The Department Today
The Ross Township Police Department is a full service department, comprised of 43 full time sworn officers, 2 office clerks and 21 school crossing guards. The current organizational structure is as follows:
- 1 Chief
- 2 Lieutenants
- 8 Sergeants
- 2 Detectives
- 3 Traffic Officers
- 26 Patrol Officers
- 3 Police Canines
How the Department Works
We are somewhat unique with respect to most other communities in Allegheny County. Although the population of Ross is approximately 35,000 residents, The Ross Police service upwards of 250,000 people on any given day. Three main arteries going North out of Pittsburgh pass through Ross Township. McKnight Road, one of the most highly traveled roads through the township, has an extensive business and retail district.
Three major shopping malls, five strip malls and numerous individual businesses line both sides of the road from Babcock Blvd to Peebles Road. Approximately 75% of the criminal activity in Ross is generated within this corridor. Also within Ross Township’s 14.3 square miles, there are three senior citizen high rise complexes, an abundance of neighborhood communities consisting of single family homes and several multi-story apartment complexes.
Due to the dynamic makeup of Ross Township, the Police Department responds to over 20,000 calls for assistance from residents and businesses per year. The Ross Township Police Department issues traffic citations in order to curb aggressive and careless driving, keeping the roadways of the township as safe as possible for residents and visitors. Along with normal patrol duties, the officers and detectives investigate almost 2,000 criminal incidents each year and make over 600 arrests. Officers also respond to more than 1,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. The Ross Township Police Department also offers a number of informative programs through our Community Policing Unit.
Home of the Department
The Ross Police Department is housed on the first floor of the Ross Township Municipal Center. The station is accessible from both McKnight Road and Evergreen Road.