04/05/2010

Pittsburgh police implement changes year after tragedy

New police weapons, Allegheny 911 dispatch system aimed at safety

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police wasted precious minutes waiting for two accurate, long-range rifles to arrive before they could match the firepower of a gunman who killed three of their comrades and injured a fourth.

Almost a year after the deadly Stanton Heights shooting, police have purchased 46 assault-style service rifles and plan to buy up to 50 more by year's end, and 911 officials are poised to begin using a $10 million emergency dispatching system.

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