Harrisburg, September 13, 2019:  State Senator John Yudichak (D – Luzerne/Carbon) announced today that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has awarded state grant funding for three projects in Luzerne County.

Luzerne County will receive $249,338 for their Gun Violence Reduction Initiative. The funding will support the implementation of the Gun Violence Reduction Task Force and regular Trigger Lock Operations, which will use hot spot policing strategies focused on small geographic areas where crime is concentrated.  

“As communities across northeastern Pennsylvania continue to be impacted by gun violence, we must invest in tools that will help them keep residents safe,” said Senator John Yudichak. “Through the implementation of a Gun Violence Reduction Task Force, Luzerne County will have more resources available to help communities address the threat of gun violence.”

“Our number one priority in Luzerne County is keeping our communities safe. We are extremely grateful to Governor Wolf and the PCCD for this funding and to Senator Yudichak and the entire northeast legislative delegation for supporting these important initiatives,” said Dave Pedri, Luzerne County Manager.

Luzerne County also received $111,878 for the expansion of child abuse services. Additionally, the Domestic Violence Service Center in Luzerne County received $97,050 for domestic violence program services.