Pittsburgh police will no longer respond to emergencies that are not “in-progress” – you’re on your own
By Ethan Huff // Mar 15, 2024

Unless a resident is facing an "in-progress emergency," the Pittsburgh Police Department will no longer respond to 911 calls due to staffing challenges, shocking new reports indicate.

The types of 911 calls Pittsburgh police will have to ignore from now on include reports of theft, harassment and burglary alarms. Such calls will be routed to a special telephone recording unit where residents can file reports over the phone rather than in person.

Another planned cut is desk officers, which will no longer be on-site at the city's six police stations between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Also, just 20 police officers will be available total for overnight shifts covering the entire city of Pittsburgh.

According to Pittsburgh Police Chief Larry Scirotto, the changes might sound scary but residents need not worry. The city's limited resources will leave overnight shifts at a bare minimum, but daytime policing will remain the same.

"There is not any data to support us having our zones manned by personnel from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m.," Scirotto said. "For the very one-off instance, I can't make an exception."

"Data said that from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. that we had eight percent of our call volume, yet we had 33 percent of our personnel working during those periods of time."

(Related: Austin is said to similarly be falling into lawlessness after the "defund the police" movement left its police department in shambles.)

Law enforcement union worried

Despite Scirotto's reassurances, the Pittsburgh Police Officers' Union is not so sure these policy changes are a good idea. Union president Bob Swartzwelder warned that the changes could violate contract provisions resulting from overcommitment and under-resourcing.

Human knowledge is under attack! Governments and powerful corporations are using censorship to wipe out humanity's knowledge base about nutrition, herbs, self-reliance, natural immunity, food production, preparedness and much more. We are preserving human knowledge using AI technology while building the infrastructure of human freedom. Speak freely without censorship at the new decentralized, blockchain-power Brighteon.io. Explore our free, downloadable generative AI tools at Brighteon.AI. Support our efforts to build the infrastructure of human freedom by shopping at HealthRangerStore.com, featuring lab-tested, certified organic, non-GMO foods and nutritional solutions.

"The staffing plan designed by police command is a direct response to a seriously understaffed police department," Swartzwelder said in a statement. "Only time will tell if the plan works or the Chief will need to pivot and modify his plan quickly."

"The FOP will be watching carefully for any contract violations that develop especially when non-emergency events come up such as St. Patrick's Day, parades, large concerts, July 4th, etc. In short, the FOP believes that the police department is seriously over-committed and under-resourced."

Scirotto's goal is to reduce the bureau's call volume from 200,000 calls to just 50,000 calls this year.

"That allows our officers to be engaged in community in a way – now they're at the YMCA instead of sitting on the 10th Street bypass with a bike complaint," he said.

Most of the city's parking issues will be offloaded to the Pittsburgh Parking Authority to further lessen the burden on city law enforcement officers.

"When there is an event that is not in-progress, we're going to take and re-route that call to our telephone reporting unit," Scirotto further explained about the changes.

As for burglary alarms, Scirotto says that of the 9,500 burglary calls that came in last year, the vast majority of them were false alarms. Even so, the department wasted 4,000 personnel hours responding to them.

"It's not that we won't respond to alarms," Scirotto clarified.

"It's that we're going to require there to be a second verification, a second authentication factor, such as it's not just the front door, if there's interior motion, there's video, there's audio, there's glass break."

Another change is that officer scheduling will switch to 10-hour shifts four days per week, with one-hour breaks each working day to focus on mental health.

"I think the strategy at this point is a hope and a prayer that they can base everyone on data," Swartzwelder added. "It may pan out to be correct. It may be disastrous."

Sources for this article include:





Take Action:
Support NewsTarget by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NewsTarget.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.

NewsTarget.com © 2022 All Rights Reserved. All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. NewsTarget.com is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. NewsTarget.com assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published on this site. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
News Target uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.