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Chief's Corner

John R. Phoennik
Chief of Police


Jun 19

Displaying street numbers on homes helps ensure swift emergency response

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 10:36 AM by Andrea Iglar

South Fayette Township police officers pride themselves on quickly responding to emergency calls. You can help us arrive at the correct address in a timely fashion by clearly displaying your street number on your home or business.

It is the responsibility of every owner, trustee, agent and occupant of every building—including but not limited to residential, commercial and industrial properties—to place the street address numbers in a conspicuous place on or over each front door.

The number must be easily readable from the street and shall not be obstructed by any item that tends to conceal the number from sight. This includes overgrown bushes, branches and trees.

In addition, house numbers should be placed on mailboxes. Both sides of the mailbox should display the numbers so they can be seen from all directions. If the mailbox is not directly in front of the building, house numbers also should be placed on the entryway of the building.

If all citizens adhere to this requirement, police officers and other first responders will reach anyone in need more quickly and easily in an emergency, thus enhancing the safety of all building occupants.

John R. Phoennik
Chief of Police
Mar 30

Abandoned vehicles can lead to penalties

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 1:26 PM by Andrea Iglar

South Fayette’s many departments work continuously throughout the year to keep our community clean and safe. As the police department, one of our many duties is trying to minimize the amount of vehicles found abandoned around our 21- square-mile township, which as you can imagine, is almost a full-time job. We have two officers assigned to investigating and following up on nuisance vehicles that are found or reported within our community.

Our township code specifically reads that any vehicle that does not lawfully have current registration and inspection shall be removed after notification by police. After notification, the vehicle owner has 10 days to remove the vehicle or bring it to code, or else the owner will be cited and the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. Fines for this violation can be up to $1,000.

We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our community safe and beautiful.


John R. Phoennik
Chief of Police

Feb 15

Community policing connects with citizens in South Fayette Township

Posted on February 15, 2017 at 10:32 AM by Andrea Iglar

Like many police departments in America today, the South Fayette Township police are responding to rapid social change and emerging issues by creating new ways to connect with their communities. This approach is known as community policing.

We have started many new community-oriented programs within the past two years, such as Project Lifesaver, Coffee with the Chief, Project Teddy Bear and several officer-instructed programs, to name a few. We also recently distributed a Community Outreach Publication covering public safety and police topics. Our department aims to build strong relationships with our residents through these and other programs.

As I continue to develop community-oriented services in South Fayette Township, I consider these four elements of community policing:

  1. The philosophy that community policing is important
  2. The strategic dimension, which translates that belief into an idea
  3. The tactical approach, which turns an idea into a concrete program
  4. The organizational dimension, which supports and facilitates implementation of the program

Community policing means we are committed to directing resources to problem solving, and we are accountable to our residents. I am always emphasizing to our officers the merits of community policing and how it relies heavily on citizen involvement in matters that directly affect the safety and quality of life in South Fayette Township. This philosophy bolsters the community feeling that citizens can and will be heard.

Our police department will continue to grow in the spirit and philosophy of community-oriented policing. Residents will continue to have several ways to be heard—at events like Coffee with the Chief and homeowner’s association meetings or through online resources such as Facebook and our website’s anonymous crime tip line.

Find details on our police web page.

Here’s to a happy, safe and wonderful 2017!


John R. Phoennik
Chief of Police
South Fayette Township