Last year, Pittsburgh Police Chief Nathan Harper became part of a private security consulting firm with a civilian police clerk and three of his officers, including a sergeant he later promoted to commander, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Diverse Public Safety Consultants LLC, says its website, provides a wide range of services including training security guards, performing background checks, providing executive protection and supplying interim police chiefs.
Harper said the company was not active, it was planned for future use upon retirement and that it was organized merely to preserve its corporate name. Joanna Doven, spokeswoman for Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, said, “It is something we will look into. It is not illegal for employees to have other businesses.” Elizabeth Pittinger, executive director of the Citizen Police Review Board questioned the arrangement involving officers and their superior and said it was irrelevant whether the business was currently operating. “I think it’s an unethical relationship and I think it’s completely inappropriate,” she said.