It is the mission of the Ross Township Police Department to provide the utmost in professional law enforcement service to the community for which is serves.

To accomplish this mission, every officer of this department must share, not only in the desire to attain the mission, but more so in efforts to accomplish it.

This mission is based on high ethical and professional standards. It includes preserving the peace, conflict management, and enforcement of criminal laws by officers who are committed to the rule of law. The mission being both responsive and responsible to the public we serve.


 


The majority of the department's manpower is assigned to the Patrol Division, which provides preventive patrol, complete investigation on field level incidents and preliminary investigation on all incidents and calls for service. Most Patrol Division officers are assigned to an 8 hour shift made up of 6 to 8 patrol officers and 2 sergeants. To provide additional staffing during peak periods, a small number of additional officers are assigned to an overlap shift from 7 PM to 3 AM. In addition to normal preventive patrol, Patrol Division officers may be assigned to directed patrol assignments based on law enforcement need, an increase in criminal activity or citizen complaints. Patrol officers also perform all manner of traffic enforcement during their patrol activities.


Traffic Division

Sergeant Benjamin Dripps
Patrolman Michael P. Thomas
Patrolman Albert Elway
Patrolman David Young
Patrolman Jason Syska
Patrolman Sean Stafiej

 The Traffic Division is staffed by five officers. Patrolmen Michael P. Thomas, David Young, Albert Elway, Jason Syska, and Sean Stafiej are assigned full time to the division and are the officers that traffic violators are most likely to encounter. They utilize three Harley Davidson motorcycles as well as marked, and unmarked patrol cars. The Traffic Division has several duties such as Traffic Law Enforcement, Accident Investigations & Reconstruction, Traffic Studies, Truck Weight Enforcement, and Commercial Vehicle Inspections.

The Police Department receives numerous complaints concerning traffic violations, mainly stop sign and speeding violations throughout the residential neighborhoods of Ross Township. This is a top priority for the Traffic Division as it is one of the most important concerns of the citizens and it provides the Police Department with high visibility in the neighborhoods. Showing the residents that we share their concerns and are willing to take the appropriate action greatly enhances public relations. This is handled in a timely, professional manner on a continuing basis, not just a one time appearance.

 

 


 

 

Patrolman Donald Sypolt

Patrolman Peter Chuberko


The Ross Township Police Department has had a full time, continuously operating Canine Division since 1995. The detail was started with two canine teams, K9 Officer James Fitch and his partner Sari, and K9 Officer William Barrett and his partner Enno. It did not take long for the department to realize the wide-ranging benefits of the police/working-dog team. 

In 2003 and 2005 a second set of K9s started working.  In 2003 K9 Airus was assigned to officer Matthew Grubb and in 2005 K9 Uvo was assigned to officer Peter Chuberko.  K9 Airus was a Belgium Malinios and K9 Uvo was a German Shepherd.  These two K9’s and their handlers served Ross Township until their retirement in 2014.  Both K9’s went on to live out their days with their handler’s and their families. 

In late 2014 K9 Cezar and K9 Neeko were purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, PA.  Both, Cezar and Neeko, are German Shepherd and both are imported from Europe.  K9 Cezar was assigned to Officer Peter Chuberko and K9 Neeko was assigned to Officer Donald Sypolt.  Officer Grubb was promoted to Sergeant and remains an integral part of the K9 division as the department trainer.  Both K9’s went through 9 weeks of basic training and are currently working alongside their partners since November of 2014.  They continue to train and do so for four hours every week to maintain their levels of proficiency. 

The dog teams are tested annually and are certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association.  The certification includes the team being able to complete all of the tasks expected of them.  This includes narcotics detection as well as handler protection, tracking human beings, as well as searching buildings to name a few.

The K9 Division helps the Ross Police Department perform their duties safer and faster than we would be able to do without the dog teams. The canines save the department hundreds of man-hours every year. The canines freely and willingly go into areas officers are not able to. The Ross Police Department relies on the canines to use their special abilities to help locate suspects, evidence, narcotics or missing people quickly.

On average, The K9 Division provides assistance in over 275 calls for service yearly. The majority of these calls were for drug sniffs of residences and vehicles. Both Airus and Uvo are trained to detect the odors of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The K9 Division is trained not only in narcotic detection, but offender tracking and apprehension, building searches, and evidence locating.

While the K-9 Division’s primary responsibilities are the safe apprehension of serious criminal offenders, the timely discovery of evidence, the protection of the public and officers, and the search for missing persons; they also serve as a link between the Ross Police Department and the community.

The use of the K9 Units in demonstrations, exhibitions, and special events opens lines of communication and understanding. The presence of the K-9 stimulates conversation and serves as a link between the officer and the community. There is also a significant psychological impact in the community - given the presence of a K-9 Unit. The perception of increased security is readily apparent during peripheral conversations during such demonstrations and special events.

Given the public perception and tangible link established by the K9, between the department and the community, Ross’s K9 Officers often participate in demonstrations, special events, and other exhibitions by the public. During these events, the K9 Officers use their dogs to educate the community on how K9’s are utilized by the police department and aid in open dialogue regarding K9 operations and community expectations.

Both Officer Chuberko and Officer Sypolt share a strong bond with their canine partners. Both handlers take their canine home. The canines are part of their families. Each handler is issued a canine car for emergency call outs and transportation of the canine.

 

Should you like any additional information regarding the K9 Division or would like to schedule a demonstration for your civic group, please contact the Ross Township Police Department at 412-931-9070.


 

Sergeant William Barrett
Patrolman Robert Farina
Patrolman Dean Chiaramonte
Patrolman Matthew Immekus (Certified Instructor)
Patrolman Mark Sullivan

In 2011, with the assistance of generous donations from Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target, Ross Township Police implemented the Bike Patrol program. Current officers assigned to the bikes are nationally certified after attending and successfully completing an intensive forty hour training course held by the International Police Mountain Bike Association. Additionally, Officer Immekus is one of only several officers who are nationally certified as an IPMBA Instructor in Western Pennsylvania.

Ross Township currently utilizes Trek 24 speed mountain bikes. The bikes are outfitted in accordance to national standards for police cycles and are classified as emergency vehicles by PA statute. One obvious advantage of the bikes is the low cost of maintenance as compared to traditional vehicular patrols, in addition to being more environmental friendly.

The bike unit serves roles in both Special Programs as well as Patrol. While it is not practical with the township geography to utilize the bicycles full time, we have found the bikes to be effective in many functions. One of the major benefits has been increased personal interaction with our community. Additionally the bicycles provide officers with increased visual and auditory awareness of their surroundings as compared to those in patrol cars. Bike officers also will typically have a better chance of locating criminal activity in progress as the violators are less likely to notice officers approaching.

The bikes have been utilized in a number of ways throughout the year. These uses include community events such as 4th of July, Community Day, and Halloween. The bikes also were deployed in the business districts throughout the Holiday shopping season. Additionally they may be sent to various neighborhoods in response to a particular increase in crime. Finally the bikes can also be sent out as needed for assistance with missing person or suspect searches or for residential traffic enforcement.

 


Sergeant Samuel Comport
Detective Larry Wagner
Detective Brian Kohlhepp
Detective Michael Kirtley
Detective David Sciullo

The Detective Division handles the investigation of major crimes and incidents including homicide, suicide, sex offenses, and robberies. They also conduct general investigations into burglaries, thefts, computer fraud, narcotics and serious juvenile investigations. This division is also responsible for conducting pre-employment background investigations on potential new officer candidates.

The Detective Division is staffed by five police detectives, Detective Sergeant Samuel Comport, Detective Larry Wagner, Detective Brian Kohlhepp, Detective Michael Kirtley, and Detective David Sciullo. These officers are assigned to the division full time to handle all investigations that result from any serious or complex criminal case. The Detectives handle a variety of complex in-depth investigations, including but not limited to financial crimes, computer crimes, sex assaults, burglaries, robberies and narcotics.

Detective Sergeant Samuel Comport supervises the daily operations of the Detective Division such as case assignment, directing and guiding investigations, maintaining and preparing division records.

In addition to conducting investigations assigned to the division, the detectives are also available to assist patrol division officers with any criminal investigations that they may be investigating. This assistance can range from providing guidance on a portion of the investigation to assisting the officers with interview or interrogations. All of the detectives are well schooled on the latest interview and interrogation techniques as they depend on these daily to complete their work.

The Detectives use the latest technology in their efforts to solve crimes. Among the tools available to them are a computer enhanced composite system and night vision equipment. One of the most productive methods available is the polygraph examination. Utilization of a state of the art computerized commercial polygraph instrument ensures reliability and accuracy. Polygraph (commonly called a lie detector) is a valuable tool in criminal investigations and applicant screening. This service is available to nearby police agencies to assist with their criminal investigations.

The Detective Division is available 24 hours a day to investigate serious crimes. If a Detective is not on duty, one or more may be called out by the shift supervisor.

 


 

The Ross Police Forensic Investigation Unit handles a wide variety of forensic applications. It is also equipped with full complement of equipment for developing film and digital photographs. The photo and crime lab performs a variety of functions for the department:

Forensics LabCrime Scenes - The lab is equipped with a full compliment of equipment and supplies for response to any major crimes. The capabilities include but are not limited to crime scene photography, latent print collection, DNA and other blood evidence collection, shoe and tire impression casting, and trace fiber collection.

Traffic Accident Investigations - The forensic investigation unit assists the traffic department in accident reconstruction by photographing serious accident scenes. Once developed, photographs may then be used as evidence in criminal and civil prosecutions.

In-house Evidence Processing - The crime lab also compliments the Patrol and Detective divisions with criminal investigations. Evidence collected is often processed in the crime lab primarily for latent fingerprint development. The lab uses a wide range of processes including but not limited to applications of cyanoacrylate, nynhydrin and small particle reagent. These are all chemicals used to develop latent fingerprints on surfaces not favorable for processing with standard fingerprint powders.

Evidence Public Relations - Lab personnel are also occasionally given photography assignments for various events. Additionally, crime lab demonstrations are performed through the department's Special Programs Unit, which regularly gives police station tours to organized civic youth groups.

The Ross Police Department Forensic Investigation Unit is an integral part of the functioning of the Ross Township Police Department. The lab assists with hundreds of cases each year, which aids the department in the identification and prosecution of criminal offenders. The department laboratory is also considered one of the most advanced labs in Allegheny County for a municipal police department of this size. The lab personnel are dedicated to the enhancement of public safety through forensic science.

 


 

Officer Michael J. Thomas - Coordinator
Detective Brian Kohlhepp
Officer Albert Elway
Officer Joseph Serowik
Officer Jason Syska
Officer Donald Sypolt
Officer Gregory Garcia
Officer Sean Stafiej
Officer Dean Chiaramonte

The Ross Township Police are very devoted to ensuring the Community of Ross Township is not only safe but also informed and educated. We have eleven police officers that devote a substantial amount of time to the police departments various community outreach programs. Some of our community outreach programs include Community Crime Watch, personal safety programs, school based programs, pre-school programs, senior citizen safety, child identification, tours of the police station, bicycle patrol, self defense, and bike rodeo/safety events. You can find additional information on any of these various programs on the Special Community Programs and Crime Watch pages.


 

Sergeant Benjamin Dripps
Detective Brian Kohlhepp

The Ross Police Department maintains a positive working relationship with the local media. Major cases, significant events, and matters of public importance are released to local media outlets to include television, radio and print. News conferences are conducted on an as needed basis. They are generally held at the police station or at the scene of certain incidents.

Sergeant Benjamin Dripps oversees this area of the Police Department and is assisted by Detective Brian Kohlhepp. They act on authority directly from the office of the Chief of Police. 

Any questions or comments may be directed to 412-931-9070 Sergeant Dripps or Detective Kohlhepp ext. 272.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sergeant Benjamin Dripps
Patrolman David Young

The Abandoned Vehicle Unit responds to all complaints regarding vehicles that are abandoned on the roadways of Ross Township and those left abandoned on private property. Patrolman David Young oversees the disposition of the abandoned vehicle complaints. Abandoned Vehicles are defined by the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code as:

Any vehicle that is left physically inoperable and is left unattended on a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours.

The vehicle has remained illegally on a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours.

The vehicle is left unattended on or along a highway or other public property for more than 48 hours and does not bear ALL of the following:

(a) Valid Registration Plate
(b) Valid Certificate of Inspection
(c) An Ascertainable VIN

The vehicle has been left on private property without permission for more than 48 hours.

If a complaint is made regarding a vehicle and it meets the above listed criteria, Patrolman Young will leave an Abandoned Vehicle Notice Sticker on the window of the vehicle that gives the vehicle owner notice that the vehicle must be removed within 7 days. If the vehicle owner fails to remove the vehicle within that 7 day period, the vehicle will be removed by the Ross Police Department.

Vehicles illegally parked on private property may be immediately removed by initiating a “Private Property Tow Request” through the Ross Police Department. A Ross Police Officer will come to the property and issue a citation for the parking violation. The Ross Police will contact a contract tower to remove the vehicle. It will be the property owner’s responsibility to pay all removal fees to the contract tower at the time of removal. When the vehicle owner retrieves the vehicle from the contract tower, the property owner will be reimbursed all fees by the contract tower.

The Abandoned Vehicle Unit and Ross Township Code Enforcement aggressively enforce Ross Township’s “Junk Vehicle Ordinance”. It is unlawful for any person to keep or store and junk vehicle, junk parts, trailers, or other equipment on private property that is zoned residential and/or commercial in Ross Township for a period more than 48 hours. A junk vehicle is defined as any vehicle outside of a fully enclosed building which is not physically operable or without valid registration or inspection. If you know of any vehicles in violation of this ordinance, you may reach The Abandoned Vehicle Unit at the following:

Ross Police Department
ATTN: Abandoned Vehicle Unit
1000 Ross Municipal Drive Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
412-931-9070 x138

 

 


 

Sergeant David Eckels
Patrolman Barry Clifford

While each officer with the Ross Township Police Department is responsible for their own duty weapons, the department stills maintains a separate Firearms Training Unit to provide additional specialty firearms training and support.

Maintenance responsibilities fall to the Department Firearms Instructors and armorers, Sergeant David Eckels and Officer Barry Clifford. They are responsible for cleaning and maintaining all department owned weapons, which include the Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun and .223 caliber patrol rifle. They are also responsible for assisting officers with the care and maintenance of their own individual duty weapons and controlling ammunition inventories for the department.

Sergeant Eckels and Officer Clifford maintain current certification as armorers for the AR-15/M-16 patrol rifle, along with Sig Sauer, Glock and the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols, all of which are authorized for use within the department. They are always seeking updates on department owned weapons and ballistics information for the various ammunition brands and calibers that are on the market today.

Both Sergeant Eckels and Officer Clifford are NRA certified handgun, shotgun and patrol rifle instructors, and each year they oversee the required annual firearms qualifications. This includes a night shoot qualification for each officer in the department. All officers are required to re-qualify with their duty weapon, appropriate department shotgun and any off duty weapon the officer will be utilizing. In addition, most of department’s officers are selected for specialty weapons such as the AR-15 patrol rifle and must qualify with those weapons in addition to the normal qualifications.

Sergeant Eckels and Officer Clifford have been instrumental in the development of various other firearms exercises, which include the creation of live fire tactical scenarios, that add a sense of realism and stress not normally found in traditional firearms qualification. This training better prepares the individual officer for the uncertainties found on the street.

The Firearms Training Unit has also developed a training program for less than lethal munitions and delivery systems. This includes the use of the x-26Taser. The development of this training has provided officers with an even greater range of tools to overcome a threat and will help to ensure the safety of both the police officer and the public at large.

 


 

Patrolman Robert Zegar
Patrolman Mark Sullivan

The Information Systems Unit was officially established in January of 2002 to assist the police department in addressing concerns related to the department's computer equipment. Responsibilities then grew to include management of data records, computer maintenance and repair, installation and maintenance of vehicle electronic equipment, video equipment, electronic building security, radio communications, and telephone management. The unit consists of Officers Robert Zegar and Mark Sullivan. They are responsible for maintaining these various systems in addition to their regular police duties.

There are currently virtual and physical workstations throughout the police department for officers to use when completing reports. All of these machines are networked to redundant VMWare servers which house all of the police data. The unit also services fifteen Dell mobile data computers. These computers enable officers to retrieve specific information from state and federal databases right from their patrol vehicles in addition to completing all police reports.

The unit has also been involved in the set-up and programming of the digital telephone and Avigilon video surveillance systems at the station.  In 2010 the unit began overseeing the installation of cameras along the McKnight Road corridor.  

The unit has striven to obtain a state of the art computer database that will increase efficiency in reporting and enable officers to obtain more timely intelligence information to assist them in investigations and case management. PISTOL from Sungard OSSI was chosen as Ross Township Police's Record Management System in 2003.  Currently, information is shared with neighboring Shaler Township and Bellevue Borough Police Departments.

 

 


 

Sergeant Matthew Grubb
Sergeant David Eckels
Sergeant Randall McAllister
Detective David Sciullo
Detective Brian Kohlhepp
Patrolman Donald Sypolt
Patrolman Balazs Devenyi
Patrolman David Horak

The Ross Police Department Ceremonial Unit is composed of a Color Guard and an Honor Guard. The officers assigned to the Ceremonial Unit perform both functions.

The Color Guard represents the Ross Police Department during civic functions where the National and Commonwealth Colors will be presented. These civic functions include parades, dedications, and ceremonies. While performing, the Color Guard follows United States Marine Corps Drill Regulations which ensure precision marching and movements during the performance.

The Honor Guard represents the Ross Police Department at funeral and memorial details for active duty and retired officers. These details may include standing guard over the officer’s casket, carrying the casket to and from the hearse, placement of the casket at the burial site, folding of the National Colors, presentation of the Colors to the family of the officer, rifle salute, and the playing of Taps.

The Ceremonial Unit was formed in the summer of 2001 following the groundbreaking for the Ann Hoover Memorial Park in the North Hills Estates Neighborhood. The community’s positive response to the officers' performance was the motivating factor for the Unit’s formation.

The Ceremonial Unit was chosen by the Ross Township Board of Commissioners to lead the annual 4th of July Parade in 2002 and has lead this annual event every year since. Officers assigned to the Ceremonial Unit have put in numerous hours of training to ensure that their performances exemplify the pride and dedication of the Ross Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Our Records Division is responsible for all record keeping within the department. The records staff maintains all case files and accident reports and handles all requests for police reports. The Records Division also prepares all departmental correspondence.

The cost for accident reports is $15.00 and all other reports $.25/page payable by check or money order to Ross Township. The Records Division does not accept cash payments for police or accident reports. Requests for police or accident reports may be made by mail or phone. Requests made in person are accepted during normal business hours. When making a request for a police or accident report, please try to have the following information available: CCR or Report Number, Name of Complainant, Date of Incident, Location of Incident.

You can download the Right-To-Know Request Form and either send the form via U.S. Mail, Fax, or you can submit the form in person to the Records Division during normal hours of operation.

pdf Right-To-Know Request Form (38 KB)

Hours of Operation: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm.

The Records Division may be contacted at:

Ross Police Department
Attn: Records Division
1000 Ross Municipal Drive
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15237
412-931-9070