PITTSBURGH, PA (April 19, 2021) -- The recent surge in violent crime in the City of Pittsburgh is causing concern and even fear among some residents. Pittsburgh Police share that concern, especially as many of the victims of these crimes have been young people.
So far this year, there have been 20 homicides in the City and close to 50 non-fatal shootings, marking 80% and 90% increases respectively from the same time last year.
Pittsburgh is not alone in dealing with this, as the escalation of violent crime is currently a national phenomenon.
"Although this uptick in violence appears to be a trend across the country, this is not our city. This is not Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police will not allow this senseless loss of life to continue. Our officers will work directly with the community to get to the root cause of these crimes and stop them from occurring," Police Chief Scott Schubert said.
Police have been taking a proactive approach to address the violence in the most affected neighborhoods. Community Resource Officers (CROs) and Neighborhood Resource Officers (NROs) from the Community Engagement Office have been walking through several communities each week, speaking with residents and business owners, listening to concerns and sharing ideas about ways to make their communities safer.
Group Violence Intervention (GVI) outreach workers have also stepped up their presence. GVI is a partnership between law enforcement, outreach, social services and the faith community who mediate and interrupt violence.
"Public Safety will ensure police have the investigative tools, technology, and resources they need at this time. But, more importantly, we encourage members of the public to come forward and share their ideas, concerns, and information with police. Police can only solve crimes when everyone works together. That cooperation and collaboration is key," says Public Safety Director, Wendell Hissrich.
Anyone with information about these violent crimes is asked to call Pittsburgh Police at (412) 323-7800.