Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Allegheny legislators unveil policing reform package

Following the shooting of 17 year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. by an East Pittsburgh police officer in June, western Pennsylvania legislators vowed to come back with steps to reduce police violence.

Today, three months later, Pittsburgh House and Senate Democrats unveiled a slate of measures to reform law enforcement training practices, police oversight, and improve mental health counseling and cultural awareness in an effort to head off rising tensions between residents and police. 
Thursday, September 13, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

Wetzel talks prison lock down, K2 and more

The PLS Reporter sat down with Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel on Thursday to talk about recent turmoil in state prisons thought to be connected to synthetic drugs.

Last Wednesday all correctional facilities in Pennsylvania were placed on an indefinite lock down after multiple staff fell sick due to an unknown substance.

Thursday, September 6, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
VIDEO: Tuesday sees focus on firearm laws and public safety

VIDEO: Tuesday sees focus on firearm laws and public safety

Tuesday was a gun-focused day in Harrisburg, with several gun-related press conferences or rallies going on in the Capitol, while House Judiciary Committee hearing held at Harrisburg University revolved around firearm laws and public safety.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
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
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