Pittsburgh Police Chief Says Making Policies Public Will Benefit Citizen And Officers
The public can now access hundreds of pages of Pittsburgh police policies in a database on the city website. Chief Scott Schubert says it's an exercise in bureau transparency and hopes it will foster trust with the community.
Newly available materials include rules governing financial accountability, use of force, interactions with police that involve serious injury or death and more. Schubert says the bureau shared everything it legally could; best practices around motor vehicle pursuit are still protected by state law and can’t be made public, and others reflect redacted portions to protect sensitive information. For most, he says it’s the first time these policies have been public, even in print.
Schubert says the bureau is considering a community advisory board to look at new policies and updates to existing ones. The site housing bureau policies doesn’t currently allow for feedback, but Schubert says he’s open to that. For now, he suggests people contact the police via email or at their main website.
Bureau spokesperson Chris Togneri says some policies may appear unavailable due to initial technical issues. Once they've been corrected, he says, those policies will be available again.
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90.5 WESA's Mick Stinelli contributed to this program.
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