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Wednesday, December 11, 2019
PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVESLehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announces a $500,000 grant that will benefit the RIIC. He is accompanied by state senators Pat Browne, R-16th and Lisa Boscola, D-18th. PRESS PHOTO BY DOUGLAS GRAVESLehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announces a $500,000 grant that will benefit the RIIC. He is accompanied by state senators Pat Browne, R-16th and Lisa Boscola, D-18th.

REGIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATION CENTER

Friday, November 29, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Local News

RIIC grant for Lehigh County District Attorney

With a $500,000 state grant Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin will be able to fund software support, maintenance and development costs for the Regional Intelligence and Investigation Center.

“I am very grateful to all of these legislators for the funding they have provided for the RIIC,” Martin said. “It represents their acknowledgment and understanding of the important work being done there and how it enhances public safety for the citizens of our entire region.”

The $501,500 award goes to Lehigh County, but approximately $275,000 will pass through to offset RIIC operating expenses borne by Northampton County. Lehigh County will get $225,000.

“Since its inception, the RIIC has been an indispensable asset to our region’s ability to fight crime, apprehend criminals and protect the public,” state Sen. Pat Browne. R-16th, said. “The coordination of vital information between different law enforcement entities is essential to ensure public safety, pursue lead and solve crimes.”

“Enhancing public safety and ensuring our local law enforcement personnel have access to the best possible tools to keep our communities safe has always been one of my greatest priorities as a legislator,” state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, said. She praised the “bi-partisan effort” that helped secure the grant.

The RIIC has over 1,200 law enforcement users of its software and services and aggregates about six million local police incidents, arrests and records of persons. It also has county jail data from both Lehigh and Northampton counties.

Martin made the announcement in Allentown recently and was accompanied by a contingent of lawmakers who Martin credited with helping secure the funding, including Browne, Boscola and state Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th and state Representatives Gary Day, R-187th, Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, Steve Samuelson, D-135th, Mike Schlossberg, D-132nd, Peter Schweyer, D-22nd and Justin Simmons, R-131st.

Other officials attending Martin’s announcement included Bethlehem Mayor Bob Donchez, Bethlehem Police Department’s Capt. Michelle Kott, Lehigh County Executive Philips Armstrong, Lehigh County Commissioners Geoff Brace and Brad Osborne, Catasauqua Police Chief Douglas Kish and RIIC Director Julia Kocis.