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.

Sgt. William Schrott & Ofc. Bartley Connolly. End of Watch: 03/25/1972

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.

Officer Down Memorial Page – Sgt. William Schrott

Officer Down Memorial Page – Ofc. Bartley Connolly Jr.

Now Testing for Police Officers!

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 hoursCompleted 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.

Upcoming Aggressive Driving Enforcement Campaign


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.

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


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.

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