Brian Kohlhepp

Brian Kohlhepp

Adjunct Faculty



Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice


Master of Arts, Social Science/Criminal Justice, Summa cum Laude 


     Brian Kohlhepp is a native of the Pittsburgh area where he still lives with his family.  Detective Kohlhepp’s background is in various aspects of private security to include uniformed work, plain-clothes, and investigations prior to entering policing.  He is currently a Detective at 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.  In addition to the forensics, Detective Kohlhepp investigates all major criminal incidents such as suspicious deaths, sexual assaults, and child abuse.  He has over 900 hours of specialized training in various policing subjects.  He has a BA from Waynesburg University in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from California University of Pennsylvania (Summa cum Laude). 

     In addition, he is a certified instructor in policing through the FBI and currently teaches police recruits at the Allegheny County Police Academy.  Detective Kohlhepp is on faculty teaching undergraduate and graduate classes for John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and conducts continuing education seminars on campus in New York City.  Det. Kohlhepp also serves on the faculty, teaching at Duquesne University in the Forensic Science and Law program; and is adjunct at California University of PA.  He also serves as an instructor of numerous criminal investigation and forensic continuing education classes for attorneys and law enforcement at California University of PA Continuing Education Department.  He is   In addition, he has given numerous lectures on these topics to agencies including: the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner, Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, Beaver County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania State Coroner’s Convention.  Detective Kohlhepp is also a board member at UPMC Forensic Advisory Council, and sits on the board of directors for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).

     Detective 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 several cases with the FBI and was detailed to Pittsburgh Police Homicide for a homicide of an armored truck employee and a robbery of 2.3 million dollars.  This included a national manhunt that gained significant media attention and featured on America’s Most Wanted.  This case resulted in an arrest in Florida and a first-degree murder conviction.  Detective Kohlhepp has received numerous letters, awards, and commendations from his department, the FBI, other police agencies that he has assisted in various capacities, victim’s rights groups, the District Attorney’s office, and professional police organizations.  Detective Kohlhepp is also a member of the International Association for Identification, the Pennsylvania State Division of the International Association for Identification where he is currently the president, the International Association for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, and the Pennsylvania Homicide Investigator’s Association.