Pitcairn chief urges council to update police policies |

Pitcairn chief urges council to update police policies

Pitcairn’s police chief is asking borough council to approve proposed policies he said will ensure the department stays up to date with changing times.

Chief Scott Farally said during a council work session Monday that he plans to submit department policies to council that detail procedures for storing and preserving evidence, responding to active shooters and implementing crowd-control measures in the event the borough faces civil unrest.

He said he plans to submit the policies to council for approval during the regular meeting on Monday.

Farally said he wants to make sure his officers have clear guidelines that would help them perform their duties.

Farally likened the new policies and procedures to workplace policies on social-media use.

Once unheard-of, guidelines for social-media are now a fixture of office workplaces.

“The Constitution’s been the same, but the laws have changed on restrictions of movement and passageways, therefore I do think we need a policy in effect for civil unrest and crowd control,” Farally said.

He said the same is true of the policy for responding to an active shooter.

Jack Bova, chairman of council’s safety committee, said the new policies could help the department to keep pace.

“We’ve had terrific chiefs and police in the past, but the details of updating policies is hard drudgery work, and that didn’t always get done in a timely fashion,” Bova said. “So this just reflects that.”

In other action

Council members plan to solicit input from residents on how to address concerns about safety in the borough playgrounds.

Resident Lisa Petrosky told council members she was concerned about the safety of equipment in the playgrounds on Broadway Boulevard and near the borough building, in upper Pitcairn.

She said she thought the latter needed to be taken down to protect the public.

Councilwoman Dona Galia said she plans to start forming a committee of residents to explore ways to address the concerns Petrosky raised.

Gideon Bradshaw is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412- 871-2369 or [email protected].

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