Update: Jan. 10, 11 a.m.
Pittsburgh City Council voted 8-0 on Tuesday morning to send 13 police officers and two police supervisors to the inauguration of Donald Trump. Read more below.
Pittsburgh plans to send more than a dozen members of its police department to D.C. to assist with the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.
Pittsburgh City Council preliminarily approved an agreement Wednesday that would allow the Public Safety Department to send 13 officers and two supervisors (a commander and a sergeant) to D.C. between Jan. 18 and Jan. 21 at the request of the Metropolitan Police Department. You can read the legislation here.
Cmdr. Ed Trapp will supervise and accompany the contingent, he told council during its standing committee meeting this morning. Those officers will be stationed along the parade route, Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. All expenses will be reimbursed by the D.C. government, federal government or both, according to the bill.
D.C.’s police department asked for 20-some Pittsburgh officers, according to acting Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert, and the city decided to send 13. Between 50 and 60 officers volunteered to serve at the inauguration, Schubert said.
Hissrich told council he believes the Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed Trump during the election, supports sending officers to D.C.
Councilman Dan Gilman supported the agreement, but voiced concerns about potential incidents involving Pittsburgh’s officers while they are out of the city’s control.
“It’s our officers. It’s our department. It’s our badge. It’s our reputation that gets put on the line,” he said.
Trapp said he reviewed D.C. police policies and found them to be in line with Pittsburgh’s.
“I’m not going to let our officers get into something that violates our principles and policies,” he said.
The request is similar to one from Cleveland for this summer’s Republican National Convention. Both Hissirch and Schubert told council that Pittsburgh has made a similar requests of other cities to assist with events like the G20 Summit in 2009.
As Pittsburgh continues to grow, Schubert said, the city will have to continue to ask other cities for police assistance for events like, say, the Super Bowl.
Hopefully, the acting chief added, that will happen.