“In sum, we found that the prerequisite educational qualification for application to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police does not function to exclude otherwise qualified men and women of all races and ethnicity.
We are concerned however, that the cumulative effect of the screening process appears to exclude a significant number of non-white applicants, particularly women.
An expanded and creative recruitment program must be integrated into the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police as a critical primary and continuous function of the Bureau.
We hope that the observations and recommendations offered in this report are helpful to you and those charged with recruiting and managing the men and women of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.
We are convinced that the reliability and quality of public safety in this City is directly correlated to the preparedness and wellness of our police officers. Keeping the peace amid the turmoil of contemporary society is no easy task and is one that must be entrusted only to the best-qualified, best-trained and healthiest law enforcement professionals.”