Wilkinsburg Police Department

The Police Department is led by Chief Ophelia Coleman. The Police Department staffs 21 officers, 12 crossing guards, 4 administrative employees, and the Chief.

Mission Statement

The fundamental mission of the Wilkinsburg Police Department is to protect life and property, uphold and defend all laws and rights governed by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In order to ensure social and economical success, safety and security shall be the number one priority for the department.

  • By continually improving police services we will strive to provide the community a consistent feeling of well-being and safety.
  • We will work to develop a reputation as a proactive force withing the community to prevent crime, and to identify and apprehend criminals.
  • The Department shall be know as the preserver of democracy and freedom.
  • To respond in a professional manner to our constant challenges, we will create and maintain a quality work and managerial environment that focuses on Police Department goals and provides for career development through training, advancement and rewards for exemplary performance.

Our commitment to excellence:

We will be always watchful.

We will provide, preserve, and protect.

We will serve with pride.

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.

Youth Police Academy

The Wilkinsburg Police Department is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for the summer 2018 Youth Police Academy – Class #10.

The Academy is a two-week “day camp” (Monday Through Friday) that is offered to Wilkinsburg youth between the ages of 6 and 16.

This year’s academy will begin on Monday, July 16, 2018 through Friday, July 27, 2018.

Youth Police Academy Application and Description.

Block Clubs

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. There is a block watch meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 10am in the Wilkinsburg Police Department. For more information about Block Clubs in Wilkinsburg, please contact the Police Department at (412) 244-2913.

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 the Wilkinsburg Police Department 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. An officer is available at all times for walk-ins during business hours.

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.

Rob Fredley – Humane Police Officer

Animal Friends



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.

The Wilkinsburg Police Department encourages residents to lock your cars and hide your valuables. Not only does it make your valuables an easier target, but you can also be cited for not locking your car. Stay safe everyone.