PITTSBURGH, Pa. (June 5, 2019) -- The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has placed new Pride decals on patrol vehicles for the month of June to show support for Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community.
The decals are part of the Bureau’s ongoing work with the National Initiative and is in line with the task force Report on 21st Century Policing.
"The Pride decals as well as the other decals we proudly display on our vehicles throughout the year symbolize our focus on inclusiveness, community police work and building bridges with everyone in the City of Pittsburgh," Police Chief Scott Schubert said. "We know that Pittsburgh is Stronger Together, and that means inclusion of every community and community member."
Beyond the decals, the Bureau has a certified Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression trainer who developed a LGBTQIA+ curriculum as part of the Crisis Intervention Team training. The trainer has presented at state and national conferences on this topic. It is mandatory that all members of the Bureau go through LGBTQIA+ training.
“Relationships can only be built at the speed of trust,” Commander Eric Holmes said. “Our decal program is yet another example of how we are working to build a bridge to the communities we serve.”
The City of Pittsburgh and PBP believe the decals play an important role in celebrating diversity and inclusion. The Bureau scored 100% on the Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign. https://bit.ly/2KqRQzx
Pittsburgh Pride Celebrations will be held June 7-9 in areas throughout Downtown and the North Side.
Expect road closures, including:
June 6 (at 8 p.m.) to June 10 (at 6 a.m.)
Ft. Duquesne Boulevard between 7th Street and the 10th Street Bypass
8th Street between Penn Avenue and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard
Garrison Place between Ft. Duquesne Boulevard and French Street
Maddock Place between Penn Avenue Ft. Duquesne Boulevard
9th Street between Ft. Duquesne Boulevard and French Street
9th Street between French Street and Penn Avenue
French Street between 9th Street and Garrison Place (West bound traffic only)
June 7 (at 8 p.m.) to June 10 (at 6 a.m.)
Andy Warhol Bridge between Isabella Street and Ft. Duquesne Boulevard
June 8 (6 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
Isabella Street at Sandusky Street
Vulcan Way between East General Robinson Street and Isabella Street
June 9 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Boulevard of the Allies between Grant Street and Commonwealth Place
First Ave between Boulevard of the Allies and Smithfield Street
Grant Street between Boulevard of the Allies and 6th Street
Fifth Avenue between Penn Avenue and Grant Street
Liberty Avenue between Fifth Avenue and Stanwix Street
Wood Street between Third Avenue and First Avenue
Smithfield Street between Oliver Avenue and First Avenue
Cherry Way between Oliver Avenue and First Avenue
McMasters Way between Market Square and Fifth Avenue
Court Place between Ross Street and Grant Street