PITTSBURGH, PA (July 16, 2021) – For Community Resource and Neighborhood Resource officers with the Community Engagement Office, (CEO), it was another week filled with activities, walks, interviews, and events.
On Monday, officers visited with Hope 4 Tomorrow and Voices Against Violence summer camps where they played various games outdoors and tried homemade ice cream crafted by the children and youth.
At noon on Tuesday, the weekly Chess with Cops event in Market Square piqued the interest of a family visiting from Russia. They shared that they were surprised and impressed to see police officers interacting with community members in such a friendly, positive manner. One family member, Vladmir, took advantage of the opportunity and played an impromptu game with Officer Shifren.
Also on Tuesday, officers walked in the Hill District with an emphasis on Perry Street. They stopped by Embroidery Vector Solutions on Centre Avenue to speak with the business owner, Doug, and take a photo with him.
On Wednesday, Officer Butch read to children at Summer Storytime in the Park, while Pittsburgh Police comfort dog Zane did the entertaining. Join Officer Maggio next Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Ormsby Park when he reads the book, Lion Lessons.
Also on Wednesday, KDKA's Kym Gable interviewed CEO Sergeant Tiffany Kline-Costa and Lillie Leonardi about Leonardi's Books Bridge Hope/ Box of Goodness partnership with Pittsburgh Police. The initiative aims to deliver essential items to Pittsburgh's unsheltered community. CEO officers keep the boxes in their vehicles to hand out to those who need them.
On Thursday, officers joined acting Zone 2 Commander Matt Lackner at 7th Street and Penn Avenue Downtown to address concerns about ongoing drug use and overdoses in Katz Plaza. They spoke with an area security guard and residents about possible solutions, and also walked the surrounding streets speaking with business owners.
While at Katz Plaza, officers met Andrew and his Mother who were visiting the City from Mars, PA. Officer Payton deputized Andrew with a sticker recognizing him as a "Junior Police Officer," while Officer Maggio donned his sunglasses just like Andrew so they could pose for a photo together.
And finally, on Friday CEO officers will accompany Hope 4 Tomorrow summer camp teens on a college and workforce development-centered field trip, the first of four such trips planned for them this summer.