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 Chair: Carol Ballance
Meetings: 4th Thursday of every month, 7:00-8:30 PM, Wesley AME Zion Church
(Check the calendar for changes)
Are you looking for an opportunity to better your understanding of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police? Have you ever wondered how police officers are trained to serve our communities? If either of these questions have ever crossed your mind, participating in the Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy may be the perfect opportunity for you.read more
The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network condemns the heinous and hateful acts that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. These events are just another reminder of the depth of the racism that continues to plague our nation– a plague from which no one is immune.read more
Started under Chief McLay, the Pittsburgh Police has worked to address procedural justice through training all of its officers and workshops with the community. Join PIIN’s Public Safety Task Force for one of these workshops on March 23rd, from 6-9pm.read more
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
The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (of which I am a member) has been working to ensure violent confrontations between the police and residents of this city are things of the past. A hopeful sign has been a move by the Pittsburgh police department to add new modules to the training and retraining of its officers. The modules are: “Procedural Justice,” “Implicit Bias” and “Racial Reconciliation.” The first two have been implemented and the third is soon to follow.
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.