Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Pittsburgh launches program to build trust between immigrants and first responders

Earlier this year, Pittsburgh Assistant Public Safety Director Shatara Murphy recalled talking to two children of immigrants that reminded her why so many newcomers to the city might hesitate to dial 911.

At a community meeting, one child asked Murphy if she could stop police from mistreating her mom because of her poor English. The other asked how many people could fit in a fire truck — worrying that it would come and take her and her family away from their homes.

“We understand there is an inherent mistrust of public safety officials in the immigrant community, and it is purely from a lack of understanding,” Murphy said.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: Pittsburgh
Proposed Pittsburgh budget avoids tax increases for third year in a row

Proposed Pittsburgh budget avoids tax increases for third year in a row

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and the Office of Management and Budget submitted a $555 million operating budget and $105 million capital spending plan for 2018 to the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority Friday.

The proposed budget holds the line on tax increases for the third consecutive year and provides a boost to public safety and transportation spending. 

Friday, September 22, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh City Council extends gunshot-detection software with talks of expansion

Pittsburgh City Council extends gunshot-detection software with talks of expansion

The Public Safety Committee of Pittsburgh City Council voted out a piece of legislation Wednesday that would provide an additional $135,000 to continue the city’s subscription with a gunshot-detection hardware and software company, for a total of $464,000.

ShotSpotter, Inc, located in Newark, California, has been working with Pittsburgh since 2013 to install its equipment and operate its system, which uses sensors to pick up sounds of gunfire and report those incidents to the police.
Thursday, December 8, 2016/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

E-911 fee amount remains at issue as reauthorization deadline looms

The law mandating the current $1.00 fee on certain telecommunications devices used to fund county 911 services is set to expire on June 30, but as the Senate turns to consider a recently passed House reauthorization plan, the new fee amount remains at issue.

In House Bill 911, which passed the House in early May, the fee is increased to $1.65.

At a Senate hearing on the legislation Tuesday, government agencies and stakeholders all expressed some level of dissatisfaction with the proposed amount.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
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