City adding beat cops to all six police zones
For many years Pittsburgh's business districts have called for the return of "beat cops," officers that walk the district, know the businesses and provide for a safe shopping experience.
With the support of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police (PBP) has answered the call to re-establish the proactive police presence. Chief Harper has assigned four "beat cops" to each of the city's six police zones. Zone commanders will assign the officers to business districts based on community need and crime data analysis.
The city wrapped up the year with record crime lows, marking it the safest year in the City in 40 years.
"We continue to see a drop in crimes that might impact shoppers, such as theft and disorderly conduct," Mayor Ravenstahl said. "We hope to continue to drive down those numbers by keeping more police on the street, in your neighborhood, and working with better technology than ever before."
With the addition of more community-oriented policing techniques, neighborhoods will take more of a part in making 2008 even safer.