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Mission Statement

“Our mandate is the continued protection and enhancement of our diverse neighborhoods by working in partnership with our citizens to creatively solve problems always remaining sensitive to the authority with which we’re entrusted. It is our challenge to provide committed service through accountability, integrity and respect.”

Values

"We believe in the value and worth of all members of the Bureau of Police. We believe our integrity is not negotiable. We believe we are individually accountable for upholding the values of the organization. We believe we can best earn respect by first respecting the rights of others. We believe in striving to achieve the highest moral, ethical and professional standards. We will adapt to the changing future by maintaining partnerships built upon accountability, integrity and respect."

The City of Pittsburgh has a focused commitment to equality and diversity. This commitment is an assurance of equal access to information and opportunity regardless of race, color, gender, age, or national origin.

Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

The City of Pittsburgh actively practices diversity recruitment in an effort to engage the community and to encourage them to join us in a rewarding career at the City of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh, located in the center of Allegheny County where the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers meet to form the Ohio River, was incorporated as a borough by an act dated April 22, 1794, the same year as the Whiskey Rebellion. The act provided for the election of two Burgesses, a High Constable, and a Town Clerk. We, in the Bureau of Police, trace our roots to Samuel Morrison, the first High Constable for the Borough of Pittsburgh. In March 18, 1816, Pittsburgh was formally incorporated as a city. Under this charter, the Mayor of Pittsburgh was elected by the council and was given the authority to appoint the High Constable and four City Constables. These constables were enjoined to preserve the peace, arrest all disorderly persons, and attend court, the market, and Councils. This was a daytime duty in which the Constables were paid by event rather than by salary. The Mayor was also given the power to appoint a night watch consisting of a Superintendent and twelve watchmen. The duties of the watchmen included the care of the oil, wick and utensils belonging to the city and the prevention of murders, robberies and other disorders.

Loss of tax revenues due to a depression in the City’s manufacturing and commerce enterprises caused the discontinuation of the night watch in April 1817. It was reestablished on March 26, 1836 by an act that authorized one Captain of the Watch, two Lieutenants of the Watch and sixteen watchmen for the purpose of establishing a system of police to secure the City’s citizens and their property. During this period, the constables continued to perform daylight duties on a non-salary basis. In December 1857, an ordinance was adopted that established a day-salaried police department consisting of one chief and not more than nine constables. On January 27, 1868, the dual system of day and night police was abolished and the present system was created. In 1868, the force was authorized not more than 100 women and men, one as the Chief of Police, one as Captain, and not more than eight as Lieutenants. Today, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is authorized 900 sworn law enforcement officers who proudly serve its 300,000+ residents.In 1915, Pittsburgh Police Officers Martin Toole and Delbert Nagle, with the support of Mayor Joseph G. Armstrong, organized Fort Pitt Lodge #1, the founding lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, to address police labor issues.

In 1873, the Police Badge was designed and officially adopted by the City of Pittsburgh. The PBP badge is very unique in design and meaning.

Hover over the "Crest", "Shield", "Photo" and "Garter" to view pop-ups with historical information.

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  • The crest is from the Coat-of-Arms of William Pitt the 1st Earl of Chatham, The English gentleman for whom Pittsburgh is named.
  • The garter around the badge is from the most Noble Order of the Garter, the senior British Order of Chivalry founded by King Edward III in 1348.
  • The shield is a circular fighting shield used by 15th century Greek foot soldiers. During the 16th and 17th centuries, the circular shield was used extensively in the British Isles, hence its appearance in Pittsburgh.
  • Color photo of the City of Pittsburgh.

The Pittsburgh Police Badge with its distinctive design and history is worn with great pride by the men and women of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

Provided by: Pittsburgh Geographical Information Systems (GIS)