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 ninth anniversary of the passing of Officer Michael Crawshaw. On Sunday, December 6, 2009, Michael lost his life in the line of duty while serving our community.
Michael left a legacy of heroism and human decency that will forever be embraced by the men and women of the Penn Hills Police Department, especially for those who had the privilege of serving with him.
We offer our prayers and thoughts to Michael’s family and to all of those who knew him. Not a day passes that he is not missed. May peace be with you on this day of mourning.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.