Officer Bruckhart is 23 month veteran of the West Manchester Township Police Department. He is currently assigned as a patrol officer.
Officer Bruckhart was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Manheim Central High School. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Millersville University and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Temple university. Officer Bruckhart is married to Lauren.
Officer Bruckhart is the recipient of academic and driving awards from the 93rd Municipal Police Academy at Harrisburg Area Community College, an Award of Achievement and Life Saving Award from the West Manchester Township Police Department, and a citation from the House of Representatives.
Officer Bruckhart was one of hundreds of applicants in the Metropolitan York Police Testing Consortium in 2008, ranking in the top ten applicants for the West Manchester Township Police Department. Bruckhart was hired by the West Manchester Township Police Department, and graduated the 93rd Police Academy on May 30, 2008.
In 2009, Officer Bruckhart ranked first in the department among all patrol officers in the following areas: traffic contacts - 545; DUI arrests - 51, which represented 25 percent of the department's total DUI arrests; felony arrests - 15; summary non-traffic citations - 100; and warrant services - 34. He ranked second in the department with 70 misdemeanor arrests and third in the department with 34 drug arrests. He ranked second in the department with 752 calls taken, 224 of which were self initiated.
On June 19, 2009, Officer Bruckhart was dispatched to a call fro an attempted suicide by overdose. Upon arrival, he found the subject unresponsive and not breathing. Bruckhart provided emergency care and restored the subject's breathing. The subject was transported to a hospital and is alive today in part due to Bruckhart's intervention.
In July and August of 2009, the department received a multitude of vandalism complaints resulting in thousands of dollars of damage to vehicles. Bruckhart stopped a vehicle fitting the description of an involved vehicle and recovered a knife and an air soft gun. These items would prove valuable as most of the reported crimes were tire slashings and paint balls being shot at vehicles. Working with other officers, nine charges were filed against two suspects which ended the spree of vandalisms.
In his short career, Officer Bruckhart has established himself as an outstanding police officer believing in providing the community with the best service he can offer. Through his efforts, Officer Bruckhart makes the community a better and safer place for all people. He truly represents the best that our profession has to offer.
Nominated by Chief Arthur D. Smith, Jr.
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