In an effort to address the recent wave of violence sweeping the City, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and Chief of Police Nate Harper announced the launch of several new initiatives to go head to head with crime.
"The Chief and I have had enough," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "We're tired of the shootings and we know the community is too. It's time to take back our Neighborhoods. Our community - religious and political leaders, educational institutions, neighborhood organizations, business owners and the citizens of Pittsburgh - must all rise up together and say 'No More. Not in our streets. Not in our backyards.' "
The Mayor's plan includes eight initiatives:
Beginning Wednesday, the City will introduce Beat Cops. The officers assigned to foot patrol will make daily contact with business owners, document activities and conduct regular follow-ups. K9 Officers will also participate in these patrols. The Beat Officers will now carry pagers so that business owners may contact them. In addition, the bureau is increasing bike officer patrols, which will now include parking garages and lots.
"The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police realizes the importance of foot patrols in neighborhoods, especially neighborhood business districts," said the Mayor. "This increased police visibility is designed to complement the ongoing park and walks."
"This neighborhood business district initiative is in response to information gathered by the Police department and input provided by the community," said the Mayor. "I am 100 percent committed to providing the resources to make this happen."
Added Chief Harper, "In addition, we will beef up our police presence in high crime areas and saturate the neighborhoods with bike patrol. In order to stop the cycle of violence, we must eliminate the target."
"The Citizen Observer program, currently operating in Zone One, will be expanded city-wide within in the next few weeks, and we are working diligently to strengthen the Adopt a Block program," said the Chief.
"In order for these initiatives to be successful, the community must get involved," said the Mayor. "We encourage anyone witnessing criminal activity to report it by calling the anonymous tip line - 311."
"There is a lot of good work being done out there, but we need to speak with a unified voice and avoid duplication of efforts," said the Mayor. "Our goal is to pull everyone in under one umbrella, and utilize best practices."
"We are looking at what is working in other cities and will apply those best practices to our community."
"There are many ideas we are discussing, but to be successful, we must all join forces," said the Mayor. "We will not let crime control our communities. This is a call to action. We are all in this together."
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687