The Allegheny County district attorney's office has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company organized by the former Pittsburgh police chief and four of his subordinates and is examining at least four other side businesses operated by Pittsburgh police officers.
Mike Manko, spokesman for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr., said the office is focusing on whether the organizers require a valid private detective license for the work they are doing and, if so, whether they have obtained one.
People need to obtain a private detective license when the work they are doing requires them to work with "intelligence information" or "investigative information" as defined under the state law.
Mr. Manko said the district attorney's office sent a cease-and-desist letter to Diverse Public Safety Consultants last month -- shortly after the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette first reported that former police Chief Nate Harper, Cmdr. Eric Holmes, Sgt. Barry Budd, Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford and civilian Tamara Davis organized the business in 2012.
Warner Macklin III, a spokesman for Officer Montgomery-Ford and Ms. Davis, said he was not aware of such a letter.
Mr. Manko said the district attorney's office has also learned of four other businesses operated by Pittsburgh police officers. He said the head of security at Highmark alerted the office to Kincaid Security LLC, a company connected to Zone 5 Sgt. Charles Henderson that provides security services to Highmark.
Investigators also plan to review Evans Polygraph Services Inc., run by homicide detective Scott Evans; L&N Security Services LLC, run by officer Martin Link; and Pittsburgh Collision and Reconstructive Services Inc., run by Sgt. Daniel Connolly, who oversees the bureau's accident investigations.
Sgt. Connolly said he consulted with the city solicitor's office before opening his business and is working with the district attorney's office to "make sure I did everything right."