The South Fayette Township Police Department offers free community-oriented programs and services on a variety of topics. The department also partners with county and state programs.
To schedule a special program, please call the Police Chief at 412-221-2170 during normal office hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
- Crime Tips
- Internet Safety
- Missing Persons
- Personal Safety
- Special Needs
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 and provide the officers with a quicker, more flexible response to rural and recreational areas.
In 2017, the department added two electric bicycles, or e-bikes, that boost pedaling power to help officers pedal longer and traverse hilly terrain.
Police offer free, appropriately sized bicycle helmets to children at various community events and periodically provide youth bike safety programs.
Anonymous Crime Tip Line
Submit anonymous crime tips that police may need to investigate.
However, if you have an emergency, need immediate attention from a police officer or see a crime in progress, dial 911. (You can request to remain anonymous when you call 911.)
Narcan & First Aid
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.
Medication Disposal Box
Deposit expired or unwanted medications in a Drug Take-Back Box in the police station lobby during regular office hours.
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.
Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
Community organizations and businesses may request free community safety 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.
Free gun locks are available to South Fayette residents through the Project Child Safe program. Locks can be picked up at the police department during regular office hours. Limit two per household.
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.
Bloodhound Police Dog
Ellie Faye, a friendly, floppy-eared female bloodhound paired with Sergeant Mike Wesolek, is great at tracking scents and finding people. She also appears at many community events.
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 the wearer becomes 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.
Vacation Security Check
Complete the Vacation Check Request form to request that the South Fayette Township police perform security checks on your premises while you are away from your residence for extended periods. Complete the form and return it to the police station during regular office hours.
Neighborhood Block Watch
The police department helps facilitate creation of crime watch groups within interested neighborhoods.
Homeowners Association (HOA) Meetings
Police officers visit neighborhood meetings to hear concerns, suggestions and feedback.
Halloween Safety Patrols
During Trick-or-Treat each October, police officers patrol the neighborhoods and pass out safety materials.
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.
Cup with a Cop
Each spring, police hold an event that offers a free cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt to children, providing the opportunity for families to interact with officers in a friendly social setting.
Identity Theft and Scam Prevention
Police officers visit senior citizens' group residences to educate residents and staff about protecting against identity theft and other scams.
Presents from Police
South Fayette police participate in a regional toy drive in order to give holiday gifts to patients at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Chief's Corner Blog
The police chief shares tips and information in his blog posts to enhance and encourage public safety.
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The police department occasionally publishes special educational materials with help from third-party firms and/or local business advertisements.
Lethality Assessment Program
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 action 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.
Domestic Violence Assistance
If you are a victim of family violence or know someone who is, you can contact:
- Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. Call 24-hour hotline: 412-687-8005.
- Domestic Violence Support Services
- South Fayette Police Department: Call 911
Megan's Law, Act 24 of 1995 and subsequently amended as recently as October 17, 2002, was enacted to protect the safety and welfare of the general public by providing for registration of sexual offenders and for registration and community notification of sexually violent predators. As a service to the residents of South Fayette Township, the Pennsylvania State Police website contains information about registered sexually violent predators in Pennsylvania.
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 Sergeant Jeff Sgro serves as the school district's full-time certified School Resource Officer (SRO).
In place since the 2014 to 2015 school year, the award-winning SRO program allows Sergeant 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.
The program is jointly funded by the township and the school district.
"Occupant with Autism" Car Signs
Free car magnets and decals indicating that a person aboard a vehicle has autism are available at the police station during regular office hours.
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.
Pennsylvania Premise Alert System
This voluntary program allows individuals with special needs, developmental disabilities or health challenges to alert first responders (police, fire and ambulance) to their needs in conjunction with local police and county 911 services. Sign up online.
Special Needs Registry
The Allegheny County Special Needs Registry allows residents with physical, mental or intellectual disabilities to provide information to the county Department of Emergency Services. The voluntary information may then be shared with those responding to a home for a police, fire or medical emergency.
Car Seat Inspections
A police officer certified in child passenger safety offers inspections of child car seat installations. 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.
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.
Police station tours may be scheduled for youth community groups or school field trips upon request. The department hosts South Fayette kindergarten students every year.