Monday, February 23, 2009

City Police Pressured to Seek Accreditation

The Pittsburgh Police Bureau could face legal action unless it pursues accreditation. The city's Citizen Police Review Board is discussing the matter at its meeting tomorrow night.

The CPRB says accreditation would give the public confidence that the bureau is adhering to state or national standards. CPRB Executive Director Beth Pittinger says gaining accreditation would essentially continue best practices that were established following a 1997 consent decree. That decree was put in place following the death of motorist Jonny Gammage during a traffic stop.

Pittinger says accreditation is required under the city code. The CPRB has been pushing for it publicly for about a year. The CPRB may seek a writ of mandamus from Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to compel the bureau to seek accreditation.

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