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 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.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2017 Citizens Police Academy – Spring Session class. Class size is limited to twenty (20) students, with preference given to Penn Hills and Monroeville residents. Application packages will be available beginning Wednesday, February 15, 2017 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, April 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Police Department.
The Penn Hills Police Department is hosting a fundraiser at Mohan’s Bar & Restaurant on Tuesday, February 21st that will benefit the Lincoln Park Community Food Bank. Off-duty police officers will be serving as waiters and waitresses. The event will start at 5:00 PM and last until 9:00 PM.
All of the tips earned by the officers will be donated to the food bank. Also, 10% of all food sales during the event, all money raised by Chinese auctions, and half of the money received from 50/50 raffles will be donated as well.
We encourage you to come out and and join us for an evening of fun, as we serve you…..in a different kind of way!
The police department is now accepting applications for the position of School Crossing Guard. The starting salary in 2017 is $13.63 per hour and increases to $14.34 per hour after completion of the probationary period. Please view the list of requirements for this position by clicking here.
Interested persons should complete the Application for Employment and the Waiver of Release for Background Investigation form. They can be downloaded by visiting the Employment Forms section on our website.
Completed forms can be turned in to the Records Division during their normal business hours. Applications will be accepted until vacancies are filled.
The Municipality of Penn Hills is an equal opportunity employer
This past Monday Chief Burton attended an event at the Penn Hills High School honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was sponsored by Penn Hills Interfaith Ministries and the Penn Hills School District.
The event was held for students and members of the community and paid tribute to Dr. King’s accomplishments toward the civil rights movement. The keynote speaker was Penn Hills NAACP President Joyce Davis. Chief Burton delivered the “charge” to the audience, closing out the celebration and paying tribute to Dr. King’s legacy.
On Saturday, December 10, 2016 several Penn Hills police officers, including Chief Burton, participated in the 2016 Polar Plunge, held on the shores of the Ohio River near Heinz Field.
The “plungers” tackled the freezing temperatures and cold water in an effort to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics PA. The Penn Hills Police Department has been participating in this event since 2011. Thanks to all who participated, including the many officers from other local law enforcement agencies in Western Pennsylvania.
Recently the Penn Hills Police Department began to participate in the Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program, sponsored by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. The program provides locations for Pennsylvania residents to dispose of unwanted prescription medications (non-liquid). A blue drop box is conveniently located inside the police station lobby. Anyone wishing to dispose of medications can come to the police station and do so. The lobby is open to the public at any time.
“Carved on these walls is the story of America, of a continuing quest to preserve both democracy and decency, and to protect a national treasure that we call the American dream.”
A quote by President George H.W. Bush that’s engraved on the wall at the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington DC. It speaks volumes. A part of that American story he referenced took place on Sunday, December 6, 2009 here in Penn Hills.
Carved into that very wall is the name of a young man who exemplified the meaning of the words “decency” and “protect.” Michael Crawshaw gave his life while protecting the residents of this community as a police officer. His story is one of extraordinary courage, honor, integrity and human decency.
Seven years ago on today’s date Michael put on his Penn Hills police uniform and began his tour of duty on the afternoon shift. He would never make it home that night. The call he bravely answered would be his last, and will never be forgotten.
We reflect back knowing that the American dream Michael helped to protect was also one he was able to share in, and that was fulfilling his dream of being a police officer. We are grateful that Michael was able to be a part of our department.
Today we offer our deepest sympathies, thoughts and our prayers to Michael’s family and his friends. Michael’s legacy here is an inspiration to us all. He is truly missed.
The Penn Hills Police Department would like to alert residents to a telephone scam that attempts to convince parents that their child has been kidnapped. The scam often targets the parents of college students, asking them to pay a ransom for the safe return of their child. The caller may have the name of the child, and a scream or muffled cry in the background has been reported on some occasions.
If you receive a similar call, authorities recommend parents should try to text, call or reach their child through social media to confirm their safety. Additionally, if possible, ask questions of the caller that only your family member would know the answers to. We urge all residents to contact their local police department by calling 911 if they receive a call of this nature.
On behalf of the members of the Penn Hills Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with the officers of the Canonsburg Police Department as they cope with the tragic loss of Officer Scott Bashioum and the wounding of Officer James Saieva. Officer Bashioum was a seven year veteran of the department and previously served with the United States Air Force. He was fifty-two years old and is survived by his wife and children.
We offer our most heartfelt sympathies to both officers’ families and friends during this difficult time, and wish Officer Saieva a speedy recovery from his injuries. May peace be with everyone affected by this tragedy.