Pittsburgh police chief reminds 10 promoted officers 'you are role models'
Pittsburgh Police Assistant Chief Larry Scirotto planned to celebrate his promotion Monday with a trip to Olive Garden with his 14 aunts and uncles but, after that, it would be business as usual.
“It's back to work,” said Scirotto, who was promoted from commander to assistant chief during a ceremony in council chambers. “We have to look at every system for every opportunity for our organization to improve.”
Scirotto, 43, said his promotion and career have been a dream come true.
“This is my dream position,” he said. “It's a career goal. To achieve that goal is truly humbling.”
In addition to Scirotto, nine others received promotions: Lts. Clarence Trapp, Cristyn Zett and Stephen Vinansky to commander; Sgt. David Meade to lieutenant; and Det. Philip Mercurio, Det. Tracy Clington, and Ofcs. Matthew Redpath, Richard Zett and William Fleske to sergeant.
Scirotto will move from head of the Major Crimes Unit to the Office of Professional Standards, an office established last year. He said the past year and a half has been a whirlwind.
Chief Cameron McLay promoted Scirotto to commander in late 2014. A Zone 3 lieutenant in Pittsburgh's Allentown neighborhood, Scirotto was tapped to lead the zone upon former Cmdr. Catherine McNeilly's retirement.
McLay said at the time he was looking for role models to promote to commander. On Monday, he said the same held true.
“You are role models, whether you want to be or not —whether you are conscious of it or not,” McLay said at the start of the ceremony. “Others are watching you in everything you do.”
He reminded the officers to be mindful of the lessons they teach others.
Scirotto said as head of the Office of Professional Standards, he will be responsible for analyzing and auditing the bureau's standards, conduct and performance management.
He noted challenges facing policing in the 21st century, but said it's “an opportunity to do all the things you wish the person before you had done, pretty much.”
He said police brass have an obligation to officers as well as the community to create best practices and continue training in order to form a true partnership between police and citizens.
“You have to not just say it, but believe it,” he said.
Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519 or firstname.lastname@example.org.