Peduto wants to hire city police race relations head

New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, left, answers questions during a news conference after being introduced by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
New Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay, left, answers questions during a news conference after being introduced by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, right, on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and a coalition of civic leaders and activists are hoping the city will hire a public safety community affairs manager to improve relations between police and the Black community.
Peduto was flanked by public safety brass, including new police Chief Cameron McLay, and various community leaders when he announced the Safer Together Pittsburgh initiative Tuesday.
A key to the program will be the $74,000-a-year manager whose job will be to work with a steering committee of city officials, religious groups, the Citizen Police Review Board, legal experts and others.
Peduto says many community groups are already working to solve the problems of crime and how to improve police relations but says this “formalizes the process. It puts a person in charge.”

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