The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office was founded in 1789 and remains the longest tenured law enforcement agency in the county. Soon after the United States and Great Britain ended the Revolutionary War, Sheriff James Morrison assumed office in January of 1789.
The current Sheriff, William P. Mullen has served Allegheny County since he assumed office in 2006 and was elected and re-elected in 2006, 2009, 2013, and 2017. Prior to his service at the county-level, Mullen spent thirty-seven years with the City of Pittsburgh Police. Mullen ended his time with the City of Pittsburgh as the Deputy Chief, second in command.
The Sheriff’s Office remains the most diverse office in the state, as Allegheny County Sheriff’s Deputies are the only deputies in the state with police powers. As of 2020, the office is organized into three branches: Civil, Courts, and Investigations. Additionally, Administration, Crime Prevention, K9 Unit, Police Academy and Reserves are directly overseen by the Chief Deputy Kevin M. Kraus, like the three aforementioned branches. In total, the office employs 160+ Sheriff’s Deputies and 30+ civilians.
The Civil Division is divided into seven subdivisions (Civil Process, Evidence, Firearms, Real Estate, Transportation, Warrants, and Writs) and is overseen by one commander, one lieutenant and three sergeants.
The Courts Division is divided into six subdivisions (Civil Court, Criminal Court, Family Court, Juvenile Court, Municipal Court, Orphans Court, and Prisoner Hospital Watch) and is overseen by one commander, two lieutenants, and eight sergeants.
The Investigations Division is divided into five subdivisions (two criminal fugitive squads, non-support fugitive squad, uniformed deputies, and housing warrants) and is overseen by one lieutenant and two sergeants.
In addition to the Sheriff’s fugitive squads, the Sheriff’s Office has nine deputies designated to federal and local task forces, including:
• Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms & Explosives (ATF)
• Allegheny County District Attorney (DA)
• Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
• Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
• United States Marshals Service, Western District of PA (USMS)
In two hundred-plus years of existence, the Sheriff’s Office has lost seven Sheriff’s Deputies in the line of duty: