February 11, 2011
Professor David Harris was the lead witness in a City Council hearing on a set of legislative proposals designed to increase accountability and transparency of Pittsburgh police operations. Professor Harris helped draft the legislation with various community members, in conjunction with the staff of Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess. Professor Harris testified that real gains in public safety could come only through a genuine partnerships based on trust between police and the community, because such a partnership would bring the police information from the community that would allow them to conduct targeted, effective enforcement operations. "No trust, no relationship. No relationship, no information. No information, public safety is slow to come, if it comes at all."