The Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board is deeply saddened by the news of Alma’s passing but grateful for the legacy she left our city. Executive Director Elizabeth C. Pittinger remembered Alma Fox at the beginning of yesterday’s board meeting, crediting her as one of her mentors. “Alma will never go away. Her immortality is embedded in our community—in what we can do now that we couldn’t do before Alma. Her wisdom is embedded in our worldview and guides our daily work toward equality and justice. She is always near. She’s beside us unseen—but never unheard. She is loved. She is missed. She is forever dear. She is resting in peace and power.”
The Pittsburgh Point of View blog is for the presentation of original, thoughtful, and constructive proposals that promote community well-being and trust between the community and police. Our first guest writer, Chuck Bosetti is a former police officer and freelance writer who examines socio-political influence in policing. Bosetti discusses a community/police partnership model of community support, Neighborhood Response Teams (NRTs). “Neighborhood Response Teams have been successful in other cities for many years. I recommended the approach to the Chief of Police and other community and elected leaders in 2011. The concept was well-received but never implemented.”
Following a final vote on July 21, 2020, the Allegheny County Board of Elections will be adding a referendum question for qualified voters of the City of Pittsburgh to the 2020 November General Election ballot. The question seeks to expand the powers of the Independent Citizen Police Review Board to require police officers to participate in investigations, conducting performance audits of the Police Bureau, and preventing the removal of Board members except for just cause and with City Council approval.
Passed: July 21, 1010: “Shall the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter, Article Two, Executive, be amended and supplemented by amending and adding new language to Sections 229 and 230 and adding a new Section, 231, expanding the powers of the Independent Citizen Police Review Board to allow the Board to require police officers to participate in investigations, conducting performance audits of the Police Bureau and preventing the removal of Board members except for just cause and with City Council approval?”
As Tennyson observed, God’s finger touched him, and he slept. BUT his slumber began as another inhumane, senseless and cowardly act of violence. We have lost a young man who selflessly embraced the community, our City, with fierce courage and compassion. Now, his dreams lay beneath our feet as we anxiously await news of yet another senseless act of violence that will forever change another family. It must stop. We have a shared responsibility to keep each other and our police safe, as they too are important to their families & children.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Council of the City of Pittsburgh does hereby recognize, congratulate, and humbly thank Elizabeth Pittinger for her more than 20 years of dedicated service with the Commission on Human Relations, allowing us to pull on her wisdom, knowledge and experience for the betterment of the Commission and the people of Pittsburgh. We wish her peace, prosperity and good success throughout her life.
The Honorable Bill Peduto will be inaugurated as the 59th Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh on January 6, 2014. The Mayor-elect has established eight transition teams, each charged with devising recommendations designed to enhance the functioning of City government. During this transition time, the Independent Citizen Police Review Board invites you to leave comments specific to improving relations between the community and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. Your comments and suggestions will help us compile recommendations for the Mayor-elect, assist with our planning of a summit on Community/Police relations and generally provide the CPRB with advice.
The Independent Citizen Police Review Board in the City of Pittsburgh, PA, was established by a referendum amendment to the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter on May 20, 1997. Since the inaugural Board convened in December 1997, the Independent Citizen Police Review Board has promoted responsible citizenship and professional law enforcement through mutual accountability. This site is intended to be a resource for people interested in relations between civilians and police, contemporary issues related to law enforcement and the operations of the Pittsburgh Independent Citizen Police Review Board. Please have a look around and let us know how we can improve.