Governor’s Office of Homeland Security will be Moving

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security will soon move its operations to State Police headquarters in Harrisburg.  Homeland Security was merged into the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency under the former Rendell administration, but a recent review determined that sharing the same building with state police would result in a better combination of intelligence gathering and sharing.   

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan will serve as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor.   

Cory Angell   with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says it makes sense to move the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security’s operations to State Police headquarters. He says it’s all about working with other state agencies more efficiently.

Pennsylvania State Police Get High Marks from Feds for Motor Carrier Safety Data

Pennsylvania’s motor carrier inspectors conducted more than 93,000 random truck inspections last year, a 14% increase from the previous year.  State troopers also checked motor coaches and inspected 28,000 school buses across the state.  Their efforts earned them the highest marks for providing timely and accurate information to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Pennsylvania State Police spokesman Sergeant Anthony Manetta says inspectors discovered more than 88,000 safety violations last year.  He says these ranged from equipment violations, such as issues with the brakes, to violations with the log books that drivers are required to keep.

Sgt. Manetta says they have trained state troopers who go out and conduct inspections, as well as specialized motor carrier inspectors. He says they also conduct safety inspections on school buses before the beginning of the school year, as required by state law.