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.

The Penn Hills Police Department is Hiring!!

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.  Please click the link below for additional information. 

2022 Police Officer Flyer

NHTSA – Car Seat and Booster Seat Information

Please visit the link below for information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration relating to car seats and booster seats. 



Penn HIlls Police Department Hires Two New Officers

On June 18th 2021, Officers Cullen Bugel and Evan Mignogna graduated from the Allegheny County Police Academy. Chief Burton was selected as a speaker/award presenter for the graduation and presented the officers with their graduation certificates.

Officers Bugel and Mignogna graduated following six months of intense educational and physical training. Both officers were among the select few members of their class to receive awards at the graduation. Officer Bugel was chosen as most likely to succeed and Officer Mignogna was awarded for driver proficiency and selected as the speaker for his class.

The Penn Hills Police Department is proud to be one of a few Municipal Police Departments in Allegheny County that will hire qualified applicants and send them to the Academy.

Traffic Advisory: Road Closure

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.

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.

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.






Canine Joker EOW: 02/02/1987

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!

Officer Down Memorial Page – Joker


Michael Crawshaw EOW: 12/06/2009

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

Now Accepting Applications for Police Officer Positions!

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.  Please click the link below for additional information. 

2022 Police Officer Flyer


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.    

Stay at Home. What does it mean for you?

Please read the “Stay at Home Order” issued by Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Full details of the order are viewable at  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!

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

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