PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Downtown Pittsburgh has become a popular entertainment destination.
From the Cultural District to Market Square, shows and restaurants are often packed, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. But the rise in entertainment has also brought a rise in crime.
However, police are trying to reverse that trend with something new.
“We will have a police mini-station downtown this year,” Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said. “The station will allow officers to have a place downtown where they can gather; and, if necessary, police can meet and talk to people.”
The Downtown police station became a high priority after an upsurge in juvenile violence last year in the business district.
As it stands now, if additional police are needed for an incident in the Downtown area, they are brought in from one or more of the city’s police zones.
The Pittsburgh Public Safety Director had said previously any Downtown police sub-station would likely be manned up to 16 hours a day.
The so-called “Lantern Building” on Liberty Avenue appears to be a likely location to house the mini-police station.