Report lists two Centre Co. municipalities as 100 safest in nation

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State College, Pa-Two Centre County municipalities have made the list of the 100 safest municipalities in America.

WTAJ looked into the report and spoke with leaders from one municipality to hear how they earned a spot on the list.

Every year, “safewise” releases a list of the 100 safest municipalities in the country. The list is based on data each municipality must report to the FBI.

The 2019 “safewise” list included Patton Township at number 65. Township officials say this is their first time appearing inside the top 100 on this list.

“We’ve made other lists of nice places to live, but I think this might be our first on the safety list,” said Doug Ericson, Manager of Patton Township.

Township officials say their appearance on the list highlights a downward trend in overall crime. Patton Township Police Chief Tyler Jolley says its a product of new efforts and technology.

“Proactive community policing. We recently did implement body worn cameras as well…. for trust with the public that we serve,” said Chief Jolley.

Those township police serve seemed excited about the results as well.

“Naturally since I live here, I’m pleased about it,” said 15-year Patton Township resident John Knedler.

Knedler added: “It’s a good spot to raise a family…a lot of reitree’s are coming here.”

Many in the Centre Region attribute this to police efforts.

“I think that in this area we truly do have some of the best educated, best trained officers,” said Chief Jolley.

Ferguson Township was also on the same top 100 list at number 93.

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