SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Applauds Sens. Casey and Toomey For Successful Criminal Justice Reform Bill Criminal Justice Reform, National Issues, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today issued a statement thanking Sens. Casey and Toomey for their votes toward the overwhelming passage of the First Step Act for criminal justice reform:“The passage of the First Step Act in the Senate shows the significant bi-partisan support for this much-needed criminal justice reform. I thank senators Casey and Toomey for their votes in support of this legislation that could make a difference in the lives of the many Pennsylvanians incarcerated in federal prisons with overly punitive sentences. And I encourage the House to pass this when they vote tomorrow.“The wide and varied support for this bill is encouraging. With these positive steps to reform the criminal justice system on the federal level, Pennsylvania can learn and hopefully follow suit with progress on reforms pending in our General Assembly.”Of note, Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to pass Clean Slate legislation. Gov. Wolf signed the Clean Slate legislation in June and has called for more meaningful criminal justice reform including passage of the second round of Justice Reinvestment Initiative or JRI2, bail and pre-trial reforms, Post-Conviction Relief Act expansion, probation and parole revocation and resentencing, and indigent defense December 19, 2018
Senior Trooper Chris Richey and his K-9 partner were named top overall team at a recent competition.A local Indiana State Police officer and his K-9 were top dog at a recent competition.Senior Trooper Chris Richey of Versailles and his partner, Rayner, were recently named “Top Overall K-9 Team” after a two day competition in Tennessee. Richey and Rayner competed against 25 other law enforcement groups from the Midwest and were in categories of patrol and narcotics.Richey and Rayner finished first in patrol and second in narcotics, making them the top overall team.The Patrol Competition was judged on tactics, officer safety, proper K-9 deployment, speed, and accuracy while the Narcotics Competition was judged on accuracy, speed and overall effectiveness of the team.“Although this was a competition it was also a time to network with other agencies and K-9 handlers from other parts of the country,” Trooper Richey said. “It was a great venue to learn other officer’s tactics and hopefully pass on to younger officers what I have learned during my 8 years as a K-9 handler.”Richey and Rayner has been team since October 2012.