Altoona Police Department

  • Agency: Altoona Police Department
  • Address: 1106 16th Street, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, 16603-1805 PA
  • Chief: Janice Freehling (Chief of Police)
Phone: 814-949-2489
Fax: (814) 944-5001

Altoona Police Department is located at 1106 16th Street, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, 16603-1805 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Janice Freehling. The Altoona Police Department phone number is 814-949-2489.

Altoona Police Department News

The Altoona Police Department along with the Altoona School District Police are currently investigating various threats that have been made over the past few days. Those threats concerned the Senior and Junior High Schools. We are pleased to report that there are currently no known safety concerns about either school at this time. There is still an active investigation that is taking place, but all safety concerns that have been brought to our attention have been addressed. There will be additional security measures in place at various times this week in the interest of thoroughness and the safety of our children.

We would like to thank the teachers and students from Stepping Stones Daycare & Pre School for their art work. We really enjoy getting these kinds of messages from our youth. It is important for them to know that police officers are their friends and here to help in their time of need. Thank you all!

Remember, The Altoona Police Department and Because We Care Foundation will be handing out candy at the police department Thursday October 26th from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. Additionally, officers in their patrol cars will also have candy to distribute too! We would just ask that parents make sure that your children use caution when approaching the police cars and keep in mind that officers may have to depart quickly in the event an emergency call is received. Everyone enjoy the evening and be safe!

The Logan Township Police Department - Blair County is asking for your assistance in identifying the pictured female. Anyone with information about her identity is asked to call LTPD or message this page.

Located and safe. Thank you.

LOCATED AND SAFE LOCATED AND SAFE The Altoona Police Department is attempting to locate the pictured individual. His name is Jay Sanker DOB 3/16/98 6’ 180-200 lbs he was last seen wearing black glasses, black pirates ball cap, black cargo pants , black T-shirt. He has a tattoo sleeve on left arm with cross, trees, wildlife, deer and a wolf howling. Jay is currently experiencing some emotional issues and his safety could be at risk. He was last seen in the Juniata area of Altoona. Anyone with information relating to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Altoona Police Department.

We would like to send out a big thank you to Holy Trinity Catholic School who honored first responders on Thursday and distributed survival kits for police officers. These kinds of gestures are priceless to our officers. Thank you to all of the students and staff!

Please Join us and the folks from Because We Care Foundation on Trick or Treat night on October 26th, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM. We will be passing out candy and giving children of all ages an opportunity to meet with police officers and Chance the mascot of Because we care!

Halloween will be celebrated on Thursday October 26th, 2017. Trick or Treating will be between the hours of 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Attached are some safety tips for you and your children. Please be safe and have a ghoulishly good time!

On October 11th, 2017 the Pennsylvania State Police responded to the Puff tobacco store in Bellwood for a report of an armed robbery. The State Police broadcasted the description of a vehicle used in the commission of the crime. Officers from the Altoona Police Department were made aware. A detective from the Altoona Police Department recognized the description of the vehicle as being associated with a Burglary that he was investigating and advised them that Michael Rupert was the suspect in the Burglary. The suspects residence was placed under surveillance and patrol officers were on the lookout for the vehicle and Rupert. Patrol officers from the Altoona Police Department observed a vehicle matching the description as well as the named suspect in the Burglary and detained him based on probable cause. A search of the vehicle revealed a BB gun and U.S. Currency as well as clothing matching the description of what was worn during the Bellwood Robbery. Rupert and a female accomplice by the name of Carli Aungst were subsequently taken into custody for the Robbery. At this time the PA State Police and the Altoona Police Department are conducting a joint investigation into the previous 6 Robberies. At this time we anticipate additional charges being filed. The attached photo of Mr. Rupert was taken at the time of his arrest last evening. No photo of Ms. Aungst is available at this time. Further details will be released as they become available. We would like to thank the PA State Police in Hollidaysburg and Ebensburg for their assistance and cooperation in this investigation.

We are pleased to announce an arrest in the tobacco store robbery in Bellwood tonight. The Altoona Police Department along with the Pennsylvania State Police are currently conducting a joint investigation into the robbery. More information will become available tomorrow.

The zombies are coming this weekend to the downtown area! Here is a list of some of the kid friendly events that will be taking place. For a full schedule of events check out!

Let's get Blair Township Police Department some likes. They just started the page to keep their citizens informed and give them an active role in policing their community.

Check out Alleghany Township Police Department's page.

Officer Thompson got involved with Rockin Altoona. Some of these rocks were found around the police station and hid again around the city near Booker T Washington play park. It's great to see our officers taking some time to get involved with our youth! Check out their Facebook page Rockin' Altoona, PA.

There are a number of scams that are going around the area these days. The latest is one where the caller identifies themselves as the Sheriff and advising people that they failed to appear for a Grand Jury proceeding. People are asked to make payment as a fine with gift cards and iTunes cards. Any person who calls representing themselves as a public utility, law enforcement agency or other government entity will not ask you to pay with any type of currency other than cash or check. If you have any question about the validity of the call that you have received disconnect and contact the company that is being represented in person or on the web. Many places post the presence of scams on their web sites.

The Altoona Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at the ARC Credit Union located in The Juniata section of Altoona. The suspect entered the store wearing a hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a bandanna over his face. The suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money. The suspect appears to have fled on foot. Convenience stores, small businesses and the general public are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity that you may see. This is the third armed robbery in blair county in a little over a week. Two in the city and one in Duncansville. Anyone with information about these robberies may qualify for a reward of up to $2000 through Blair County Crime Solvers.

Please see the attached press release from the Duncansville Police Department regarding an armed robbery in the borough.This is the second armed robbery in Blair County in the last week.

The Fall/Winter hours for the pedestrian crossover downtown will change as of September 22nd, 2017. The bridge will now be open from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.

On September 17th, 2017 at approximately 9:55 PM the pictured white male entered the Nic's Grab-N-Go located on the 1000 block of 6th Ave and displayed a gun demanding money. The suspect is described as a white male approximately 5'10" wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie and a blue bandana with white markings on it. The gun was a silver/black handgun. Anyone that may recognize the suspects clothing or have information relating to the incident is asked to call 814-949-2518 and speak with the investigating detective.

We would like to thank the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church for providing their annual breakfast for first responders. All of the folks that worked so hard to provide the delicious breakfast were so kind and friendly. This gesture of kindness is appreciated more than you will ever know. Thanks you!

SAVE THE DATE! We’ve heard that the Zombies are returning! Mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, for Altoona’s second annual all-out weekend of zombies, live music, vendors, activities, games and more. The zombies come to life for the official kickoff of ZombieTown USA on Friday, October 6, with a Blood Frenzy blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross, followed by a concert at the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum. Join “PennterA” for a full night of music by the headlining PanterA tribute band and local opening band, Small Town Horror Show. Festivities continue on Saturday, October 7, with the second annual Zombie Fun Run through downtown Altoona’s streets and alleys, followed by Altoona’s first ever (as far as we know) Halloween parade. Zombies and monsters are all invited to take part in this special, open-to-everyone parade. So start working on your ugliest costume, foulest float, most dreadful monster marching routines, and noisiest band arrangements for this outrageous event. To save a space for YOUR entry, contact Our zombie-themed vendors, dark art exhibit curated by 321 Gallery, safe zones and other activities return on Saturday, providing an immersive experience for families in downtown Altoona. The experience will be capped off with an adult-oriented concert at Heritage Plaza. The Altoona Mirror and City Beverage Present Agent Smith as “Agent in Chains” an Alice in Chains tribute followed by Black Sun. Come in your worst zombie look. Bring your friends, family, and neighbors. For more information, visit

The Altoona Police Department would like to take a moment to remember those people who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. From the first responders that rushed those buildings to help, not knowing if they were going to make it out, to the innocent people just going about their daily lives, living the American dream. And to those who still suffer today as a result of that cowardice attack, you remain in our thoughts. We will never forget.

The Altoona Police Department is attempting to identify the individual pictured on the motorcycle. He has been observed driving in a reckless manner and fleeing from police, endangering other drivers as well as himself and law enforcement. Upon fleeing the individual has driven to the Greenwood section of Altoona. Anyone who may recognize the bike, clothing or helmet of the suspect is asked to contact Altoona Police at 814-949-2489 option #1.