Brian Kohlhepp : CAL U

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Brian Kohlhepp


  • B.A.: Criminal Justice, Waynesburg University
  • M.A.: Social Science/Criminal Justice, California University of Pennsylvania


Brian Kohlhepp is a native of the Pittsburgh area, where he still lives with his family. He is currently a detective with the Ross Township Police Department. In this capacity, he is the primary investigator in the Ross Police Forensic Investigation Unit. Detective Kohlhepp has conducted forensic investigations and has processed crime scenes ranging from death investigation and sexual assault to burglary and theft. He has more than 800 hours of specialized training. In addition to forensics, Detective Kohlhepp also investigates all major criminal incidents, such as suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, child abuse, robbery, fraud and drug violations. He is a certified instructor in policing through the FBI and currently teaches police recruits in a variety of policing subjects at the Allegheny County Police Academy. He has a BA from Waynesburg University in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from Cal U (summa cum laude).

Det. Kohlhepp was the lead investigator in a multi-jurisdictional investigation of a violent serial rapist that gained national media attention and led to an arrest and successful prosecution. In addition, he has worked with the FBI and was detailed to Pittsburgh Police Homicide for the homicide of an armored truck employee and robbery of $2.3 million. This included a national manhunt that gained significant media attention and was featured on "America's Most Wanted." This case resulted in an arrest in Florida. Det. Kohlhepp has received numerous letters and commendations from his department, the FBI and other police agencies he has assisted. 

He also is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the International Association for Identification; the Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification, where he is currently president; and the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis.

Det. Kohlhepp serves as an adjunct instructor of forensic and criminal investigative courses in the Department of Professional Studies at Cal U. He is also an instructor of criminal investigation and forensic continuing education classes for attorneys and law enforcement at the Institute for Law and Public Policy at Cal U.


  • Forensic Photography, Digital Imaging and the Law
  • Sexual Assault Investigations

Service Learning Projects

Det. Kohlhepp runs a Christian sports camp for high school students at the Jumonville Retreat Center, a summer camp of the United Methodist Church.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Professional Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • M.S. Legal Studies