Arnold, PA

Tactics Used

Buyer Arrests
Reverse stings
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Web stings
License suspension

Arnold is a small town of about 5,000 residents located in Westmoreland County in western Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh.  Prostitution has been documented in the city back at least to the early 1960s. To combat consumer-level demand, Arnold police have conducted reverse stings. For example, in 2005, four men were arrested in an investigation by state and local police when they tried to solicit sex from an undercover state police officer in Arnold. Their identities were included in press releases. In 2010, a reverse sting operation resulted in the arrest of five sex buyers and five prostituted women. The identities of all arrestees were reported in local news outlets.

Key Partners

  • Arnold Police Department
State Pennsylvania
Type City
Population 4902
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