David Harris Named to Committee Helping to Choose Next Police Chief
Pitt Law Professor David Harris has been named to the 10-member screening committee that will help to choose Pittsburgh’s next chief of police.
Invited to participate by City of Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Stephen A. Bucar, Harris and the other members of the screening committee will attend six community meetings, to be held in each of the city’s police zones, and screen all applicants for the position prior to candidate interviews.
"I think it's the most important appointment Mayor Peduto and Director Bucar will make, and it's a crucial chance to change the relationship between the police department and the African American community in our city," Harris said. "Having a strong relationship in which the police department and the African American community trust each other, and work as partners, is absolutely critical for improving public safety."
The series of six community meetings, intended to gather information on the qualities and experience Pittsburgh neighborhood communities would like in the city’s next chief of police, kicks off Thursday, June 26 in Zone 2 at 6 p.m. in Lawrenceville at the Teamsters Local 249 (also known as the Teamster's Temple) at 4701 Butler Street.
The screening committee is independent and members serve on a strictly voluntary basis. A full list of committee members can be found here.