MAHONING TWP. – Township supervisors on Monday approved the purchase of $2,918 in breaking equipment and door rams that police may have in the event of a school shooting.
The township will purchase the equipment from KPI Tactical, which Police Chief Fred Dyroff said is a Lancaster-based supplier. He said the company would deliver the products and support them if there were any issues.
Dyroff said he also applied for a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to fund equipment such as ballistic shields, ballistic helmets and other tools and equipment. He said the equipment would cost $9,000 more.
The chief said there were more than 300 active shooter incidents (those with three or more victims) in 2022, including the Buffalo, New York, Mall, Uvalde Elementary School, Taxes, and Highland Park, Illinois, pulling off an Independence Day Parade.
“Looking at the equipment needs of this department and reading the reports of the shortcomings of the Uvalde massacre, it is evident that our department needs vital equipment in every police vehicle,” Dyroff read in his report. “Although we have some of this equipment on station, it is not in every patrol vehicle. If an officer has to respond directly to a mass shooting, which he will, he won’t have time to return to the station and grab it.
He said if the department does not receive the grant, he would like to ask supervisors for approval to purchase the shields and helmets.
Supervisors also approved an ordinance to encourage proper building practices in flood-prone areas to minimize flood damage. The ordinance will require the person or company planning construction or development in the township to obtain a permit from the floodplain administrator.
Violators could face a fine of $25 to $600, plus court costs.
Township attorney Jonathan DeWald said the ordinance allows floodplain developers to purchase flood insurance.
The Township will hold Dumpster Day this Saturday, 8-11 a.m., at the Danville Soccer Complex, East Market Street Danville.
Residents are asked to enter from the west end of the lot, next to the sewage treatment plant. Only one vehicle or trailer is allowed per household. Proof of residence is required. The township also reserves the right to refuse any item and asks residents to help unload their items, if possible.
More information is available at www.mahoningtownship.org.