Regarding the Sept. 2 editorial “Policing the Parks: Fitzgerald Has a Smart Plan to Begin Using Rangers:”
First, thank you to the PG for recognizing the public safety and financial benefits of redeploying Allegheny County police officers who are stationed in the parks to more critical details. However, either the PG or the county executive, or both, should have credited the individual who not only came up with the idea but also zealously advocated for the change for some time: District Attorney Stephen Zappala.
In a similar vein, Mr. Zappala has also advocated for better use of technology and increased partnerships between county police and local law enforcement.
In meetings that I have personally attended, he has offered common-sense approaches to the problems that plague the many cash-strapped municipalities in Allegheny County that struggle to provide public safety. I appreciate the district attorney’s willingness to challenge our government to consider new and innovate ways of doing things and to advance the cause of regional law enforcement.
I hope that the county council and the executive will continue to take his suggestions on these topics to heart. There are many ways in which our county can take such steps to improve its delivery of services, assist local governments and save taxpayers money.
The writer is solicitor for the office of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner.