PITTSBURGH, PA, (July 9, 2021) – Community Resource and Neighborhood Resource officers with the Community Engagement Office (CEO) kicked off the shortened week on Tuesday with a visit to Yeshiva Girls School in Squirrel Hill. The children had a great time exploring Officer Rosato’s cruiser.
Also on Tuesday, it was the ever-growing Chess with Cops event in Market Square Downtown. Even the 90-plus degree heat and high humidity couldn’t keep the regular players away, while officers also welcomed some new faces.
On Wednesday, Sergeant Tiffany Kline-Costa was the first of the CEO officers to read to children in what will be a weekly Citiparks and Public Safety event; Summer Storytime in the Park in Ormsby Park on the South Side. It runs until August 11, weather permitting. Next week, Officer Victoria Butch will be reading and Police comfort dog Zane will be along for the ride.
Also on Wednesday, Officers Washington, Bradford, Maggio and Blair braved the heat to walk, play, and then find some much-needed shade with the kids from the Hope 4 Tomorrow day camp in Windgap, while Zone 1 CROs spent time with youth at both John Morrow School and Manchester Academy School summer camps.
On Thursday, CEO officers engaged with people during the Market Square Farmer’s Market Downtown and visited with children and youth at the Ozanam summer sports league on the North Side.
Community Engagement welcomed two young people from the Learn and Earn program who will spend the summer months learning about police, community and police interactions, and how to engage communities in public safety.
And finally, on the Fourth of July, and into the early hours on Monday, the Community Engagement Office CROs and NROs partnered with the Group Violence Intervention team and Mad Dads to help promote a sense of security and safety in the Downtown corridor during Independence Day events.