Public Safety Task Force
The Public Safety task force exists to develop and build relationships that promote equity and justice while providing for the safety and protection of life and property. We’re committed to developing relationships both inside and outside of our task force that encourage mutual respect for each other.
We have been working with representatives of the police to address racism, reduce violence, and increase equity in how police resources are used for the protection of our communities.
Task Force Chairs: Elder Darlene Figgs & Pat Troell
Meetings: 4th Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30 PM, Bidwell Presbyterian Church
(Check the calendar for changes)
PIIN’s Public Safety Task Force recently sent a strong message to Senators Casey and Toomey, as well as Representatives Doyle and Rothfus that Pennsylvanians’ public safety should not be endangered by a federally-mandated concealed carry reciprocity bill.read more
In response to Police Chief Cameron McLay’s resignation, and in support of the important work he did to bridge the divide between the police and the community, the leaders of our Public Safety Task Force wrote a guest column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.read more
In the wake of the unspeakable violence that has shaken our nation throughout the summer months, PIIN gathered for a community hearing to begin a much needed and deeper conversation about inequity and racism in our city.read more
On February 26th, PIIN convened a public hearing with Police Chief Cameron McLay to discuss effecting measurable improvements in public safety in Pittsburgh.read more
When Mayor Bill Peduto hired former police Chief Cameron McLay two years ago, it had been just a couple of short months since the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City. Across the nation, people were waking up to the reality that people of color are more than twice as likely to be shot by police than whites. Many were finally questioning how police officers operate in communities of color and the disparate treatment to which people of color are subjected.
Last Thursday, Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay did something extraordinary at St. James AME Church. Speaking before a gathering of faith leaders assembled by the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, Chief McLay spoke with the honesty and bluntness that has characterized his nearly two-year stint in Pittsburgh.
Police-community relations were further discussed Thursday at a separate gathering at St. James AME Church. The Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network, or PIIN, invited faith leaders, law enforcement and community members to share their experiences, with a response from Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay.
In response to the police shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Dallas, faith leaders from around the country are starting a dialogue about racial disparities and what it means to be a person of color in America. We’ll hear more on the community conversation from Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network President Reverend Rodney Lyde and Reverend Dave Swanson.