Burgess submits bills to help Pittsburgh police-community relations

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Want to tell the city about your encounter with a Pittsburgh police officer?

Soon, there may be an app for that.

Pittsburgh City Councilman Ricky Burgess introduced a bill today to develop a smart phone application that will allow residents to report on their interactions with all city employees. Mr. Burgess believes the program will increase transparency and feedback so the city's departments can more readily "correct mistakes."

"We have to provide, I believe, better customer service," he said.

The legislation was part of a package of bills introduced today by Mr. Burgess aimed at improving community-police relations. The first was a bill for a $150,000 police training program called the Unleashing Respect Project, which would train officers to "unconditionally respect" all people, including lawbreakers. Another bill would implement a $29,000 Dignity and Respect Campaign among city employees through a program created by UPMC. A fourth bill would allocate the Citizen Police Review Board $20,000 for a Police-Community Relations Summit.

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Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com, 412-263-2533 or on Twitter @MoriahBee.


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