Below you will find information on recent activity involving the Penn Hills Police Department, as well as information on current events happening around the municipality that our department may be involved with.  This is not a list outlining all police calls for service and incident descriptions, though, at times, we may deem it necessary to post information or photos seeking tips on unsolved crimes or missing persons.

New Internet Purchase Exchange Location

We are pleased to announce that we now offer residents and visitors a safe place to meet for internet purchase exchanges.  Located within the visitor parking lot at the new municipal complex are two parking spaces reserved for internet transactions, marked by the sign pictured below. 

Monitored by video surveillance, the parking spaces are close to the municipal building, which houses the police department and is always accessible to visitors in need of police assistance.

Sadly, law enforcement agencies throughout the country have been taking reports for robberies that have occurred during meetups for internet transactions.  Though most people have good intentions when posting offers on sites like Craigslist, OfferUp, letgo, and Facebook’s Marketplace, some are not legitimate and are merely attempting to lure unsuspecting buyers/sellers carrying cash or valuables, with the intent of robbing them.

We also encourage buyers and sellers to read the advisory content posted by most internet marketplace sites, warning of potential scams and other issues.  Remember the adage “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

2018 Citizens Police Academy – Fall Session. Now Accepting Applications!

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 Citizens Police Academy – Fall Session class.  Class size is limited to twenty (20) students, with preference given to Penn Hills and Monroeville residents.  Application packages are now available at the Penn Hills and Monroeville Police Departments, or they can be downloaded from this site by clicking here.

Please complete your application and other necessary paperwork/checks as soon as possible to confirm your spot in this class.  Many local law enforcement agencies offer Citizens Police Academy classes at various times throughout the year; however we believe our program is unique, offering students a chance to drive an actual police car on a “skid pad,” and to participate in live firearms training on a state-of-the-art shooting range maintained by the Monroeville Police Department and the FBI.

For additional information on the program, and the requirements to apply, please visit our Citizens Police Academy page.  The first class will be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 7:00 PM at the brand new Penn Hills police station.  Classes will continue each week through November 7, 2018.  There will be no class held on Halloween.

New PHPD Headquarters – Effective 07/19/2018

Beginning Thursday, July 19, 2018, the Penn Hills Police Department will shift all operations to the new municipal complex, at 102 Duff Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235.  The police department entrance will continue to be open 24 hours a day to the public.  The Records Division hours will remain the same. 

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to forecast the moving date with much notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  As always, we look forward to serving you from our new home. 

Buying fireworks? Know the laws.

On October 30, 2017, the laws concerning fireworks in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania officially changed, replacing the Fireworks Act of 1939.  As summer rolls in, we want residents to be aware of the new changes to the laws, and how they could affect you.  If you’re planning on purchasing fireworks this season, please take a moment and view the following link outlining the most notable changes to the laws, provided by the Pennsylvania State Police.


Pennsylvania State Police – Fireworks Information Page

Animal Friends’ Community Vaccine Clinic – Coming Soon!

Animal Friends will hold their annual low-cost vaccine clinic on Sunday, July 8, 2018, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Penn Hills Department of Public Works building, at 6600 Leechburg Road, Verona, PA 15147.  This is a cash-only clinic.
All residents of Penn Hills, as well as non-residents, are encouraged to bring their pets, both cats, and dogs, to be vaccinated and microchipped.  Please bring paperwork indicating prior vaccinations and any alteration surgery (spay/neuter).
We ask that cats be in carriers and dogs be on a leash.  For safety reasons, non-retractable leashes are preferred.  You are still welcome to attend the clinic if you use a retractable leash, but please “short-leash” your dog.

“Click it or Ticket” enforcement campaign to start soon!

Beginning May 14th, the Penn Hills Police Department will be participating in the national seat belt enforcement campaign known as “Click it or Ticket.”  The program is sponsored by Buckle-Up Pennsylvania and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  413 people who did not buckle up lost their lives in crashes on Pennsylvania roadways in 2015. 

The campaign will run until June 3rd.  These will be “zero tolerance” enforcement details, meaning you will be cited if you are caught not wearing your seat belt and stopped for a primary traffic violation.  The campaign also targets children who are not properly restrained in child safety seats or booster seats, if required by law.

Please wear your seat belt.  Many studies have proven that wearing your belt dramatically increases your chances of surviving a serious traffic collision.  The few seconds it takes to buckle-up may save you some money, but more importantly, may save your life!


Penn Hills Night of Awareness

On Thursday, May 17, 2018, a group of concerned Penn Hills citizens will be hosting the “Penn Hills Night of Awareness” inside the auditorium at the Penn Hills Senior High School, at 309 Collins Drive.  The symposium will run from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, and will focus on issues of addiction, mental health, and recovery. 

A host of speakers from various local agencies will be on-hand to present information on these topics, answer questions, and suggest resources on where to find help for anyone struggling with these issues.  This event is open to the public, though some material may not be suitable for children.  Click on the link below for more information.

Penn Hills Night of Awareness Flyer

2018 “Be a Fan” Law Enforcement Torch Run


On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, several Penn Hills police officers will participate in the 2018 “Be a Fan” Law Enforcement Torch Run.  The 150+ mile run will start at home plate in PNC Park and finish at Penn State University in State College, PA.  The purpose of the event is to raise money, but more importantly, to raise support and awareness for Special Olympics Pennsylvania and the athletes who participate in the games.

The run is segmented into three days and will include over fifty law enforcement teams throughout the state.  Our agency has committed to “own” one of the fifty-three segments of the course and has done so since this event returned to the area in 2011.  Our portion of the course begins on Business Route 22 at the Sheetz in Wilkins Township and finishes at the first Sheetz coming into Monroeville.

If you are interested donating to support the PHPD team please click here.  All donations go to support Special Olympics Pennsylvania.



Sgt. William Schrott & Ofc. Bartley Connolly. End of Watch: 03/25/1972

On Saturday, March 25, 1972, Sergeant William Schrott and Officer Bartley Connolly Jr. were killed in the line of duty while serving with the Penn Hills Police Department.  They were the first Penn Hills police officers to lose their lives in service to our community.

Sergeant Schrott and Officer Connolly will always be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice they made serving the residents of Penn Hills.  Our thoughts and prayers are with their families on this anniversary of their passing.

Officer Down Memorial Page – Sgt. William Schrott

Officer Down Memorial Page – Ofc. Bartley Connolly Jr.

Now Testing for Police Officers!

The Municipality of Penn Hills is now accepting applications to participate in an upcoming selection process for the position of Police Officer within the Penn Hills Police Department.  We are currently looking to establish a new civil service eligibility list to hire from as the need arises.  There is no anticipated date to hire, though the previous two selection processes resulted in the hiring of over fifteen officers.

You can download the application, and other necessary forms by clicking here, or they can be picked up at the municipal building, room 204, during regular business hoursCompleted applications and forms must be received by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, along with a non-refundable $100.00 filing fee, payable by check or money order to the “Municipality of Penn Hills.”

The physical agility test and scored written examination have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at 10:00 AM.  The tests will be conducted at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy, at 700 West Ridge Road, Allison Park, Pennsylvania 15101.  You must report for testing on time.

Click here to view the requirements to participate in the selection process, and here to see an outline of the job benefits.  We also strongly encourage potential applicants to thoroughly read through the rest of our police officer employment section on our website.  We outline, in great detail, what you can expect to go through during the selection process, and what we expect of you as a potential candidate for employment, including specific criteria that may or will disqualify you from the process.

We value the importance of hiring the best possible candidates for our agency, particularly those who display honesty and integrity, as this job places you into a position of public trust, and we owe the public the very best, as that is the level of service we aim to provide.

We thank you for your interest in our department, and we look forward to seeing all of the candidates at the testing site on April 17th.

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