Officer Blake McBride
York City Police Department

Officer McBride is a twenty-two year veteran of the York City Police Department. He is currently assigned as a patrol officer.

Officer McBride is married and has two daughters. He is the recipient of his department's 2009 Police Officer of the year.

Officer McBride worked as a Community Police Officer in the downtown business district in 2009. McBride developed relationships with business owners, residents, service organizations and government agencies to identify problems and solutions for the downtown area.

Officer McBride's responsibilities included traditional law enforcement functions and non-traditional problem solving. McBride organized surveillance details in response to a rash of burglaries and GPS thefts from vehicles. After a suspect was identified, McBride conducted follow-up investigations and filed three burglary charges. McBride observed videotape of the theft suspect, and later recognized and apprehended the suspect. The suspect was turned over to detectives, who cleared many theft from vehicle cases. McBride issued 103 parking tickets, 66 traffic citations, 15 non-traffic citations, made 9 felony and misdemeanor arrests, served 20 warrants, issued 59 faulty equipment cards and answered 665 emergency calls.

Officer McBride used his relationships with downtown stakeholders to help solve other problems. Yorkrail replaced an aging crossing gate that frequently malfunctioned and disrupted traffic. The Sheriff's Department's prisoner work detail cleaned trash and graffiti from the College Avenue bridge. City Council passed an ordinance to address cars stopping in crosswalks. The Crime Response Unit assisted with security for the York Revolution opening day, First Fridays and Strand-Capitol events.

Officer McBride sits on two Downtown Inc. committees that focus on safety and security issues and attended a seminar on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Officer McBride shows exemplary dedication to duty and service to the community.

Nominated by Sergeant Steven Butler

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