Statement from Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and Police Chief Scott Schubert on Changes to Incident Command During Protests

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 21, 2020) -- The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is implementing changes to incident command during the ongoing protests in the City. 

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and Police Chief Scott Schubert will continue working closely with the Mayor’s Office to help institute these changes in a manner that will keep citizens safe and contribute to the improvement of police-community relations in the City of Pittsburgh. 

“To the men and women of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, we appreciate the tireless hard work and dedication you demonstrate each and every day, especially under extremely challenging circumstances. We will do everything in our power to provide you with the leadership you need and deserve during this time,” said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich. 

“Our officers are as skilled with adapting to change as they are with serving and protecting the people of Pittsburgh day in and day out, without hesitation and without question. Their expertise and involvement will be instrumental to ensuring these changes will result in a safer, more inclusive, and more compassionate Pittsburgh,” said Police Chief Scott Schubert.  

Pittsburgh Public Safety fully supports the inalienable rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of speech afforded to all Americans under the First Amendment. It will continue do so. 




Cara Cruz
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety