Manual of Procedural Orders

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All policies are issued and signed by the Chief of Police. The policies have been put in place to ensure ethical and professional conduct on the part of the men and women of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police; to ensure equitable and constitutional enforcement of law; and to ensure that all members are dedicated to the principles of Procedural Justice:

Voice         Neutrality         Respect         Trustworthiness 

Our proud participation in the National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice has solidified our long-held belief that our legitimacy as law enforcement is contingent upon many factors, including transparency. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police believes strongly in being transparent. Transparency fosters trust.

To achieve transparency, we believe that it is important that we provide the public with the opportunity to review our policies with regards to how your Police Officers may interact with the community.

Police work is unpredictable. There is no all-encompassing formula for dealing with every facet of human behavior or situation that law enforcement encounters on a daily basis. The Manual of Procedural Orders establish guidelines for the performance expected by all members of the Police Bureau. It is my belief that with these guidelines, our officer’s training and our desire to serve the public trust, we will professionally serve all residents and visitors to our wonderful city.

Regarding policy redactions:

Listed below are the reasons some policies may feature redactions:

  1. Confidential or internal phone numbers, emails, and web addresses used by members of the Police Bureau.
  2. Sensitive information that may compromise the safety of citizens, crime victims, and/or members of the Police Bureau; specific information in regards to weaponry, tactics, and/or response methods that could compromise the safe and expeditious manner in which the Bureau may address ongoing investigations.  
  3. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the City of Pittsburgh and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1, personnel matters regarding discipline.

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10-01 Code of Ethics 20-01 No Discrimination No Harassment No Retaliation Policy and Reporting Procedures 30-01 Operation of Bureau of Police Vehicles General Regulations 40-01 Roll Call 50-01 Handling of Person(s) in Custody General Regulations 61-01 Written Directives 70-01 Recruit Training
11-01 Mission Statement 20-02 Employee Gender Identity and Expression 30-02 Collisions Involving Police Vehicles 40-02 Reporting Off Duty Unfinished Business at End of Tour 50-03 Prisoners Admitted to Hospitals 64-01 Written Correspondence 70-02 Field Training of Probationary Officers
11-02 Core Values 20-03 Grievance Procedure for Filing Complaints-of Alleged Employment Discrimination 30-03 Police Vehicle Collision Review Board 40-04 Motor Vehicle Stops 51-01 Justice Network JNET 65-01 Media Policy 70-03 Training General Regulations
11-03 Unbiased Policing 20-05 Selection Administrative Practices and Procedures 30-04 Transportation of Persons with Disabilities Wheelchair Van 40-05 Motor Vehicle Pursuit 52-01 Warrants Summons Application 66-01 Radio Communications General Regulations 70-04 Firearms Training
12-01 Function and Authority of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police 20-06 Selection Hiring Standards 31-01 General Uniform Regulations 40-05.01 Motor Vehicle Pursuit 53-01-Court Appearances General Regulations 66-03 Assignment of Call Signs 70-05 Request for Travel Training
12-02 General Provisions Manual of Procedural Orders 21-01 Personal Appearance of Uniformed Members of the Bureau of Police 31-03 Authorized Attire for Specialized Units 40-05.02 Foot Pursuits 66-04 Computer Aided Dispatch CAD 70-07 Authorized Attire for Members Attending Training
12-03 Oath of Office 21-02 Personal Appearance of Non-Uniformed Members of the Bureau of Police 31-04 Uniform Decorations and Adornments 40-09 Responsibilities and Utilization of Canine Officers 54-01 Traffic Citations 67-01 Telephone Reports Unit 73-02 Uniform Crime Reporting
12-06 Use of Force 22-01 Performance Evaluations 31-05 Lost Stolen Damaged Uniform Equipment Claim 40-11 Response to Calls for Assistance by EMS 55-01 Holding Cells 68-01 Electronic Communications Computer Network Policy 76-01 Right-To-Know
12-07 Discharge of Firearms and Less Lethal Weapons 22-02 Performance Assessment and Review System and the Officer Management System 31-06 Badges Identification Cards 40-12 Police Response to Domestic Violence Incidents 55-02 Temporary Holding Areas 68-02 Graffiti Tracking System  
12-08 Matrix of Control 23-03 General Health and Physical Fitness Policy 31-07 Protective Soft Body Armor 40-12.1 Police Officer Involved Domestic Violence 56-01 Civil Process 68-03 Personal Social Media Accounts  
12-09 Pepper Aerosol Restraint Spray 25-01 Retirement Resignation 32-01 Quartermaster System 40-12.2 Lethality Assessment Program   69-01 Mobile Video Audio Recording Equipment  
12-10 Critical Incidents Involving Police 25-02 Reinstatement Voluntary Break in Service 33-02 Bureau of Police Smoking Smokeless Tobacco Policy 40-14 Bicycle Patrol Unit General Regulations   69-02 Public Safety Camera System  
12-11 Critical Incident Review Board 26-01-Workers' Compensation and Transitional Duty Procedures 33-04 City Issued Cellular Phone Use Policy 40-15 Responding to Incidents Involving People with Mental Illness   69-03 Body Worn Camera and Digital Evidence Storage Systems  
12-13 TASER 26-02 Infectious Disease Contact 34-01 General Firearms & Less Lethal Regulations 40-19 Reports   69-04 ShotSpotter  
12-14 Batons Nightsticks 26-05 Psychological Service Employee Assistance Program 34-02 License to Carry Firearm Revocation Requests 40-20 Response to Interrupted Disconnected 911 Calls   69-05 Pictures Videos & Audio Recordings of Police Officers While in Public Spaces  
13-01 Organizational and Rank Structure Pittsburgh Bureau-of Police 27-01 Serious Injury or Death of a Police Officer 34-03 Retired Officers Firearm Qualifications 40-21 Police Response to Natural and or Sudden Deaths      
  28-01 Pass Days 35-01 Requests for Supplies Equipment and Repairs from Outside Vendors 40-22 Naloxone Administration Program      
14-14 Civilian Employees Duties and Responsibilities 28-02 Exchange of Pass Days Buddy System 35-02 Supply Room Requisitions 41-02 Sobriety Checkpoints General Regulations      
14-16 Police Chaplain 28-05 Sick Leave Personal Days 35-03 Infectious Disease Kits 41-03 Crash Response Investigation and Reports      
14-19 Financial Accountability 28-06 Bereavement and Funeral Leave 36-01 Evidence Procedures 41-04.01 Towing Procedures Reasons for Towing      
15-02 Command 28-10 Maternity Duty Leave of Absence 36-02 Property Room Procedures 41-04.02 Towing Procedure Temporary Holds on Vehicles      
16-01 Standards of Conduct 28-13 Leave Time to Conduct FOP Business 36-03 Barcoded Evidence Analysis Statistics and Tracking Pre-log System 41-04.03 Towing and Tow Pound Procedures Inventories      
16-02 Orders 28-15 Voluntary Bank of Leave Time for Union Related Activity 37-01 Lost Stolen Abandoned Property 41-04.04 Towing Procedures Abandoned Vehicles      
17-01 Disciplinary Action Report 29-01 Secondary Employment   42-01 Emergency Operations and the Incident Command System      
17-04 Surrender of Bureau Equipment During Suspension or Administrative Leave     42-02 Command Posts      
17-10 Drug and Alcohol Policy     42-03 Police Response at Fire scenes      
18-01 Civilian Complaint Filing Procedure     42-04 Strikes      
19-01 Commendations and Awards     42-05 Snipers Hostage Barricaded Subjects      
      42-06 Bombs Bomb Threats Explosives Post Blasts Suspicious Packages      
      42-07 Hazmat Incident Response      
      42-10 Use of Respiratory Protection Devices      
      42-11 Pittsburgh SWAT Policy and Operating Guidelines      
      42-13 Special Response Team SRT      
      43-02 Missing Person Investigations      
      43-03 Sexual Assault Investigations      
      43-06 Protective Services      
      43-10 Juvenile Policy Regulations and Procedures      
      43-10.01 Juvenile Policy Legal Mandates Regarding Child Abuse      
      43-10.02 Juvenile Policy Legal Mandates Regarding Juvenile Records Photographs and Files      
      43-10.03 Juvenile Policy Legal Mandates Regarding Custody and Detention      
      43-12 Intelligence      
      43-13 Real Time Crime Center (RTCC)      
      43-15 Fingerprinting      
      43-16 Graffiti      
      43-17 Eyewitness Identification Procedures      
      44-01 Arrests Physical Summons or Warrant      
      44-02 Arrests Summary Citations Non-Traffic      
      44-03 Arrests Electronic Citations Traffic and Non-Traffic      
      44-04 Arrests Special Situations      
      44-05 Criminal Civil Action Against Police Officers      
      44-07 Arrests DUI and Rule 519-b      
      44-09 Summary Citations Arrests      
      44-12 Arrests of Nonresident Vehicle Code Violators      
      44-13 Off-Duty Response and Arrests      
      45-01 Strip and Body Cavity Searches      
      45-02 Warrantless Search and Seizures      
      46-01 Interview and Interrogation      
      46-03 Consular Notification      
      47-01 Megan's Law      
      48-01 Crime Victim Notification      



The Manual of Procedural Orders is constantly being reviewed and are updated as needed to reflect the most current laws, ordinances, and Law Enforcement best practices. Additionally, new policy initiatives are being researched, developed, and written to reflect constantly changing nature of 21st Century Policing. The process of changing a policy may result in a delay of the most current version being available online to the public.