PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Police union members are taking an online survey of confidence about Chief Cameron McLay.
Voting is happening on the Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1 website. Voting has been active since last Saturday and will be open until Sept. 12.
The local president says the vote is a symbolic gesture about what the membership believes.
Upon his return from speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, McLay responded to criticism from the Fraternal Order of Police Union that appearance was inappropriate and may have violated policy.
“There was no endorsing of any candidate. There was no endorsing of any particular objective,” McLay said. “I was simply getting the truth out of what needs to be said about what meaningful police reform needs to look like in this country on a much broader scale.”
The City Code says in part: “No officer or employee of the police department shall campaign for a candidate while on duty, or while wearing a uniform. Nor, may he or she identify himself or herself as an employee of the police department.”
Mayor Bill Peduto’s Office says McLay has now asked the Office of Municipal Investigations and the independent Citizen Police Review Board to investigate the appearance to, using the chief’s words, “ensure the integrity of his accountability system, that the rules were being evenly applied.”
According to the union president, members requested the confidence or no confidence vote, although it does not have any official ramifications.
Their next meeting will be held on Sept. 15.