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Respect walked the beat with her as

the Assistant Chief of Investigations

for the Pittsburgh Police Department

When I first had the opportunity to interview the Assistant Chief of Investigations for the city of Pittsburgh, Maurita Bryant demeanor was that of solid professionalism, a high degree of class, and a firm air of calm that permeated the headquarters of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.

The next opportunity to sit with the recently retired chief occurred in a different environment.  Although not in her office setting, she was definitely in her own territory, which covers the streets of the city in which she was born, raised, and forged a remarkable career.  The chief said she has a deep love for the sidewalks of her city and the people who live and/or work within its boundaries. Her calm, in-charge professionalism remained intact, but I found her to be relaxed and engaging with a relatable sense of humor.  Having spent just over 39 years in the bureau, Bryant’s exit does not detract from her love for the steel city.  Though not officially retired until May, her last day in the office was March 4.

At a time when the bureau was under a federal consent decree, the young mother, who was struggling to raise two daughters, was already aware that a confining 9 to 5 office position was not her forte.

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