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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

[PA] Pittsburgh police are not tracking allegations of officer-involved domestic violence

Pittsburgh police fail to comply with law in tracking officer-involved domestic violence
Pittsburgh police are not tracking allegations of officer-involved domestic violence in the manner required by city law, more than a decade after city officials reformed the way such allegations were handled. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is required to keep two electronic databases that detail officer-involved domestic violence incidents and protection-from-abuse orders, according to a policy passed into city law in 2007 as part of a wider reform of the bureau’s reporting system. But following inquiries from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the wake of a recent case involving an officer charged in a domestic dispute, city officials said Wednesday that no such databases exist. Mayor Bill Peduto on Monday ordered the police department to create the electronic databases by the end of the week... In a response to an open-records request and appeal filed with the state Office of Open Records by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Deputy Chief Thomas Stangrecki said in a letter dated Wednesday that he could not find any electronic databases and could locate only a printed Excel file that was last updated in 2014... [Full article here]
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