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Rockey Picks Up Endorsements From Law Enforcement Unions For Allegheny County Executive

Joe Rockey

Republican nominee for Allegheny County Executive Joe Rockey received the endorsement of three unions representing 3,500 members of law enforcement in Allegheny County and highlighted his commitment to public safety by unveiling a five-point plan to bolster law enforcement and reduce crime.

Rockey will face Democrat Sara Innamorato in the general election to replace term-limited Rich Fitzgerald on November 7.

“There is no question that people in Allegheny County feel less safe given the current level of crime and public disorder, particularly in Pittsburgh’s Downtown and South Side,” said Robert Swartzwelder, President of Fort Pitt FOP Lodge No. 1.

“Joe Rockey is the only candidate who has put forward a plan to confront this problem, and he is the only candidate in the race who is seen as unambiguously pro-law enforcement. Joe is the only candidate who’ll give us the tools we need to make Allegheny County safe.”

Among the police unions endorsing Rockey during a press conference at FOP headquarters in West Homestead:

  • Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 1, representing the City of Pittsburgh’s 1,800 active and retired police officers.
  • FOP Lodge 91, representing more than 100 municipal police departments in Allegheny County, comprising 1,300 active and retired law enforcement officers.
  • Allegheny County Prison Employees Independent union, representing the county’s 400 correctional officers.

 

Matthew Feldmeier, endorsement chairman for FOP Lodge 91, said his union’s endorsement was unanimous.

“Joe Rockey is the only candidate in the race who has been clear and unambiguous in his support for law enforcement and in having an actual plan for public safety in Allegheny County,” Feldmeier said.

“As a candidate, I am grateful for their support. As a citizen of Allegheny County, I am grateful for their work to keep us safe. And as Allegheny County executive I am fully committed to supporting the men and women who do the hard work of keeping us secure on our streets and in our homes,” Rockey said.

Rockey’s plan for public safety proposes important changes in a number of areas, notably the reopening of a juvenile detention and rehabilitation center to house underage youth accused of serious crime.

One Response

  1. Typical archaic thinking of police: Lock up more people. Give cops more guns to shoot people faster. Immunity from lawsuits for denying human rights to people they abuse, arrest, and incarcerate.

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