Free “hands-on” CPR course

Pittsburgh EMS in conjunction with UPMC, is beginning a city-wide Citizen CPR training program in 2016. Residents and community leaders, like the members of the Polish Hill Association, who reside in Police Zone 2 are the first to learn this life-saving technique.

Called Bystander CPR or “hands only” CPR, it allows time for anyone to initiate resuscitation protocols and improve the ultimate outcomes of patients suffering from medical emergencies, specifically cardiac arrest. The goal in 2016 is to train at least 2,500 Pittsburgh residents in this and the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) protocols.

free 30 minute non-certificate course will be hosted by the Zone 2 Public Safety Council  at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 28beginning at 6:00 p.m at the Bedford Hope Center, 2305 Bedford Ave.

For more information, contact Liz Style: or 412- 255-8977 .


Liz Style, Coordinator: SaferTogether, collaborative strategies for community safety

City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Safety

City County Building
414 Grant Street, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

412-432-8505 cell

412-255-8977 office

Zone 2 Public Safety Meeting, Thursday January 26

District 7 Councilman Patrick Dowd invites you to join the Zone 2 Public Safety Council for a meeting this Thursday evening.  Director Michael Huss of the City’s Public Safety Department will be in attendance.  Everyone concerned about public safety in Zone 2 neighborhoods is welcome.  The Zone 2 neighborhoods within Council District 7 are Central Lawrenceville, Lower Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, the Strip District, and the Upper Hill.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 26, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at the Hill House, Conference Room A (2nd Fl), 1835 Centre Avenue, in the Hill District.


Pittsburgh Citizens Police Academy

Officer Janine Davis, Polish Hill’s Community Liaison from Zone 2, sent this along:

Twice a year, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police sponsors an opportunity for members of the community to become closely acquainted with the roles and responsibilities of the Police Bureau.  The Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) brings the police and the community close together in a setting that offers a sample of police training to each participant.

Participants receive three hours of training one evening each week for 15 weeks in many of the varied functions of law enforcement.  They experience some of the highlights of police training and are exposed to the operations of the police bureau.  Participants are taught the basics of criminal law, search and seizure, patrol tactics, firearms and many other subjects.  They learn about the processing of a crime scene, how police canines are used, and are exposed to many of the specialty police units. CPA participants meet and talk with many of the street officers as well as the command staff and training staff that serves them.  All this takes place in a safe and entertaining training environment.

Instructors are law enforcement professionals who teach both veteran and recruit police officers.  Students leave this training with a greater understanding of the police mission and with an increased ability to see how the police serve the community.

NOTE:  This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer.

The next session of the CPA will begin on Monday, September 12, 2011, at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church located at 801 Union Place, Room 120 (located behind 250 East Ohio Street on the North Side). The program will be held each Monday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for 15 weeks.

Class size is limited to 30 participants.  All interested persons must complete an application and give permission for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to conduct a background check to determine if they have a criminal record.  The CPA application can be found at

For more information on the City of Pittsburgh Citizen’s Police Academy, please contact Lieutenant Jennifer Ford at Pittsburgh Police Training Academy, 1395 Washington Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA  15206.  Or call (412)665-3600, or email

PSA: arrests made in holdups

Many people saw the news items last week in the Post-Gazette or WTAE about three teens arrested for armed holdups in Oakland and the Hill District.  These incidents sounded a lot like what happened in Polish Hill a couple of weeks ago.  We asked our community liaison, Officer Janine Davis of Zone 2, if she could let us know if she heard anything.  She has just responded:

“I just received confirmation that the 3 actors arrested last week are in fact the ones who struck in Polish Hill and Lawrenceville (I’m not sure which robbery in Lawrenceville at this time).  I will keep you updated.”

So, Polish Hill can breathe easier.  Our crime rate is generally so low that incidents like these really stand out.  The best way to fight crime is to communicate, and do our part.  If you see something that doesn’t look right, call 911, don’t wait for someone else to do it.

In some situations, calling the police can be awkward.  If a close-by neighbor has a domestic situation, or might be dealing drugs, you might not want them to know who reported them.  When you call 911, tell them your concern and provide your phone number.  The reporting officers can call instead of knocking on your door.  Another option is to file a silent complaint report.  You can find forms online; we also have them at the PHCA office.

And don’t forget — tell the police you want to file a report.  They don’t do it automatically.  Without a report, there is no record kept of the incident, so we can’t tell if there are patterns of activity.

Stolen motorcycle

We saw this poignant plea on Craigslist…can you help?

A black 2006 Harley Davidson FLSTCI Heritage Softail Classic, Plate: HCF-17, was stolen from in front of the Rock Room bar in Polish Hill at about 1:00 am on Saturday June 12.

The owner says:  “Please keep an eye out for the bike or any parts you may see for sale from it including the plate itself. Please contact me if you have any information about this bike. We desparately would like to get it back.  Also feel free to leave a tip for the police. They took a report this morning and will have it on file (report #144702)”

Feel free to call: Kristy or Shawn at 412-889-5828

Thank you all! Ride safe!

Crime Stats for Polish Hill

Officer Davis stopped by the membership meeting last night to let us know about Polish Hill’s crime statistics. As you can see, Polish Hill has little to know crime over the last eight months. You can click on the image below for a larger image —


Several residents have brought up speeding issues. Officer Davis will be looking into this but encourages everyone to contact her with any questions or concerns about the Polish Hill neighborhood. You can reach her by email at or by phone at 412-255-2827.