Police Officer Weyth L. Barley, Jr.
York Area Regional Police Department

2001 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Officer Barley has been with the York Area Regional Police Department for the past 7 years.

Prior to entering the civilian law enforcement field, Officer Barley served five years with the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement specialist. Officer Barley has received a number of commendations during his career, from both his department and civic organizations. In 2001 Officer Barley recieved the "Distinguished and Dedicated Service Award" from Optimist International of Dallastown & Red Lion.

While working as a full time police officer, Officer Barley continued his education at Harrisburg Area Community College and maintained a 3.77 grade point average. He received his Associates Degree in Arts and Criminal Justice in 2001.

Officer Barley was instrumental in establishing and maintaining a bicycle patrol for the police department. The bicycle unit has been an effective tool in the detection and prevention of crime, and has enhanced public relations for the department.

Officer Barley is skilled in Computer Aided Forensic Mapping, Traffic Accident Reconstruction, and accident review and analysis. Because of Officer Barley's additional skills, he was chosen as a member of the York County Forensic Team. The forensic team investigates serious and extended crime scenes.

In February of 2001, Officer Barley was recognized by Chief of Police Larry Bailets, Sr. of the North Hopewell Township / Winterstown Borough Police Department for his assistance as the first backup officer on the scene in apprehending a machete wielding man after the man attacked and injured several people at an elementary school in Winterstown Borough. Chief Bailets noted, "He never hesitated when confronted" with this encounter.

In May of 2001 Officer Barley's expeditious response to a stabbing in progress call in Windsor Borough, culminated in the arrest of the subject who was armed with a knife. A female, her baby, and the male stabbing victim were probably saved due to his, and other officers, handling of the situation.

In September of 2001, Officer Barley responded to burglary in progress call at the Cape Horn Country Store. Officer Barley saw a subject attempting to leave the scene unnoticed in a vehicle. Chasing the vehicle into York City at high speeds, the suspect was cornered and taken into custody, and cash and a loaded revolver were recovered.

In October of 2001, Officer Barley responded to a male standing on the Leaders Heights overpass of Interstate 83. The man indicated he intended to jump. Officer Barley and other officers talked the man down, after which the subject was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

In nominating Officer Barley, Sergeant Stabley said, "He is looked up to for his skills and abilities by all officers in the department".

Nominated by: Galen K. Stabley, Sergeant, York Area Regional Police Department

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