(PITTSBURGH, PA), May 27, 2022 – After 29 years with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chief Scott Schubert is announcing his retirement from the force.
“Following deep reflection and significant discussion with my family, I have come to the decision that it is time to step away from the Chief’s position and allow one of my brothers or sisters in blue the opportunity to serve this great city and this storied institution. There has been no greater professional or personal joy than to have represented the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police," said Schubert.
Over his nearly three decades in public service, he rose through the ranks from Patrolman to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Assistant Chief, and Acting Chief before being promoted to Chief of Police in February 2017.
"Being a police officer is truly the only profession I have ever wanted to pursue, but not just any police officer. From the time I was a young child I knew that I only ever wanted to be a Pittsburgh Police officer. I watched my father wear this iconic badge and patch each and every day and I knew I would follow in his footsteps. I have never regretted that decision for one moment. To serve alongside such dedicated and professional officers who continuously put their lives on the line for total strangers will always leave me awestruck. To put on this uniform every morning still fills me with such intense pride, but it's been the opportunity to work with our officers and the community to create a more equitable, safe, and inclusive City of Pittsburgh that has been my greatest passion and motivating force as Chief,” he added.
During his tenure as Chief, Schubert spearheaded the implementation of the pillars of former President Obama's Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing, the most important of which is to build trust and legitimacy in the community. By establishing a Pittsburgh Police Community Engagement Office, Community Resource and Neighborhood Resource officers created and participated in a number of community engagement-related activities in schools, churches, and neighborhoods that helped build and foster positive relationships between officers and the communities they serve. Schubert created a partnership with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins to build relationships with inner-city children and youth. These partnerships have impacted hundreds of lives and continue to expand each year.
Chief Schubert is extremely proud of his work and relationships with Special Olympics, 412 Boxing, The Hear Foundation, and the OneCOP (One Congregation, One Precinct), to name just a few initiatives.
Back in 2016, when Schubert was serving as Acting Chief of Police, the Bureau received a Community Policing Commendation from the U.S. Justice Department for its innovative community outreach efforts in Pittsburgh.
"My goal has always been to continue implementing the tenets of President Obama's Report on 21st Century Policing, building and improving on those principles year after year. One of the programs I'm most proud of, which has grown out of the National Initiative, is the creation of Group Violence Intervention (GVI). GVI is a partnership between law enforcement, social services and the faith community to mediate and interrupt violence to keep it from spreading. The Bureau has wholly embraced GVI for its emphasis on preventing crime. As the entire country has fallen victim to increased violence over the past two years, I'm confident that the PBP's GVI approach will continue to be the most successful and holistic answer to reducing violence in the long term," said Schubert.
Among the many accomplishments during his time as Chief of Police, Schubert led efforts to:
- create a Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) to promote increased safety by utilizing crime-solving technology
- fully adopt the use of Body Worn Cameras for all officers in a concerted effort to increase transparency and accountability
- establish the Office of Strategy, Accountability, and Resiliency (OSAR) responsible for incubating, fostering, and implementing Pittsburgh Police initiatives; advancing the strategic mission of the Chief of Police by supporting short-, mid- and long-term goals, while continuously auditing established protocols and procedures to promote economy, efficiency, diversity, accountability and accreditation in the face of external challenges, and adhering to best practices in policy and procedural review and development.
- partner with the US Attorney’s Office - Western PA District, to establish a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) unit within the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. This multijurisdictional unit allowed the PBP to redeploy its focus from street impact, to strategic investigations that identify and disrupt drug trafficking and gun violence at the highest levels.
- establish a Civil Affairs Unit to ensure well-trained, experienced and compassionalt police officers serving as liaisons with activists and other stakeholders before, during and after first amendment-protected activities to increase communication, situational awareness and community trust.
- make all Pittsburgh Police policies and procedures readily available on the City of Pittsburgh website
- publish an extensive Annual Report with detailed crime statistics, arrest information and a demographic breakdown of the Bureau of Police to create one of the most comprehensive annual police reports of its kind in Western Pennsylvania
- strengthen ties and increase information-sharing/cooperation with both federal and local law enforcement partners.
- enter into an agreement with the Allegheny County Police Department to ensure an independent law enforcement agency investigate all Pittsburgh Police officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths.
He is also a long-standing member of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the national ATF Crime Gun Intelligence Governance Board.
Schubert's final day as Police Chief is Friday, July 1, 2022.
Deputy Chief Tom Stangrecki will serve as Acting Chief until a new Chief is named.
Schubert is looking forward to new opportunities to merge his public safety skills with his passion for working with the community.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the City of Pittsburgh thank him for his tireless and dedicated service to keeping residents safe, creating numerous community partnerships, and documenting the beauty of his beloved city of Pittsburgh through his photography along the way.
Good luck Scott!