Pittsburgh Police Address Staff Shortages by Implementing Overnight Closure of Dispatch Offices from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. Daily

Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Police is addressing staffing shortages by opting not to have any officers stationed in dispatch offices from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. every day.

According to a report by The Daily Mail, Pittsburgh Police Chief Larry Scirotto announced the reduction last month, stating, “Data revealed that between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m., we experienced only 8% of our call volume, while 33% of our personnel were on duty during those hours.”

Scirotto’s choice coincides with the decline of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to a mere 740 officers.

In late February, Breitbart News highlighted that Scirotto explicitly stated officers would not be dispatched to 911 calls unless they reported ongoing emergencies, regardless of the time they were received.

11 News highlighted that Scirotto’s declaration effectively implies that reports of criminal mischief, theft, harassment, and burglary alarms, among others, will now be directed to the telephone reporting unit or online reporting system.

Despite criticism of the reductions, Scirotto remains steadfast in his decision.

According to American Military News, Scirotto stated, “There is no data to justify staffing our zones between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m… I cannot make an exception for the occasional instance.”