Retired Pittsburgh police chief receives award during Eradicate Hate Summit

PITTSBURGH — Retired Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert was presented with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director’s Award this week during the Eradicate Hate Summit in Pittsburgh.

It is bureau’s highest award for external individuals or organizations and recognizes significant service in the public interest, according to a news release.

“His commitment to the safety of Pittsburgh residents and ongoing support to ATF is unmatched. Chief Schubert’s dedication and partnership led to great success in a variety of ATF missions including civil unrest, critical incidents, violent crime investigations and even in our joint special events,” bureau Director Steven Dettelbach said while presenting the award. “His long-standing working relationships with ATF at the local and national levels contributed immensely to ATF’s mission and public safety as a whole. The Pittsburgh Field Office, Philadelphia Field Division and ATF appreciate his leadership, mentorship and partnership.”

The bureau highlighted their work with Schubert during several mass shootings, including the 2012 shooting at Western Psychiatric Hospital and the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue attack.

“I thank Chief Schubert for his outstanding partnership over the years and know that his good work has solidified relationships between the PBP and ATF for years to come,” said Special Agent in Charge Matthew Varisco, Philadelphia Field Division.

Schubert announced his retirement earlier this year after 29 years with the department. He was promoted to the position in 2017.