State Of Pittsburgh Policing? ‘Abysmal’ Staffing, Union Tells City Council

Pittsburgh City Council called in top leaders from Mayor Ed Gainey’s administration and the police union for a public meeting to talk about the “state of policing.” Police union officials are making it clear that they consider city police staffing levels are “abysmal.”

“Right now, there is absolutely no way you can have a St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a marathon or any other event in this city without improving your staffing levels — unless the city plans to violate the current collective bargaining agreement, which puts us in front of the labor board and grievance arbitration regularly,” Robert Swartzwelder, president of Pittsburgh’s Fraternal Order of Police, told the city council.

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