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We briefly interrupt Comet Transit Week to bring you this breaking news:
Last year, Pittsburgh police Chief Nathan E. Harper became part of a private security consulting firm with a civilian police clerk and three of his officers, including a sergeant he later promoted to commander. (Silver, Navratil & Lord)
Despite the arrangement's legality and its lack of any specific inhibitory policy at the Dept. of Public Safety, this behavior by a Chief plainly can encourage distracted decision-making and negative effects on workforce environments. So far, so unfortunate. But against a backdrop of guilty pleas by Bureau underlings and "former friends" associated with Mr. Harper's life partner, it finishes an unwholesome portrait. Ms. Pittinger's description is valid: messy and unethical.
Pittsburgh police entrepreneurs: Eric Holmes worked two jobs, and HQ crew appears tied to firm that did biz with dept post-gazette.com/stories/local/…
— Rich Lord (@richelord) February 9, 2013
Right on schedule, we see one result of "unacceptable" yet nonetheless tolerated examples at the top depressing the standards in and maybe even the performance of public safety. How can the Chief be expected stand up for the need for City officers to focus on their excruciatingly difficult day jobs, when he himself engages in mixing agendas?