The Hermitage Police Department is headed by the Chief of Police, assisted by the Deputy Chief of Police, and consists of twenty-eight full-time officers and three full-time clerical personnel. The Department is located at 800 North Hermitage Road in the ground level of the Hermitage Municipal Building. It provides full police services twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year. Services include uniformed patrol, traffic enforcement, juvenile and criminal investigation, crime prevention programs, and the up keeping of criminal history records.
The department houses a crime/evidence laboratory and a fully-equipped crime scene processing van, and uses laptop computers in patrol vehicles for records access and report writing. Officers are highly trained, with certified specialists in areas such as traffic accident investigation/reconstruction, crime scene processing, evidence testing, firearms use and qualification, crime prevention, criminal investigation and hostage negotiation among others.
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Mercer County Crime Solvers – Text-a-Tip Program
Text – TIP477 and your message to CRIMES (274637)
* Standard text message & data rates may apply.
The Mercer County Crime Solvers Program in collaboration with the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association has added a new tool to assist law enforcement in combating crime. Mercer County residents now have the ability to anonymously text message crime tips to CRIMES (274637) and the crime tip will be directed to law enforcement. Similar programs have been established across the country and in Canada with great success.
The crime tip is sent to a main server that is not associated with any police agency. The Internet based systems route messages through a server that encrypts the cell phone numbers before they reach the police.
Text Tip477 and your message to CRIMES (274637) and the cell phone number will be stripped from the message before it is forwarded to the Mercer County 911 Center. A user id number will be assigned to the tip by the server. The user id is the only information sent with your tip to the 911 Center, An exception to this rule is if you have a signature attached to your texts. Your signature should be disabled before sending the tip or else it will appear in the body of the tip.
Text-A-Tip provides anonymous two-way communication between the tipster and the police. This program enables police officers to contact the tipster if they need additional information to follow-up on the tip effectively.
City of Hermitage Police Department Right-to-Know Policy
According to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, public records are to be accessible for inspection and duplication by any person who is a legal resident of the United States, unless the record, information or access is otherwise limited or prohibited by law. This general order will provide guidelines and procedures to follow regarding this Act.
It shall be the policy of the Hermitage Police Department that all officers and personnel shall become familiar with and comply with the provisions of this general order.
City of Hermitage Right-to-Know Officer
Gary P. Hinkson, City Manager
City of Hermitage Municipal Building
800 North Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148
P: (724) 981-0800
F: (724) 981-2008
Robert G. Kochems
District Attorney of Mercer County
Room 209, Mercer County Courthouse
Mercer, Pennsylvania 16137
P: 724-662-3800 x2287
Solicitation: Hermitage has an ordinance which requires businesses and non-profit organizations to obtain solicitation permits. The police department verifies whether those soliciting have ever been convicted of a crime – in which case the permit would be denied. People who have been granted permission to solicit are given an identification card. So if you are approached by someone who is not wearing the proper identification, call 911.
Accident Reports: The police department will make available copies of accident reports at a cost of $5.00 for Hermitage residents and $10.00 for non-residents.
C.O.P.S. Program: The Hermitage Police Department recognizes the importance of providing crime prevention techniques, and “Community Oriented Policing Services” offers programs and services to the community such as: bicycle safety and registration; home security; operation identification (personal property IDs); personal security (how not to become a victim); senior citizen crime prevention programs; plus many more. If you are interested in any of these programs or would like a full list of additional programs, call the Hermitage Police Department at (724) 983-6780 and ask for Police Chief Blair, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service: When in need of police response, CALL 911. This number is for anytime you need a police officer to respond to your home or business. The 911 office is located in Mercer with the capability of identifying the address and phone number from which you are calling. This service is called Enhanced 911 and is paid in part each month as a special charge on your telephone.
If there is an after hour administrative question that will not require a police officer response, you can call 724-662-6100 and speak to an employee of the 911 center. To contact the administrative offices of the Hermitage police department, you can call the numbers listed below between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday:
FINGERPRINT HOURS : Monday – Thursday, 9AM – 4PM. NO FINGERPRINTS ARE DONE ON FRIDAY.
In the event of high call volume, fingerprint times may not be applicable. If an officer is on an emergency call, he will not return to the station to do fingerprinting.
Fingerprinting is done “free of charge” if you live or work in Hermitage. Photo ID with proof of residency is required to be fingerprinted (i.e. driver’s license). If you are NOT a resident of Hermitage, you will be directed to your local police department
Records and Information: 724-983-6780
Investigation and Juvenile: 724-983-6782
Fax Line: 724-983-6786
Other phone numbers of reference for police-related issues:
District Judge for Hermitage: 724-346-3591
Mercer County Courthouse: 724-662-3800
PA State Police: 724-662-4200
Relevant Forms and Documents
- Chapter 6 – Conduct Ordinances
- Chapter 10 – Health and Safety Ordinances
- Alarm Ordinance
- Noise Ordinance
- Transient Retail Business Licensing & Regulations
- Transient Business License Application
- Automatic Amusement Devices Ordinances
- PA Child Abuse History Clearance Forms (PA Department of Public Welfare)
- PA Criminal Records Check Form (Pa Department of Public Welfare)
- Person with Disability Parking Placard / License Plate Application (PennDOT)
For more information, contact:
Mr. Brian Blair, Chief of Police
800 North Hermitage Road
Hermitage, PA 16148
24 hour, non-emergency contact: 724-662-6110