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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 hours. Completed 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.
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 March 19th until April 29th 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 or killing someone else, yet it happens daily across America. We urge you to drive carefully and wear your seat belt. Your life may depend on it.
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2018 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 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, April 4, 2018 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 2oth that will benefit local community food banks. 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!
Today we take a moment to reflect on the passing of Penn Hills police Canine “Joker,” who proudly served the residents of our community until his death in the line of duty.
Joker was three years old when he died. Sadly, his police service was cut short, only working for one year with his handler, Officer Paul Schawalder.
Joker will forever remain in our hearts as a faithful and loyal four-legged servant who loved coming to work every day to ride around and fight crime with his partner.