Officer Paul DeHart
York City Police Department

2007 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Officer DeHart is a 10-year veteran of the York City Police Department, and is currently assigned to the Patrol division. He is a veteran of the United States Army.

DeHart was born in Harrisburg, and is a graduate of Susquehanna High School and Harrisburg Area Community College. DeHart is single, and has one child.

DeHart is the recipient of three Commissioners Commendations, two Letters of Commendation, and was his department's 2007 Officer of the Year.

In 2007, DeHart is among the shift leaders in criminal arrests, with nine felony and twelve misdemeanor arrests. He served 58 warrants, issued 54 traffic citations and 31 non-traffic citations, and answered more than 1,000 calls in 2007.

DeHart's work ethic is second to none. When not answering calls, DeHart can be found looking for criminal activity. Most of his criminal arrests come from self-initiated activity rather than dispatched calls. He has been instrumental in assisting detectives in solving several homicide cases and giving detectives leads on suspect locations.

On February 14, 2007, DeHart assisted other officers investigating a bank robbery. Responding to back up an officer spotting the suspect, DeHart responded and entered a foot pursuit, apprehending the suspect and recovering the money.

On March 10, 2007, while backing up an officer at a domestic disturbance, DeHart overheard two children talking about a "cowboy" on the couch under some coats. Recognizing the street term, DeHart investigated and recovered a stolen Ruger .45 caliber handgun and arrested the suspect in the house.

In November and December of 2007, the York area was victimized by a string of bank robberies. In one case, a witness provided a partial registration. DeHart took it upon himself to research the PennDOT database where he was able to use the vehicle description to narrow the list of possible vehicles to one possible suspect. DeHart then located the vehicle and enabled detectives to solve several bank robberies.

DeHart has an excellent ability and uses it to combat crime on a daily basis.

Nominated by: Captain David J. Arnold, York City Police Department

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