Our Mission

On behalf of the men and women who are members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, welcome to the website of one of the safest cities in America.

The City of Pittsburgh was incorporated in 1816 when the population was 9,000. In 1857 an ordinance was adopted that established the police department for Pittsburgh to consist of one chief and not more than nine constables. Today, the Bureau of Police is comprised of approximately 900 sworn law enforcement officers who proudly serve the residents and visitors of Pittsburgh.

Our city has been recognized with numerous distinctions in the past but the one we are most proud of is that Pittsburgh has a strong tradition of being one of the safest cities in the United States. Our crime rates have been consistently low during the past decade and we continually strive to make the streets of our diverse neighborhoods even safer.

We place tremendous value on the relationships our officers have built in the communities they serve. Members of the Bureau of Police are intricately involved in improving public safety as our officers participate in numerous community and public safety meetings, neighborhood councils, and activities involving children and adults alike. We believe these partnerships and the professionalism of our officers and civilian staff members contribute greatly to the safe environment enjoyed by those who live in, work in and visit our great city.