Three professional civilian employees staff the administrative division. Their primary function is to maintain the department records and informational systems in the Police Department. They are also involved in planning, research, and development activities as well as performing the staff functions for the Office of the Chief of Police.
The Police Department maintains a 24-hour desk/communication center to handle direct emergency calls, 911 ring down emergency calls, walk-in complaints, and non-emergency complaints. The center is staffed by one of four civilian dispatchers or a uniformed police officer at all times. The center provides dispatch services for the Upper St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department, South Hills Cooperative Animal Control (USC residents only), and the Upper St. Clair Police Department.
Three investigators and a juvenile officer staff this unit of the Police Department. Their duties include extensive follow-up investigations of criminal complaints, handling the Police Department's community relations, and crime prevention activities. Additionally, they coordinate the Police Department's cases with other agencies and operate as the court liaison in criminal prosecutions. The juvenile officer is the primary investigator for ChildLine investigations that have been referred to our Department by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office .
The Patrol Division is the unit that contains the bulk of the workforce of the Police Department. The Patrol Division consists of four squads of officers who maintain 24-hour patrol of the community. Their duties include answering calls for service, conducting initial investigations, traffic enforcement, and accident investigation.
The Traffic Division consists of officers tasked with enforcing the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code and conducting traffic studies. The primary goal of the Traffic Division is to maintain the safety of roadways throughout Upper St. Clair.
Mountain Bike/Quad Unit
The Department maintains a group of officers who specialize in mountain bike and quad patrol. These officers routinely patrol the larger parks in the Township, which would otherwise be inaccessible by traditional patrol methods. They also assist in larger events like the Fourth of July celebration and USC Community Day.
Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP)
The Upper St. Clair Police Department has officers certified to enforce commercial vehicle regulations through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). MCSAP officers are tasked with keeping unsafe commercial drivers and hazardous vehicles from the state roadways throughout the Township.
SHACOG Emergency Response Teams
The Upper St. Clair Police Department participates in the South Hills Area Council of Governments (SHACOG) Cooperative Emergency Response Program to better serve the residents of Upper St. Clair. The program includes the following teams:
-Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
-Accident Reconstruction Team
-Cooperative Investigative Team (CIT)
-Support Team (Mobile Field Force)
Each team is staffed with officers throughout the South Hills area who have received advanced and specialized training in their specific fields.
DUI Task Force
The Department is a member of the Mt. Lebanon Area DUI Task Force, which helps keep impaired drivers off of the roadway. The Task Force runs both roving and stationary checkpoints throughout the year. The initiative is funded through grants from PennDOT's Highway Safety Program.