cisco Park Playground Rehabilitation project, which will replace the existing playground equipment, add a new all-inclusive sensory play area and picnic pavilion, and included improved ADA accommodations. Additionally, a PECO Green Region grant was awarded to the Township in the amount of $8,000 as part of the Mermaid Park Stream and Habitat Restoration project. When combined with previously awarded grants for the improvements at Cisco and Mermaid Parks, $134,300 and $197,600 respectively, the Township has received over $414,000 in state, county, and private grant funding to invest in our local park system!
“Whether it be through implementing a body camera program that facilitates greater trust between the dedicated members of the STPD and the public or investing in our local park system, addressing the needs of our residents is our highest priority ” states Baird Standish, President of the Springfield Township Board of Commissioners. “These grants will allow us to partner with state, county, and private agencies to support important projects that will undoubtedly benefit our entire community."
The Springfield Township Board of Commissioners and staff wishes to thank the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, PECO, and the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the body that awards DCED grants) for seeing the value in our proposed projects and providing these generous awards.
The Body Camera program is expected to launch by the end of 2021 and construction for the two park improvements will likely occur in 2022-2023.
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