U.S. Attorney Brady Recognizes the Work of Western Pennsylvania’s Federally-Deputized Task Force Officers on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
PITTSBURGH, PA – United States Attorney Scott W. Brady used Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, January 9, 2020, to show support and promote respect for law enforcement officers across the Western District of Pennsylvania and beyond.
"Today we say a loud ‘THANK YOU’ to the men and women of law enforcement, who each day go to the most dangerous parts of our communities and deal with our most violent citizens, so that we and our families can be safe," tweeted U.S. Attorney Brady. "We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never repay."
Western Pennsylvania is fortunate to have a long history of cooperative law enforcement. Our most significant investigations and prosecutions have been developed through collaboration among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. That collaboration includes state and local Task Force Officers who are deputized to perform the same functions as federal agents.
U.S. Attorney Brady said, "Task Force Officers, working in collaboration with federal agents, play a vital role in safeguarding our communities by bringing criminals to justice. Every day they work to remove the most violent offenders from our communities, including drug traffickers, illegal gun possessors, dangerous fugitives and immigration violators. Federal law enforcement could not be as effective without the willingness of state and local law enforcement agencies to assign their officers to Federal Task Forces. Simply put, they help us make our streets safer."
As the lead federal law enforcement agency in Western Pennsylvania, the U.S. Attorney’s Office works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies at all levels: city police departments, county sheriffs' departments, county prosecutors, state and federal law enforcement agencies and, on occasion, foreign law enforcement agencies and international police. Task Force Officers have worked with all of these federal partners: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Secret Service; IRS-Criminal Investigation; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Full-time Task Force Officers from the following state and local agencies are critical to our efforts to keep western Pennsylvania safe:
Pennsylvania State Police
Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole
Allegheny County Courts/Probation
Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
Allegheny County Police Department
Allegheny County Port Authority Police
Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office
Cambria County District Attorney’s Office
Cambria County Drug Task Force
Cambria County Sheriff’s Office
Erie County District Attorney’s Office
Fayette County District Attorney’s Office
Indiana County District Attorney’s Office
Indiana County Drug Task Force
Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office
Baldwin Borough Police Department
Clairton Police Department
Duquesne Police Department
Erie Police Department
Greensburg Police Department
Homestead Police Department
Indiana (Indiana County) Police Department
McKees Rocks Police Department
McKeesport Police Department
Monessen Police Department
Monroeville Police Department
Munhall Police Department
New Castle Police Department
North Strabane Police Department
North Versailles Police Department
Perryopolis Police Department
Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Richland Township (Cambria County) Police Department
Greensburg Police Department
Shaler Police Department
Stowe Township Police Department
University of Pittsburgh Police
West Homestead Police Department
West Mifflin Police Department
Wilkinsburg Police Department
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was first observed in 2015 and provides an opportunity to recognize the courage, dedication and sacrifice of the uniformed men and women who protect and serve our communities.