ADVISORY: Regatta Security Update

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 2, 2018) – Pittsburgh Public Safety and several partner law enforcement agencies will cooperate closely this weekend to ensure a safe experience for all at the EQT Three Rivers Regatta.

“The Regatta is a highlight event of the summer in Pittsburgh, and we will work diligently to ensure everyone has a happy and safe experience,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. “That means we will again have a zero-tolerance policy for any type of disorderly conduct, any type of fighting, public intoxication, underage drinking, or any type of violence.”

Tens of thousands of people are expected to gather in Point State Park and along the city’s rivers for boat races, concerts, fireworks and other festivities.

For those entering the Point, be aware that officers and security staff will establish security checks at park entryways, and perform bag checks and random screenings of visitors for weapons. Prohibited items in the park include, but are not limited to: Alcohol, drones, grills, laser pointers and any type of illegal weapon, explosive or ammunition.

“We encourage the public that if you see something suspicious, please say something,” Hissrich said. “There will plenty of law enforcement out there in uniform and in plain clothes.”

Pittsburgh EMS and Fire, State Park Rangers and Mounted Units from the city, county and state will be present. Multiple agencies will assist, including Allegheny County Police, the County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Port Authority.

The Coast Guard will enforce no docking and no transit regulations during certain events from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. For a full list of events and additional information, go to

Temperatures are expected to be well above average with high humidity and heat indexes. In such weather, it is important to limit alcohol intake and drink plenty of water.

During the last large event at the Point, the Fourth of July fireworks show, Police made seven arrests: Four people for disorderly conduct (fighting), two people for a domestic dispute, and one person for illegally carrying, setting off and throwing fireworks at people Downtown. As a reminder, fireworks are not allowed in the park, and city law prohibits the use of any fireworks, even those that are legal, within 150 feet of a structure.




Chris Togneri
Public Information Officer
Public Safety