Community Programs

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The South Fayette Township Police Department offers a variety of community-oriented programs and services. To schedule a special program, please call the Police Chief at 412-221-2170 during normal office hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Bloodhound Police Dog


The South Fayette Township Police Department's friendly, floppy-eared female bloodhound, paired with Sgt. Mike Wesolek, is great at tracking scents and finding people.

Internet Purchase Exchange Location


An area in front of the South Fayette Township police station, 515 Millers Run Road, has been designated a safe Internet Purchase Exchange Location. Residents conducting business with strangers through an online buy, sell, barter or trade website such as Craigslist may meet at the location for the exchange. The area, designated by a sign, is under 24/7 video surveillance and serves as a potential deterrent to criminal intentions.
Internet Exchange Sign

Online Crime Tip Line


Submit anonymous crime tips. For emergencies or immediate attention, instead dial 9-1-1.

Coffee with the Chief


Every other month, the police chief appears at a different township venue to give residents, business owners and community members the opportunity to share comments, ask questions and offer suggestions.

Chief’s Corner Blog


The police chief shares tips and information in his blog posts to enhance and encourage public safety.

Medication Disposal Box


Deposit expired or unwanted medications in a Drug Take-back Box in the police station lobby, 515 Millers Run Road, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. This free, anonymous service disposes of prescription and over-the-counter medications in their original containers or in a sealed plastic bag, with the name labels removed or blacked out. The permanently secured box is under 24/7 video surveillance. A state grant funded the program with the aim of reducing access to drugs that could lead to accidental or intentional misuse or overdose. The medications are destroyed after collection.

Accepted


  • Prescription medication
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Pet medication

NOT Accepted


  • Liquids or cough syrup
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Ointments or lotions
  • Needles/sharps
  • Thermometers
  • Medications from businesses or clinics

First Aid & Narcan


All police cars are equipped with oxygen, a first-aid kit, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and the life-saving medication naloxone, commonly known by the trade name Narcan. All police officers are trained to administer Narcan to reverse the effects of overdoses on narcotics such as heroin, codeine or oxycodone. Narcan may help, for example, a child who accidentally swallows a prescription painkiller.

Project Lifesaver


Specially trained township police officers use tracking equipment to find people with special needs who wander away from home. Participants sign up to wear a transmitter bracelet that police can follow if they get lost due to cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or Down syndrome. The program is operated in partnership with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office.

"Occupant with Autism" Car Signs


Free car magnets and decals indicating that a person aboard a vehicle has autism are available at the South Fayette police station, 515 Millers Run Road, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The signs are supplied by the Kaleidoscope Therapy Center / Autism Open in Washington County to help public safety officials deal appropriately and safely with autistic passengers.

Child Car Seat Installation Inspection


The South Fayette Township Police Department offers inspections of child car seat installations by an officer who has been trained and certified in child passenger safety. Citizens first should install the car seat in their vehicle, and then the officer will inspect it and help adjust the installation if necessary. Please call 412-221-2170 to make an appointment for this free service.

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events - Community Safety Training


Community organizations and businesses may request free training in a program called Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE). Certified police officers explain what to do during an emergency in which someone is shooting a gun with the intent of killing a mass number of people.

School Resource Officer


A South Fayette Township police officer is assigned to the South Fayette School District campus during the 9-month school year. South Fayette Sgt. Jeff Sgro serves as the school district's full-time certified School Resource Officer (SRO). Initiated for the 2014-2015 school year, the SRO program allows Sgt. Sgro to spend every day of the school year on South Fayette's Old Oakdale Road campus to help ensure a safe environment by responding to incidents, developing positive student relationships, and holding educational assemblies. Sgt. Sgro, a graduate of South Fayette High School, has been with the township police since 1999. His job in the schools includes responding to incidents, developing positive student relationships, and holding educational assemblies. The program is jointly funded by the township, school district, and a $40,938 state grant from the 2014 Safe Schools program.

Bicycle Patrols


South Fayette officers who are certified as police cyclists patrol the township’s 2-mile portion of Panhandle Trail, plus other neighborhood walking and biking trails, parks and neighborhoods. They provide a visible police presence in areas that are not readily accessible by vehicle. Bike patrols also provide the officers with a quicker and more flexible response to rural or recreational areas of the township. In 2017, the department added two electric bicycles, or e-bikes, that boost pedaling power to help officers pedal longer and traverse hilly terrain. In addition to providing bike patrols, police periodically offer youth bike safety programs.

Lethality Assessment Program - Domestic Abuse


South Fayette police officers use the Lethality Assessment Program to identify high-risk domestic violence victims and immediately connect them to local, community-based resources aim. This helps protect the safety of victims at high risk of death or serious injury at the hands of a current or former spouse or intimate partner.

Project Teddy Bear


The South Fayette Township Police Department periodically holds drives to collect teddy bears for comforting children in crisis. Officers carry the stuffed toys in their patrol cars to give to children in need.

Project Child Safe (Free Gun Locks)


Free gun locks are available to South Fayette Township residents. Locks can be picked up at the South Fayette Police Department Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Limit 2 per household.

Police News


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Police Call Feedback


The police chief randomly selects 1 percent of each month’s police calls and contacts the complainant for feedback from the citizen perspective.

Neighborhood Block Watch


The police department helps facilitate creation of crime watch groups within interested neighborhoods.

Identity Theft and Scam Prevention


Police officers visit senior citizen living centers to educate residents and staff about protecting against identity theft and other scams.

Monthly Homeowner Association (HOA) Meetings


Police officers visit neighborhood meetings to hear concerns, suggestions and feedback.

Station Tours


Police station tours may be scheduled for youth community groups or school field trips upon request.

Halloween Safety Patrols


During the annual Trick-or-Treat, police patrol the neighborhoods and pass out safety materials.