Ralph Pampena

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Ralph Pampena
Police career
Department Pittsburgh Police
Years of service 1958-86, 1987-90
(Pittsburgh Police)
(Carnegie Mellon Police)
Rank 1 Gold Star.svg - Pittsburgh Chief
May 22, 1987-
May 17, 1990

1 Gold Star.svg - CMU Chief

Ralph Pampena (1934-December 15, 2012) was a longtime Pittsburgh Police leader, who served as Pittsburgh Police Chief from May 22, 1987 – May 17, 1990. He was a 22-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Police upon taking the oath of Chief. During 1986-1987 he briefly retired from the force serving as Police Chief of Carnegie Mellon University.

Pampena graduated from Central Catholic High School and the Community College of Allegheny County. He earned a bachelor's degree in administration of justice and a masters in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Pampena also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Chief Pampena died at the age of 78 on December 15, 2012 in suburban Shaler from cancer.[1]

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  1. ^ "Obituary: Ralph D. Pampena / Pittsburgh police chief in 1989-90 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Post-gazette.com. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2012-12-18. 
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Preceded by
Donald Aubrecht
Pittsburgh Police Chief
Succeeded by
Mayer DeRoy