Pittsburgh is a pilot site for the work of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, and is developing a GVI strategy.
Pittsburgh is currently in the planning phase of its GVI.
Pittsburgh is also one of the pilot sites for the work of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. The NI focuses on issues of procedural justice, implicit bias, and reconciliation with the goal of improving relationships and building trust between law enforcement and those it serves.
Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert: "[With Community policing], you get the familiarity with the officer and you build that relationship, you build that trust. It's going to help in the end by helping partner the officers with the community and hopefully reduce crime, reduce disorder and bring us together.”
Aseante Hylick, formerly of the NNSC, reflects on her experiences facilitating police-community reconciliation in cities around the US.
"The survey found that while residents of these neighborhoods are distrustful of police, they nevertheless want to cooperate and partner with police to make their communities safer. A door-to-door survey in high-crime neighborhoods of six cities found that less than a third of residents believe police respect people’s rights, but the vast majority believe laws should be strictly followed and many would volunteer their time to help police solve crimes, find suspects, and discuss crime in their neighborhood."
"Pittsburgh’s acting Police Chief Scott Schubert assured a group gathered in Larimer Wednesday night that he would follow through with former chief Cameron McLay’s vision for the force in improving community relations."CREDIT SARAH SCHNEIDER / 90.5 WESA
"During his tenure, short-lived as it was, McLay worked to alleviate racial tensions between the police force and Pittsburgh’s minority communities, made police more visible to the community and pushed for officers to undergo implicit bias and other new types of training."
"Use-of-force incidents by Pittsburgh police fell 16 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a report released Thursday, the same day Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city will join a White House effort to gather police statistics to increase accountability."
"Compared to last year, non-fatal shooting crimes were down in Pittsburgh, according to statistics released by the FBI this week...Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay detailed how community-policing strategies, such as outreach, were effective in lowering these numbers."Ryan Deto
Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McClay making a strong statement with regard to how law enforcement can and must police the communities it serves.
"Fourteen Pittsburgh Police officers trained to detect implicit bias and procedural justice interventions as part of the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice will now be tasked with passing along that information to fellow officers."
"The Tree of Hope organized an event for children who lost parents to violence to help the children grow up with a positive relationship with the police."