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.
Yesterday, Sergeant David Wilkinson finished his career with the Penn Hills Police Department, having served the community for the last 30 years. We would like to take a moment to recognize Sergeant Wilkinson for over three decades of service with our agency.
On April 1, 1991, David Wilkinson began his career in Penn Hills as a patrol officer. David worked as a patrol officer for several years and later served in the Canine Division. He handled three different police service dogs for over fifteen years, a demanding and challenging role within the department.
Following a successful career as a canine handler, David was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015, remaining in the Uniform Patrol Division to supervise police officers in the field. He fulfilled the duties of this position for the last six years.
David, from all of us at the PHPD, we wish you the very best in retirement. Your many years of service to the Penn Hills residents is a testament of your commitment to policing, and we extend our sincere appreciation for all your hard work.
Please be advised that PennDOT is closing Frey Road (SR2063) between Cameron Drive and Laurie Drive on April 26, 2021, at 7:00 AM for road repair work. Detours will be posted, and motorists should plan an alternate route. PennDOT expects the project to last two weeks with a reopening date no later than May 10, 2021.
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.
We will always remember Sergeant Schrott and Officer Connolly for making the ultimate sacrifice serving the residents of Penn Hills. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families on this 49th anniversary of their passing.
Today we take a moment to reflect on the passing of Penn Hills police Canine Joker, who loyally served our community until his death in the line of duty.
Joker was three years old when his police service was cut short, only working for one year with his handler, Officer Paul Schawalder.
Joker’s memory will forever remain in our hearts. He was a faithful and loyal four-legged servant who loved coming to work to take a bite out of crime!
Today marks the eleventh anniversary of Michael Crawshaw’s untimely death in the line of duty, while serving the citizens of Penn Hills. As we reflect on Michael’s passing, we remember a young man who devoted his life to service, without contemplating or worrying about the risks he took daily to protect others, including his colleagues.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family and friends. His memory will forever remain in the hearts of his fellow officers with the Penn Hills and University of Pittsburgh police departments. Thank you for your service, Michael.
There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13
On behalf of the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, we want to warn residents about several scams involving the current COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, during a time uncertainty and worry, some seek to capitalize on others’ misfortunes.
Two scams circulating in our area involve robocalls and the expected stimulus checks from the federal government. For detailed information on both scams and how to avoid falling victim to them, click here to read the full document from the district attorney’s office.
As always, if you suspect that you may be the target of a potential scam, call 9-1-1 and request to speak with a police officer before following any requests made by the scammer.
Please read the “Stay at Home Order” issued by Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Full details of the order are viewable at pa.gov/COVID-19. The order took effect at 8:00 PM on March 23, 2020 and will now last until April 30, 2020. The order affects all residents of Pennsylvania.
We ask that residents be mindful of the “Stay at Home Order,” and understand that this is an unprecedented situation we are all experiencing right now. Those who are most at risk (the elderly and persons with underlying health conditions) from the COVID-19 virus may, and more than likely, comprise our own family members, friends, and neighbors. It is important to follow the CDC guidelines that help prevent the spread and transmission of the COVID-19 virus, including frequent hand washing and maintaining social distancing practices, which consist of keeping a distance of at least six feet from others in public settings.
If you have questions about the “Stay at Home Order,” COVID-19 symptoms and local statistics, or anything related to the current local emergency, please contact the Penn Hills Emergency Operations Center by calling (412) 342-1199. The center operates around the clock.
If you can afford to, please consider the many local takeout food options available here in Penn Hills. Our restaurants are counting on your patronage right now more than ever.
Penn Hills police officers will continue to provide all essential policing services to residents and visitors of the municipality. Despite some rumors circulating, we are not conducting random traffic stops to determine compliance with the “Stay at Home Order.” Regardless of which walk of life you hail from, we are all in this together, and we look forward to working with our fellow citizens to overcome this world crisis and resume our normal lives as soon as possible. Thank you and be safe!
Today, Lieutenant Anthony Diulus finishes his career with the Penn Hills Police Department, having served the community for the last 28 years. We would like to take a moment to recognize Lieutenant Diulus for his many years of service with our agency.
Anthony Diulus was hired on February 17, 1992 and began his career in Penn Hills as a patrol officer, having previously served as a police officer with the City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority Police Department. Anthony worked as a patrol officer for many years before being appointed to the position of Detective. He served as a detective in the General Investigations unit for several years, investigating many important cases in that role.
Following a successful career in the investigations division, Anthony was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013 and returned to the Uniform Patrol Division to supervise officers in the field. In 2015, he was promoted again to the rank of Lieutenant, where he assumed command of patrol operations. Lieutenant Diulus has remained in charge of the entire patrol division for the last five years, serving in a vital role that helps ensure the effective delivery of police services to the community.
Tony, from all of us at the PHPD, we wish you the very best in your retirement. Your many years of service protecting and serving the residents and visitors of Penn Hills has not gone unnoticed, and we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for your hard work for nearly three decades.
Today, Sergeant Joseph Blaze will finish out his career with the Penn Hills Police Department, having given 28 years of service to our community. We would like to take a moment to recognize and reflect on Sergeant Blaze’s many years of dedication to our agency.
Joseph Blaze was hired on February 14, 1992 and started his journey in Penn Hills as a patrol officer. He worked in that capacity until being appointed to the position of Detective. He served as a detective in the General Investigations unit for many years, investigating important cases that affected the lives of countless residents.
Following a successful career in the investigations division, Joseph was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and returned to the Uniform Patrol Division, where he began his career. He has spent the last five years supervising and mentoring patrol officers in the field.
Joe, from all of us at the PHPD, we wish you the very best in your retirement, extending our sincere gratitude for the distinguished years of service you devoted to protecting and serving the residents and visitors of Penn Hills. Thank you for a job well done!
The Penn Hills Police Department is hosting its fourth annual Tips for Cops fundraiser at Mohan’s Bar & Restaurant on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The event will benefit local community food banks. Off-duty police officers will serve 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 are donated to the food banks. Also, 10% of all food sales during the event, money raised by Chinese auctions, and half of the money received from 50/50 raffles will also be donated.
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!
PS – If you own a local business and are interested in supporting this event, we are accepting donations that can be used for the Chinese auction. Items may include gift cards and gift baskets. Your company name will appear on the donated items. To donate an item, please contact Officer Lindsey Bigger by email at email@example.com.