Mayor Gainey unveils anti-violence ‘Pittsburgh Plan for Peace’

Mayor Ed Gainey met with police and city officials on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday to outline his vision for violence prevention in Pittsburgh. “Today, our message to Pittsburgh residents and visitors is that public safety is the number one priority,” Gainey said. At a press conference outside a community center in the Beltzhoover neighborhood, he unveiled the ‘Pittsburgh Plan for Peace,’ his commitment to a public health approach to preventing violence . He said the effort would be guided by six goals and objectives, including commitments to a public health model, community partnerships, trauma-informed community services, community policing, community development, and both “creating a learning environment and governance with data”. As noted, the public health model aims to use resources to care for and assist victims and survivors. While the plan talks about community partnerships. Gainey said it does not replace or conflict with law enforcement. strategies,” Gainey said. In fact, the mayor described targeting certain people and places for strict enforcement. “We know that in our city there are about 200 people in groups of eight to ten in a few dozen locations that cause violent crime. that we’re going through,” Gainey said. “It involves a short-term focus on a specific location where violent crime is concentrated and prioritizes street-level deterrence and apprehension of repeat offenders in those areas.” Gainey’s plan will expand what the city calls crisis response teams, pairing police officers with workers in unmarked police vehicles. The plan says social workers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics can become first responders when the situation doesn’t require an armed officer. officers and the community work together to see safe communities,” the mayor said. “Our plan for peace won’t produce results overnight. Because it’s going to take all of us. You’ve heard me say before, it’s taking all of us. These are our children, this is our city,” he said. said Gainey. The mayor says the effort will be driven by data, analyzing and acting on the results the data shows the plan is bringing. Councilman Reverend Ricky Burgess told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh: ‘This is a comprehensive and coordinated public health approach that has both the mayor’s commitment and the necessary resources. to put all the elements in place. You have the right policing model, you have the right community partners, you provide the right services and the goal of community transformation for development. is working with a consulting firm to analyze Pittsburgh police staffing levels.

Mayor Ed Gainey met with police and city officials on National Gun Violence Awareness Day on Friday to outline his vision for violence prevention in Pittsburgh.

“Today, our message to Pittsburgh residents and visitors is that public safety is the number one priority,” Gainey said.

At a press conference outside a community center in the Beltzhoover neighborhood, he unveiled the ‘Pittsburgh Plan for Peace,’ his commitment to a public health approach to preventing violence .

He said the effort would be guided by six goals and objectives, including commitments to a public health model, community partnerships, trauma-informed community services, community policing, community development, and both “create a learning environment and govern with data”.

As stated, the public health model aims to use resources to care for and help victims and survivors.

While the plan talks about community partnerships. Gainey said it does not replace or conflict with law enforcement.

“A public health approach to eliminating violence does not replace – or conflict with – law enforcement. Let me be clear with this. Creating safety for all requires a range of strategies” , Gainey said.

In fact, the mayor described targeting certain people and places for strict enforcement.

“We know that in our city there are about 200 people in groups of eight to 10 in about 20 locations that are driving the violent crime that we experience,” Gainey said. “This involves focusing in the short term on a specific location where violent crime is concentrated and prioritizing street-level deterrence and apprehension of repeat offenders in those areas.”

Gainey’s plan will expand what the city calls crisis response teams, pairing police officers with social workers in unmarked police vehicles. The plan says social workers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics can become first responders when the situation doesn’t require an armed officer.

The Gainey Plan also continues Pittsburgh’s existing Group Violence Response Unit, Community Partnership Outreach and Community Policing.

“It’s only when our officers and our community work together that we see safe communities,” the mayor said. “Our plan for peace won’t produce results overnight. Because it’s going to take all of us. You’ve heard me say before, it’s taking all of us. These are our children, this is our city,” he said. said Gainey.

The mayor says the effort will be driven by data, analyzing and acting on the results the data shows the plan is bringing.

“I am committed to this. I am committed to public safety and I am committed to ensuring that we work together to achieve this.”

Council member Reverend Ricky Burgess told Action News 4 of Pittsburgh: ‘This is a comprehensive, coordinated public health approach that benefits from both the mayor’s commitment and the resources needed to put all the pieces in place. You have the right policing model, you have the right community partners, you deliver the right services and the goal of community transformation for development.”

Gainey creates a “Stop the Violence Community Grant Program” to help organizations working on the issue.

Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt said the city is working with a consulting firm to analyze Pittsburgh police staffing levels.

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