(PITTSBURGH) Feb. 18, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the selection of Steven M. Toprani, former Washington County District Attorney, to lead the City’s independent review of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police policies and procedures as they relate to officers who hold other jobs or own businesses not regulated by the Police Bureau. Mr. Toprani will begin work immediately reviewing current police policies and procedures as they relate to governing officers who “work outside of work”. Mr. Toprani will then make recommendations to reform those policies.
“Our goal is to implement clear-cut policies that reform if, how and when officers can conduct other work or business outside of their capacities as officers. We must ensure that the primary focus of every officer is keeping our neighborhoods safe,” Ravenstahl said. "As a highly respected former district attorney, Mr. Toprani has conducted numerous internal investigations and understands not only the letter of the law, but best practices when it comes to implementing measures to improve transparency and accountability. I look forward to his work and have directed our law department to work closely with him to ensure a comprehensive, thorough and expeditious review. Once his findings and recommendations are complete, my office will make them available to the public.”
Mr. Toprani currently serves as counsel with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl. He recently served as the District Attorney for Washington County, and during that time handled multiple cases related to improving police policies and procedures. His work as District Attorney included: organizing a county Chiefs of Police Association to establish uniform police procedures and improve interdepartmental communication; prosecuting police officers for crimes such as public corruption; and investigating police officers for potential conflicts of interest in private employment. In addition, Mr. Toprani advised municipal police chiefs on policies and created specialized investigation units that established policies and procedures for employee conduct.
Prior to serving as District Attorney, Mr. Toprani worked in private practice and served as assistant counsel in Governor Rendell’s Office of General Counsel, where he aided the Department of Public Welfare.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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