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

On Monday 01/15/18 at 1020hrs Ronald Nash was taken into custody without incident at Smoker’s Express. Thank you all for your assistance.

The Altoona Police Department was honored to be part of the “Blue Lives Matter” service at the Faith Baptist Church this past Sunday. 11 APD Officers, 4 PSP troopers, 1 UPMC officer, and the Blair County District Attorney were all in attendance and overwhelmed with the gratitude and support of the Faith Baptist Church. Thank you so much to Pastor Gary Dull and the entire congregation. Words can’t describe how much it means to us that you are praying for our officers on a daily basis. God Bless 🙏🏼✝️

APD Officers, Altoona Fire, Penelec, and Highway Dept. are currently on scene of what is believed to be an underground electrical fire at the intersection of 12th St. and 13th Ave. Please avoid this area due to the roadways being shut down in all directions. We will update you as soon as we have anything further. Thank you

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK **WANTED** RONALD H. NASH has an active warrant through the Altoona Police Department for Escape, Disorderly Conduct, and Public Drunkenness. Nash is known to be homeless at times and frequents the Altoona and Hollidaysburg area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of RONALD NASH please contact the Altoona Police Department at 814-949-2490 or send a private message to this page. Thank you

A big thank you to the Jessica DeGennaro family and Because We Care Foundation for their gracious act of appreciation yesterday for our local law enforcement. Officers were able to stop on or off duty and enjoy a delicious sandwich from 12Eleven Brisket who are also a big supporter of law enforcement. Thank you for your support 👍🏼

We would like to thank Texas Roadhouse and all of their young customers for presenting us with these cards and some treats for Law Enforcement Appreciation Day! When I contacted the manager of Texas Roadhouse to thank him, he informed me that the cards were made by children who were customers with their families on “Kids Night” at the restaurant. He stated that the kids were so happy to make them and had so much appreciation for police officers. It’s so awesome to hear that the children were more than willing to take time during their meal to thank our officers and enjoyed every minute of it. Texas Roadhouse has always been a HUGE supporter of law enforcement since they came to the Altoona area. It definitely does not go unnoticed by our officers. Once again thank you to all who participated and here are a few examples of the many cards we received. 😍🇨🇱👍🏼 HAPPY LAW ENFORCEMENT APPRECIATION DAY to our officers and fellow departments!!! 👮🏻‍♂️

Between the dates of Dec. 17th to January 6th this 2016 KTM 250-SXF dirt bike was stolen from a garage near the Wehnwood section of Altoona. Anyone who sees this dirt bike or has any information regarding the theft, please contact Ptlm. Burns at our station or send a private message to this page. Thank you

Surveillance footage of a hit & run accident at 19th St. and 6th Ave. that occurred last night 01/06/18 at 10:40 pm. The driver of the striking vehicle fled on foot prior to officer’s arrival, however we do have a suspect. Anyone with additional information regarding this accident, please contact Ptlm. Gormish of the Altoona Police Dept. or send a message to this page. Thank you

It has been brought to my attention that several people have received phone calls from an individual asking for donations to the Altoona Police Department. This is a SCAM, so please do not release any information if you receive a call of this nature. One reported telephone number was listed as 814-889-0376. Once again this call is not coming from our department and is a scam! Please feel free to share to notify others, thank you.

We would like to give you an update on priority calls this morning, however frigid temperatures seem to be an excellent crime deterrent. Thanks to all emergency services who are out working with us right now. Stay warm and stay safe Altoona. ☃️❄️👮🏻‍♂️

FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK **WANTED** Brooke Patterson has an active warrant through the Altoona Police Department for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and related offenses. This warrant was issued on October 20th, 2017. Patterson is known to frequent the Altoona, Bellwood, and Tyrone area. Patterson also has an active warrant out of Berks County, PA related to prostitution charges, making her APD’s FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of BROOKE PATTERSON please contact the Altoona Police Dept. at 814-949-2490 or send a private message to this page. Thank you.

Truly inspirational story of Officer H.T. Fownes of the Allegheny Twp. Police Department. The Altoona Police Department would like to recognize Officer Paul Nagle and Officer Jim Brantner for saving their brother’s life. Thank you for your dedication to the job Officer Fownes. Incredible job done by all involved and very well written by Greg Bock! Welcome back Officer Fownes!

The Altoona Police Department would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! We have extra officers on throughout the night to ensure everyone’s safety. Please don’t drink and drive. Be responsible and call an Uber or Taxi, they have extra vehicles out tonight also. Oh and if you could refrain from drinking and fighting too, that would be awesome 👍🏼. Thank you for all of your support in 2017. Let’s make 2018 even better! God Bless 🎉🇺🇸🎊

Saturday December 30, 2017 - 0050hrs: DUI arrest at 6th Ave & 7th St - 0128hrs: DUI arrest on the 1000 blk of 8th Ave. - 0157hrs: DUI arrest at 27th St & Walnut Ave. - 0205hrs: Two juvenile males broke into an abandoned residence on the 1400 blk. of Washington Ave. and tried to flee upon police arrival. Males were apprehended at the rear of the residence by officers. Males charged with criminal trespass and other offenses - 0245hrs: Heroin overdose at 1911 1/2 5th Ave. Patient was administered Narcan by AMED and revived - 0346hrs: A runaway juvenile male was observed at 1701 7th Ave. Sheetz by a patrol officer. Runaway was also with a 15yr old female. Juveniles were transported to APD where it was discovered that the juvenile male had stolen items on his person including debit cards from various vehicle entries. - 0519hrs: Minor motor vehicle accident at Margaret Ave. and 17th street resulting in a DUI arrest - 0942hrs: Motor vehicle accident on the 100 blk. of S. 5th St. resulting in a DUI arrest - 1304hrs: A warrant arrest for theft by deception. While serving the warrant, officers located an additional person inside the residence who was arrested for a PFA violation. *** I would also like to add that on Friday December 29th 2017 at 2000hrs, officers were dispatched to 501 24th St. for report of two unresponsive males who were believed to be deceased. Two responding APD officers who quickly arrived on scene did not hesitate in administering Narcan simultaneously to each patient. AMED arrived on scene shortly after and administered additional doses of Narcan, ultimately saving their lives. Thanks to the quick actions of officers and AMED, both men survived and received further treatment at UPMC Altoona***

Check out this great post by the Because We Care Foundation. The Altoona Police Department is proud to be a part of this feel good story. Thank you Deputy Laich for positively impacting this young girl’s life while serving our department. A very humbling part of police work that this little girl will never forget. Thanks to Cpl. Vasil for providing a guided tour of the department and to the children and their families for making us all smile yesterday. Of course a big thank you to the Because We Care Foundation for what they do for children every day.

Mr. Jackson came home and is in good health. Thank you all for the comments and shares.

Please help the Altoona Police Dept. get to 50,000 likes on Facebook! The views have really picked up over the past week and we want to keep going in the right direction. I will be sending invites to those of you who have liked our posts, but have yet to like the page. Please recommend our page to your friends and share this post. Thank you so much for being part of our network. Let’s reach this goal! 👍🏼👮🏻‍♂️🇺🇸👍🏼

On behalf of the entire Altoona Police Dept. we wish you a very Merry Christmas. May your day be filled with peace, love, and happiness. Thank you for supporting our officers this holiday season. God Bless.

*These are not nearly all of the calls that officers handled on this date, but only some of the more noteworthy to keep you informed. Saturday December 23, 2017 - DUI arrest at Frankstown Rd & Longfellow Ave. - DUI arrest and Blair Co Sheriff’s warrant arrest on the 200 blk. of 1st Ave. alley. - Aggravated assault arrest on the 2400 blk. of Broad Ave. Male suspect assaulted another male, knocking him unconscious. The suspect then proceeded to assault a female, breaking her jaw in two places which required immediate surgery in Pittsburgh. - A female urinated on a church on the 2400 blk. of Broad Ave. in the presence of officers. Female charged with open lewdness, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness. - DUI arrest on the 200 blk. Of E. Pleasant Valley Blvd. - 37yr old female cardiac arrest with extensive medical history. - 17 yr old juvenile domestic disturbance with family involving a large butcher knife. No persons were injured, juvenile safely located and treated by UPMC crisis.

Due to recent movement within the department, this page is under new administration. I would like to thank our previous administrator and congratulate him on his retirement. I would like to continue the success of this page and would also like to increase department and community relations. Our Facebook followers have assisted in countless investigations which has ultimately led to safer neighborhoods for our families. The immediate shares of missing persons and/or dangerous suspects has often led to positive resolutions thanks to all of you. This also provides an opportunity to shed a positive light on the department by sharing the work and community service that the men and women of APD experience on a daily basis. I am asking for the community’s help and advice on what you would like to see more of on this page. Please provide any input on what changes you would like to see made. I encourage all to exercise your 1st amendment right involving freedom of speech, but please keep it clean. There are many young followers on this page. Vulgar language that is inappropriate including cursing and racism will be removed. Shots at the department are usually laughed off and we will roll with the punches. All that I ask is that you refrain from keeping it personal with individual officers and their families. I look forward to serving as your new administrator and will carefully consider all advice provided. This position is voluntary and is an additional duty at the end of the day. Most of the work on this page is completed off-duty or between calls etc. I will check messages and respond as often as I can, but please call 911 for emergencies and our desk officer at 814-949-2489 for non-emergencies. Thank you for your continued support of the Altoona Police Department. Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Professional’s Auto Body once again teamed up with the Altoona and Logan Twp. Police Departments to bring another local family some extra holiday cheer this Christmas. This family’s youngest son suffers from a rare genetic chromosome disorder and the officers were honored to provide a little extra assistance to them this holiday season. These pictures truly say it all with the amount of joy and happiness that was experienced by both the family and officers. The Altoona Police Dept. is very proud that we had the opportunity to be a part of this special moment. A big thank you goes out to the family for inviting us into your home, Professional’s Auto Body, Chief Tim Mercer of the Logan Twp. Police Dept, and Detective Nichole Douglas along with Cpl. Dan Vasil of the Altoona Police Dept. Outstanding job to all involved! God Bless.