Upper St. Clair Township

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Emergency: 412-833-7500 or 911
Non-Emergency: 412-833-1113

The Department of Police is responsible for ensuring public safety and enforcing the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the laws and ordinances of the Township of Upper St. Clair. The Township has received national recognition as one of the top-ten safest communities compared with others of similar populations in the United States.

The Department's goal is to maintain a "can do" attitude in providing professional, around–the–clock quality service to the community of Upper St. Clair. As part of this effort, the Department is staffed by 35 full–time employees, 28 of whom are sworn police officers and divided into three main divisions: administrative, investigative, and patrol under the command of Chief Jonathan Wharton.

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Proactive Investigations

Do you have a security video camera on your home? The Upper St. Clair Police Department has a database of residents willing to share their video if it could help with a criminal investigation. If you are willing to be part of our database, please contact the Police Administration office at 412-833-1113 or email uscpd@twpusc.org; this is strictly voluntary.

Civil Service Board
The Civil Service Board was established to prepare eligibility lists for the hiring and promotion of personnel in police officer positions, except for the position of Chief of Police. This Board was originally established pursuant to the first-class Township Code and was maintained when the Township became a home rule municipality in 1976. The Civil Service Board meets only as needed to select new police officers, review officers for promotion, or review police disciplinary matters. The Board consists of members, each of whom is a full-time resident and qualified elector of the Township of Upper St. Clair. Members are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to serve for a 3-year term. Members of the Civil Service Board:

  • P. J. Murray III, Chairman
  • Neal Holmes, Secretary
  • Shon Worner 

USC Police Officer Requirements
Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum age of 23
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Four-year degree from accredited college or university
  • Completion of Act 120 Training
  • Physically fit for police duty
  • Good moral character
  • Valid license to operate a motor vehicle
  • Residency in the Township of Upper St. Clair is not a requirement

Officer Hiring Process Includes:

  • Job-related physical ability test
  • Written test – subject to successful physical ability test
  • Oral interview
  • Psychological and medical exam, including drug screening. 
  • Background Investigation, including a Polygraph or CVSA Examination

911 Calls
In December 1998, the Enhanced 911 system for this area was activated. When an Upper St. Clair resident dials 911 in an emergency, the call is initially sent to the Allegheny County 911 (AC911) Center located in Moon Township. The call is then transferred to the Upper St. Clair Dispatch Center along with the caller's phone number and address. The Upper St. Clair Dispatcher then calls the necessary emergency services (police or fire) to handle the emergency; AC911 also notifies USCPD Dispatch Center of any medical call that they have dispatched in Upper St. Clair (see below for additional information on this process).

Beginning in early January 2024, Tri-Community South (TCS) EMS, which handles medical emergencies and serves Bethel Park, South Park and Upper St. Clair, will be dispatched directly by Allegheny County 911. AC911 will take all emergency calls and directly dispatch TCS EMS. As in the past, the Upper St. Clair Dispatch Center will continue to operate as a ringdown center and will receive and dispatch police and fire while maintaining the personal point of contact at the Municipal Building for its residents.

AC911 will simultaneously transfer the call to the Upper St. Clair Dispatch Center, which will send any necessary support services, including police and/or fire. This revised dispatching should be seamless and allow for improved operations. The caller for emergency services will not notice any difference in call taking and dispatching.

For all other emergency or non-emergency services, residents may still dial 412-833-7500, which will send you to Upper St. Clair Dispatch Center. Whether you call 911 or 412-833-7500, you will still get an emergency dispatcher rendering services you need in a timely manner.

If you call 911 in error, you should always remain on the line and tell the dispatcher that you dialed in error. If you just hang up, the dispatcher must verify that there is no emergency at that location by calling back. If verification cannot be made by phone, then a police officer must be sent to the location of the call to verify the situation.