City Council President Doug Shields has created a special committee on Police Officer Safety. The committee is to chaired by Bruce Kraus who is the chair of the Standing Committee on Public Safety. Also serving on the board are council members Jim Motznik and Bill Peduto who chair the Governmental Services Committee and Finance Committee respectively.
Shields says the committee has two primary goals, to determine if police officers need improved radio communications and the second goal is to determine if police officers are properly equipped to deal with suspects who posses automatic weapons.
The committee will work with the Public Safety Department and the Fraternal Order of Police to reach recommendations. The committee can only produce recommendations that would then be considered by the city.