Jul. 14, 2022

HARRISBURG – To further investigate the drastic increase in crime in Philadelphia, Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams//Cumberland) was appointed by House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) to the newly established House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order. 

Ecker joins Reps. John Lawrence (R-Chester), who will chair the committee; Amen Brown (D-Philadelphia); Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia); and Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) on the bipartisan committee.

“I look forward to serving on this committee as its members start a factfinding mission to combat the rapid increase in crime in the state’s most populated city,” Ecker said. “The results the committee will come to remains unknown. I am going into this important assignment with an open mind with the single goal of improving the quality of life for all Philadelphians.” 
The Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order will investigate every aspect of law enforcement in Philadelphia, including prosecution, sentencing, the rights of crime victims and the city’s use of funding intended for law enforcement. 

The committee is the result of House Resolution 216, which Ecker co-sponsored and was recently passed the House with bipartisan support. The resolution directs committee members to review how well public officials empowered to enforce the law in Philadelphia are performing, including the district attorney.

Philadelphia has seen an increase in crime, including a record homicide rate last year, of late. Current trends suggest 2022 could set another murder record.
The committee will work throughout the summer and present its report, which will include recommendations, to the full House in the fall.

Representative Torren Ecker
193rd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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