• Target 11 investigates review of Pittsburgh Police officers' outside employment


    PITTSBURGH - It’s been seven months since Mayor Luke Ravenstahl hired former Washington County District Attorney Steve Toprani to work on a report about the outside jobs of Pittsburgh Police officers.

    Target 11 Investigator Rick Earle is looking for that report -- which Toprani was paid $10,000 to work on.

    According to Earle, several city council members also wanted to know where the report is, and what’s being done.

    Toprani, who was hired in February, was brought in after revelations that then-Chief Nate Harper had formed a private security company with other officers.

    “I’m really honored to be part of that process,” Toprani said in April. “I appreciate that the mayor selected me and reached out to me. I really view it as a public service.”

    There were also a lot of questions about other officers holding jobs outside the police department.

    “I’m not going to hold my breath and wait for that report to get here,” City councilman Bill Peduto said.

    Toprani told Earle on Thursday that he was unavailable for an interview, but said he turned in the report in July.

    City solicitor Dan Regan, who agreed to talk, but not on camera, said Toprani submitted a draft that still needed review.

    "We are trying to determine if any other related issues should be addressed in the report," Regan said.

    Peduto, who is the favorite to win the mayoral race and take officer in January, said the report that costs taxpayers $10,000 will have little impact

    “Even with the report completed. even with recommendations being made, the mayor isn't here. I don't know who would be implementing those changes,” Peduto said.

    Toprani told Earle that he hasn’t been paid yet, and he’s waiting to see it the city wants him to review any other issues.

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