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.
On Saturday, February 23, 2019, several Penn Hills police officers, including Chief Burton, participated in the 2019 Polar Plunge, held near Heinz Field in downtown Pittsburgh.
The “plungers” tackled cold temperatures and ice 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.
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 he died. Sadly, 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 every day to fight crime with his partner.
We want to take an opportunity to recognize and thank Detective William Trogler for his service with the Penn Hills Police Department. Today, Detective Trogler will finish out his 26-year career with our agency and move forward into the next chapter of his life, retirement.
Bill began his journey in Penn Hills in 1992 as a patrol officer, having previously worked for ten years as a police officer with the Murrysville, New Kensington, and Pitcairn police departments. During his tenure here, Bill has served our agency in many roles, which have included working as a patrol sergeant, heading up the crime prevention program, teaching the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program at Linton Middle School, starting the annual PHPD golf outing with former Penn Hills detective Paul Snowden, and working as a juvenile detective in the Criminal Investigative Division, which has been his primary role for many years now.
One of Bill’s most notable accomplishments with our agency has been his instrumental role in the Citizens’ Police Academy that is conducted semi-annually with the Monroeville Police Department. With Chief Burton’s approval, Bill worked closely with Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole to start the program in 2011, dedicating 16 weeks of his time each year to help educate interested residents in the dynamics of 21st-century police work, which has been an enormous success.
Heading into retirement, Bill plans on spending his time with his grandchildren, improving his golf game, and continuing to teach part-time at the Allegheny County Police Training Academy as a certified law enforcement instructor through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
From all of us at the PHPD, we wish Bill the best of luck in his future endeavors and again thank him for all the great years of service to our community!
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.”
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.