The Message is simple:
If you are hitting the South Side of Pittsburgh for a Night on the Town,
please celebrate responsibly.
In 2013, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl instituted a police program for
the South Side Area of Pittsburgh due to numerous complaints by local
residents. The program, called "South Side Saturation Detail", called for an increase in police presence on the South Side of
Pittsburgh on Friday and Saturday evenings from 11:00pm until 4:00am the
following morning. The purpose of the program was to change behavior of
visitors to the South Side by the increasing police presence in the hope
that visitors would think twice before making a poor decisions that would
lead to an arrest for
Sex Crimes or citation for
Underage Drinking or
To date, South Side residents rave about the program as the Saturation
Detail has given them a sense of security knowing that officers are readily
available during peak hours of local bars, clubs and restaurants to monitor the many
South Side visitors and immediately assist to cease any unlawful conduct.
What does this mean for visitors to the South Side? For the thousands of
responsible visitors to Pittsburgh's South Side Bars and Late Night
Clubs, nothing will change. However, for the few visitors that seem to "ruin it for everyone" due to excessive drinking and reckless behavior, please be advised
that trained officers are out and about, ready to make arrests in order
to protect the citizens of the South Side.
Do not make the mistake of thinking a quick stop in the alley to relieve
yourself will go unnoticed and unpunished. Further, do not think disrupted
behavior fueled by alcohol consumption on the public areas of Carson Street
will be tolerated. Officers are committed to the Saturation Detail and
maintaining the peace among the many visitors to local bars along the
South Side and Station Square.
Do yourself a favor when visiting the South Side:
Celebrate responsibly or face the consequences.