City Police Bureau Wins Accreditation

By Harding, Margaret | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, April 4, 2014 | Go to article overview

City Police Bureau Wins Accreditation


Harding, Margaret, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police earned state accreditation this week, more than a year after a federal investigation into the department halted the process.

"The feeling of the commission was that the Pittsburgh police had done a great job," said Dane Merryman, executive director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, which oversees the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. "The things that happened there weren't functional problems in the department."

The commission voted on Wednesday to award accreditation for the first time to Pittsburgh. The department's policies comply with 132 best-practice standards set by the commission, Merryman said.

Pittsburgh began working toward accreditation in November 2008 and is the largest department in the state to receive accreditation, Deputy Chief Paul Donaldson said. The department has more than 850 officers.

"It is an honor for us," Donaldson said. "It is a verification that we are a professional agency."

City code requires the police chief to attain and maintain accreditation, and a resolution that council passed in 2010 urged the department to obtain accreditation.

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