PITTSBURGH-- Police departments across Pennsylvania must use a database to track complaints and misconduct allegations against officers. It is an effort to prevent problem officers from moving from department to department.
The database went live on Wednesday, as dictated by a law Gov. Tom Wolf signed last year. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro championed the measure after the 2020 murder of George Floyd and cases like Antwon Rose II in Western Pennsylvania. Shapiro launched the database while holding a news conference in Pittsburgh.
“Police and community agree that officers with a pattern of misconduct do not make our community safer,” Shapiro said. “They should not be allowed to go from department to department, and misconduct records need to follow those officers.”
All police departments in the state must participate in the database and input information on performance and disciplinary actions. The data will become part of required background checks when hiring officers.