Community Safety

Erie County government is committed to keeping our families, neighborhoods and communities safe, through the work of several departments. Various initiatives are designed to enhance emergency response, support first responders, educate teh public, and protect residents from public health emergencies.

Next Generation Public Radio Project

One of the most notable public safety initiatives in the county’s history, the Next Generation Public Safety Radio Project united emergency communications onto one platform, helping to increase efficiency and improve response times. Previously, various police, fire and EMS agencies in the area used a patchwork system of emergency dispatch communications, which prevented some from talking directly to each other – even if they were responding to the same emergency scene.

The project was undertaken through the county’s Department of Public Safety. It represents the fulfillment of a campaign promise from County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, and was possible with the support of County Council. The project was fully implemented in September 2019.

Emergency Preparedness

Erie County’s Emergency Management team works to educate residents on preparedness they can and should take to be ready for an emergency. Learn more about how to prepare your family for natural disasters or other emergencies from Erie County Emergency Management or from the Pennsylvania Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Restaurant Inspections

The Erie County Department of Health ensures the safety of residents by requiring licensing and annual inspections of any facility – including restaurants, stores and schools – that sell unpackaged food. The list of inspection results, including any critical or noncritical violations, is updated weekly.

Beach Testing

Erie County government, through the Department of Health, works to protect residents and pets who use our beaches and swim in our waters. The department participates in sampling of water at recreational sites at Presque Isle State Park and Freeport Beach in North East, accompanied by any necessary swimming restrictions. During the swimming season, the results are updated daily on an online map.