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.

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

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.

Tips for Cops – 2018

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… a different kind of way!

Canine “Joker” EOW: 02/02/1987

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.


Officer Down Memorial Page – Joker


Road Closure Advisory

We would like to advise motorists that a portion of Universal Road will experience temporary and intermittent road closures on Saturday, January 13, 2018.

A project on Universal Road, between Saltsburg Road and Deborah Jane Drive, will result in brief closures of the roadway between 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on January 13, 2018.  The closures are expected to run at one minute intervals throughout the listed times.  This may result in increased traffic congestion and/or delays.

Michael J. Crawshaw EOW: 12/06/2009

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




Officer Brian Shaw Memorial Tee-Shirts

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… has been awesome!

PHPD partners with!

We are pleased to announce that we’ve recently partnered with 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.


State Fire Convention – Hosted by Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Departments

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.

138th State Fire Convention Flyer  

Officers receive recognition for helping save local man’s life

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.

Procedural Justice Workshop – May, 8, 2017

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!  


Procedural Justice Workshop Flyer

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