City creates Public Safety Support Trust Fund


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Gage Goulding, Assistant News Editor

PITTSBURGH — The City of Pittsburgh announced on Wednesday that it has created the Public Safety Support Trust Fund.

With the authorization of the city controller, the City Council of Pittsburgh created the fund that will hold monetary donations in support of the Public Safety Department, said the city in a press release.

The creation of the fund comes in wake of the mass shooting at a synagogue in Squirrel Hill. On Oct. 27, 46-year-old Robert Bowers allegedly shot 11 people and injured six more, including four police officers, at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Public Safety director Wendell Hissrich states, “I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support and gratitude extended to this department by residents and people from all over the nation. City Council’s unanimous decision to create a fund to support the efforts of first responders will go a long way in the delivery of quality public safety services for our residents. This city deserves our best.”

The money that is collected in the fund will be used to cover expenses associated with training officers and for the purchase of new equipment, according to a press release.