PITTSBURGH, PA, (June 14, 2021) -- Community and Neighborhood Resource officers with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Community Engagement Office (CEO) continue fanning out across the City each week. Officers meet with community members, hear concerns and ideas on how to minimize crime and violence, and form vital relationships with children and youth.
Unfortunately many of the planned walks and events were postponed due to more inclement weather than usual, but officers met with as many community members as possible during the week of June 7 to June 13.
The weekly Chess with Cops meet-ups in Market Square are still going strong. In fact, the event's popularity has even reached out-of-state chess aficionados. This past Tuesday, the Seguin family traveled from Charlotte, NC, not only to visit relatives in Shadyside, but also so their daughter Sydney, age 7 and son Baxter, age 5, could play chess with officers. Turns out, much to Officer Washington's surprise, that Baxter is a bit of a prodigy.
Wednesday was a ribbon-cutting ceremony Officer Shifren attended to open a new dek hockey rink in Lincoln Place. Generous support from the Pittsburgh Penguins helped make the rink a reality. Also on Wednesday, CEO officers participated in a Stop the Violence prayer vigil at Lighthouse Cathedral with Reverend Porter. This event was hosted by South Pittsburgh Coalition for Peace.
And finally, thanks to a collaboration between Community Engagement officers and members of the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation, some big improvements are planned for the Shiloh Parklet on Shiloh Street.
The Community Engagement Office welcomes all suggestions and opportunities to meet with its officers. Please email Sergeant Tiffany Kline-Costa for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org