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.
Today we reflect on the passing of Officer Michael Crawshaw, who served proudly with the Penn Hills Police Department until his untimely death in the line of duty. Michael unselfishly served the community, displaying honor, integrity and great courage, right up to the final call he answered that Sunday night in December 2009.
On the eighth anniversary of this tragedy, we take a moment to remind Michael’s parents, his brother, extended family members, and his friends, that our thoughts and prayers will always be with you. Michael will forever remain a part of our family here at the PHPD, and so will you.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
We have been contacted by Barbells And Badges, a company that has been authorized by Officer Brian Shaw’s family to sell shirts in his memory. They have designed a very nice shirt and will be donating all of the proceeds to Brian’s family. Click the following link to purchase one.
Thanks to everyone for all your positive messages and support for Officer Shaw’s family, our agency, and to all of the law enforcement community. To say it has been great is an understatement…..it has been awesome!
We are pleased to announce that we’ve recently partnered with CRASHDOCS.org by CARFAX, simplifying the process of obtaining accident reports, now allowing you to purchase them online and avoid the hassles of coming to the police station during the Records Division’s hours of operation. There are no additional fees to use this service.
If you’ve been involved in an accident that a Penn Hills police officer responds and takes a report for, simply visit the site and search for your report using the information and incident number you’re provided with. You can also forward this information to your insurance provider. For fee information and other details about this service, please visit the CRASHDOCS page on our website.
Beginning on October 23rd the Penn Hills Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies throughout Pennsylvania, will be participating in a state-wide program titled “The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project (PAADEEP).”
PAADEEP is coordinated by PA Traffic Safety and sponsored by PennDOT and the US Department of Transportation. The program focuses on the enforcement of moving violations that are often found to be the cause of many vehicle crashes in the United States.
From October 23rd until November 19th officers will be conducting enforcement details on roadways that have had statistically higher numbers of reported vehicle crashes. Officers will be primarily focused on drivers who display aggressive driving behavior, such as running stop signs and red lights, speeding, following too closely, failing to yield the right-of-way, careless passing and other moving violations that are deemed to be unsafe.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 32,675 people died in vehicle crashes in the United States in 2014. Most crashes are the result of driver error. An overwhelming majority of driver error involves the violation of traffic laws, and many of those have been linked to aggressive driving actions.
The goal behind this program is to reduce poor driving decisions that often lead to motorists being involved in a collision, and hopefully reduce fatal crash statistics across our country. Running a red light to save 45 seconds is not worth losing your life over or killing someone else, yet it happens daily all across America. We urge you to please drive carefully and wear your seat belt. Your life may depend on it.
The Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Departments #221, #222, #223, #224 and #225 will be hosting the 138th State Fire Convention of Pennsylvania starting on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 and lasting through Saturday, September 23, 2017. There will be several events taking place over the four days, to include; a golf outing, fire expo, open houses, a parade, and much more! Check out the flyer attached below for more details, or click the link above to visit the official website. The event is open to the public.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2017 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 very 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 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Police Department.
Two Penn Hills police officers were honored at a recent council meeting for their role in helping to save a local man’s life by providing CPR during a medical emergency. Officers Geoffrey Agreen and Joshua Martinelli received recognition for their actions that helped save the life of Penn Hills resident Vincent Hogan.
On January 22, 2017 at approximately 7:00 PM Mr. Hogan was celebrating his 65th birthday at his home here in Penn Hills. He was watching a football game and collapsed next to a couch. His family recognized the dire emergency, and his son David began CPR, with the assistance of a family friend. Other family members called 911. The call-taker at the Allegheny County Emergency Services 911 Center provided valuable information to first responders, while keeping the caller on the line until they arrived.
Officers Agreen and Martinelli were the first to arrive on scene and took over CPR. Penn Hills Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived approximately one minute later and Paramedics Lorenzo Garino, Augustine Zampitella, Bret London and Devin Cummings began to work on Mr. Hogan, who was in cardiac arrest, meaning he was not breathing and had no pulse.
The paramedics continued CPR, initiated IV access with drug administration, performed multiple defibrillations (electric shock), and intubated the patient to secure his airway. They were able to acquire return of spontaneous circulation and continued advanced cardiac care while transporting the patient to UPMC East Hospital in Monroeville. Mr. Hogan was quickly seen by an emergency physician and escorted to the Cardiac Catherization Lab. He spent a few days in the Intensive Care Unit and had an internal cardiac defibrillator placed. He was later discharged from the hospital and will require open heart surgery within the next few months.
Mr. Hogan, along with his family and friends, attended the Penn Hills council meeting to express their appreciation for all who responded and cared for him. All parties received recognition from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association, Penn Hills Mayor Sara Kuhn, and members of Penn Hills Emergency Medical Services.
On Monday, May 8, 2017 the Penn Hills Police Department will be participating in the “Implicit Bias Procedural Justice Workshop,” hosted at Petra Ministries. The event will begin at 5:30 PM and will conclude at 8:30 PM. Also joining us will be members of Black Women for Positive Change, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, and the Penn Hills and Pittsburgh NAACP chapters.
Residents are encouraged to attend and learn more about police/citizen interactions, and the role police represent within the community. The goal of the program is to strengthen the relationship between members of the community and the officers who serve them. Please take a moment to view the attached flyer for more details. If you plan to attend we ask that you call (412) 323-7853 to reserve a spot. We look forward to seeing you there!
On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 several Penn Hills police officers will participate in the 2017 “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-six segments of the course, and has done so since this event returned to the area in 2011. Our segment 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 in making a donation to support the PHPD team please click here. All donations go to support Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
Today we look back and reflect on the lives of Sergeant William Schrott and Officer Bartley Connolly Jr. Forty-five years ago on today’s date these brave men were shot and killed in the line of duty. They were the first officers to die while serving with the Penn Hills Police Department.
Although the shopping center they were patrolling on that fateful day no longer stands, the memory of these two fine men remains constant and carries on. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends on this 45th anniversary of their tragic deaths. May Sergeant Schrott and Officer Connolly Jr. rest in peace and always be remembered for their ultimate sacrifice.