Wilkinsburg Police Department

The Police Department is lead by Chief Ophelia Coleman. The Police Department staffs 22 officers, 4 administrative employees, and the Chief.

Mission Statement

The Wilkinsburg Police Department, through progressive thinking and credible, efficient, and responsive actions, provides our citizens with a safe and healthy community in which to live and work. The Department provides impartial enforcement of all criminal and traffic laws. The Department strives to interact and form a partnership with our citizens, and to provide education so they can learn ways of reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. The Wilkinsburg Police will “be there” for the citizens, and together we will make our community a better place to live and work.

Citizen’s Police Academy

Citizen’s Police Academy is a twelve week instructional program provided by the Wilkinsburg Police Department. The Citizen’s Police Academy affords residents to get a snapshot view of what it is like to be a Police Officer. It also bridges the gap between the citizens and the Police. Residents can get a certification in CPR and First Aid. The Fire Department also offers a five-week training module included in this course.

After-School Programs

The Wilkinsburg Police Department also has an after-school program with Wilkinsburg High School males. The Officers meet with the students every Monday afternoon for one hour. Various issues are discussed.

Block Clubs and Neighborhood Watch

The Police Department is active in helping residents form Block Clubs. In one such initiative, the Police meet on a regular basis with the residents of Douglass Plaza and Wood Street Towers. For more information about Block Clubs in Wilkinsburg, please contact the Police Department at (412) 244-2913.

K-9’s in Training

We currently have two K-9’s. These K-9’s are trained in Drugs, Bombs, Patrol and other disciplines.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I contact the Police?

You can dial 911 for emergencies or to report suspicious activity. Otherwise, you can reach the Department at (412) 244-2913 or (412) 244-2919 . These numbers contact a desk officer that is on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

You are welcome to stop by the office in person, any time day or night. We are located in the Borough Building at 605 Ross Avenue on the first floor; first door on the right. The desk officer is available at all times for walk-ins.

If you would like to speak with the Police Chief, Ophelia Coleman, she can be reached directly at (412) 244-2915. If there is no answer, please leave a message and the Chief will return your call.

What can be done about barking dogs or dogs in general running around the neighborhood?

The Police Department will respond to calls about barking or stray dogs. However, this is technically not a Police issue, and is better handled by the Humane Officer of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

If a situation arises regarding animal neglect or abuse, please report the situation immediately to the Humane Society. The owner of an animal is responsible for licensing the pet with Allegheny County, and proper veternarian care. They are also required to obtain a license from Allegheny County.

Police will get involved if there is a danger or threat of danger to a citizen. Code Enforcement also has a role to play if the situation involves damage to property, or if the animal is a nuisance to the community as a whole.

How do the police deal with disorderly youth?

Curfew can be enforced if the children are in violation. According to Borough curfew, youth age 17 and under are not allowed in any public space from 10:30pm to 6am Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30pm to 6am Friday and Saturday. Police also work with citizens to educate the youth of what constitutes a nuisance. We believe that an important part of solving this problem is prevention, by having programs in place for the youth, and making the parents and guardians of these youth accountable. The Wilkinsburg Police Department aims to be be vigilant and consistent in enforcing the law with the youth.

What is the difference between a robbery and a burglary?

Robbery is taking or attempting to take something of value from another person by use of force, threats, or intimidation. Robbery is committed in the presence of the victim. Burglary is the unlawful entry of a property or structure to commit a felony or a theft.