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Acting City Police Chief Talks Changes, Scandal

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – With corruption charges and allegations of misspent funds, the Pittsburgh Police Department is battered.

Regina McDonald, the acting police chief, has the task of moving the department forward, and her main priority is the reputation of the force.

“When the news broke, we were all upset, some angry… embarrassed,” says McDonald. “We wanted to make sure the reputation and integrity of the bureau of police was upheld.”

KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talked to McDonald about the sweeping changes in department structure, the  investigation of overtime pay and sorting out the misspent city funds.

While Chief McDonald says her hands are tied in some ways because of the federal investigation, the things she can change, like who reports to who, are already happening.

“Because of the actions of a few people, we’re all suffering, so we wanted to move as fast as we could to start restoring the integrity of the bureau,” she said.

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