PITTSBURGH, PA – In light of today’s vote of no confidence by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1, Chief Cameron McLay has issued the following statement:
“Any time a police chief attempts significant changes to an organization’s approach to policing, cultural resistance and pushback are normal and inevitable. I fully expected such resistance when I came here. Facing confidence votes is simply one of the realities faced by major city police chiefs today.
No-confidence votes only have such meaning as assigned to them by government officials. I cannot control any of this.
The best metaphor is a car in a skid; you don’t look in the direction the car is sliding, you look and steer where you want the car to go.
I am focusing on keeping the Police Bureau moving in the same positive direction we have been heading. I am focusing on how to best meet the needs of my members and prepare them to meet the high standards of accountability placed upon them. It is our collective responsibility to serve this community well.
I have great confidence in the hard-working officers who serve this community well every single day, and they will always be the focus of my efforts.”