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 on July 6th 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 July 6th until August 27th 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.
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.
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.