Governor Ed Rendell today presented Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and the City of Pittsburgh with two million dollars from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to hire an additional 40 salaried police officers to conduct street patrol in high crime areas. Governor Rendell and Mayor Ravenstahl announced that the City of Pittsburgh's application for the Police on Patrol grant had been accepted on September 19.
"This grant demonstrates the importance of an open and positive relationship between the City and those who represent us in Harrisburg," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "Public safety is extremely important to me, and the City of Pittsburgh is blessed to have the support of the governor on this critical issue."
The Police on Patrol Program provides up to two million dollars a year for three years for a total of six million dollars. This money will be used to hire forty additional police officers who will be deployed for street patrol in the city’s most crime ridden police zones. The City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police provides police coverage out of five zones, each of which has a police station.
In addition to directly reducing crime through an increased police presence at the street level, the officers hired through the Police on Patrol Program will be preventative as well due to the relationships the officers will build with the communities in which they are deployed.
Sixty-one homicides occurred in the City of Pittsburgh in 2005; 53 of the homicides were committed with firearms. This program will work to directly reduce the number of violent crimes committed in the City of Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687