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Katie McGinty unveils public safety plan in campaign for Pennsylvania governor

McGinty unveils public safety plan in campaign for Pa. gov.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - One of four Democrats competing to be the next governor of Pennsylvania stopped in Bethlehem on Monday.

Katie McGinty is a former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. 

The Chester County woman met with local leaders and introduced her public safety plan Monday.

"An initiative designed to make our communities the most attractive, livable, and safest in the country," McGinty said.

First, McGinty suggested adding more police officers. She's looking to add 1,000 officers, dedicated to community policing, throughout the commonwealth. 

It's a boots-on-the-ground approach that would cost $8.5 million in the first year.

"That would be about a five percent increase in our law enforcement personnel," McGinty said.

She also said she wants to provide police departments with better equipment, including an additional 5,000 bullet proof vests and $5 million over three years dedicated to modernizing  technology.

"I do think it's important to have things like data analytics and advanced information that can backup effective law enforcement, so we're really targeting who it is that is a problem in our communities," McGinty said.

McGinty also proposes consolidating small police forces to make larger regional departments.

"To regionalize the police department to share some resources to be able to cut some of that overhead and instead use that money to really get the job done on the streets," McGinty said.

The other three Democrats in the race are Pennsylvania Treasurer Robert McCord, U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz and former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf.

The party's nominee will face Republican incumbent Tom Corbett in the November election.

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