HARRISBURG PA – A state agency that aids crime victims has praised the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department for what it described as an “extra effort” in handling requests for information on a timely basis.
The Pennsylvania Victims Compensation Assistance Program recently sent a letter to Police Chief Michael Foltz, thanking him for the department’s prompt responses to requests for police records of crimes in which victims ask for financial compensation.
During 2014, Manager Jeffrey Blystone wrote, the program he oversees for the state Commission on Crime and Delinquency sought 4,582 records from 536 police departments. Only 58 percent of the departments contacted supplied records in an average of 15 or fewer days; Lower Pottsgrove was among them, he reported.
The prompt follow-up expedited “the process of getting much-needed financial assistance to crime victims and their families,” according to Blystone, making “an enormous difference in their lives.”
Last year the program reported it paid more than $12.5 million to more than 9,000 victims in awards approved under the state Crime Victims Act.