Senator Bob Mensch and Representative Justin Simmons Host Town Hall Event on Local Police Issue

Harrisburg –  Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and Representative Justin Simmons (R-131) hosted a town hall meeting on Monday, September 19 at the Upper Perkiomen High School for residents and business owners of East Greenville Borough and Pennsburg Borough.

The purpose of the town hall was to allow the Borough residents and business owners to voice their concerns regarding East Greenville Borough’s recent decision to withdraw from the Upper Perkiomen Police District.  The event drew over 360 attendees.

Twenty-six individuals from the communities spoke and all identified their desire to keep East Greenville Borough in the Upper Perkiomen Police District. The comments were recorded by a stenographer and captured by a videographer.

“This decision regarding the Upper Perkiomen Police District is a serious matter that has many residents concerned,” said Mensch.  “After hearing the many positive comments, I will be supporting the residents’ efforts to keep East Greenville Borough in the Upper Perkiomen Police District.”

“In light of the security concerns around our country right now and after hearing the outcry from my constituents last night, I will be supporting the residents’ efforts to keep East Greenville Borough in the Upper Perkiomen Police District,” said Simmons.  “Several constituents with health issues whose doors I have knocked on in the past year came up to me in tears at the town hall last night. They informed me that keeping East Greenville Borough in the Upper Perkiomen Police District is literally the difference between life and death for them.  I cannot in good conscience turn my back on them.”

Representative Simmons and Senator Mensch will provide Pennsburg Borough and East Greenville Borough with a copy of the comments and video of the town hall.

“It will be up to the Boroughs to decide whether they want to respond to the transcribed comments and video,” said Mensch.  “The boroughs have jurisdiction over this matter.  They control the budget necessary to fund UPPD. We cannot fix what has been done but we can highlight what their constituents want.”

CONTACT: Sarah Rasmussen srasmussen@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388