Seven Pittsburgh officers off the police candidate-interviewing panel

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Based on eligibility requirements established in a new policy, Pittsburgh officials Friday barred five police officers from screening potential recruits.

Two other officers withdrew from the screening panel, but the reason was unclear.

The moves came a week after City Council members and citizen groups raised concerns about the appropriateness of officers with tainted or questionable records interviewing potential candidates for the police academy.

Both acting Pittsburgh police Chief Regina McDonald and Public Safety Director Michael Huss declined to release the full list of officers who were either removed or stepped down from their positions as full-time or alternate members of the 10 panels set to begin interviewing candidates next week.

City officials finalized a one-page policy this week that prohibits officers from the oral exams if they have criminal charges pending, are the subject of an Office of Municipal Investigations inquiry that could result in criminal charges, have been seriously disciplined by the bureau within the past 10 years, have been arrested for domestic violence or named as a defendant in a protection-from-abuse order in the past 10 years or have been found liable in a civil suit within the past 10 years.

Training for panelists is scheduled to begin Monday and the bureau will begin interviewing Tuesday.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Jonathan D. Silver: jsilver@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1962.


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