Officer Russell J. Schauer, III
Springettsbury Township Police Department

2010 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Nominee

Officer Schauer is a 7-year veteran of the Springettsbury Township Police Department. He is currently assigned as a drug enforcement officer. He was previously assigned as a patrol officer and a field training officer.

Schauer was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and attended the Harrisburg Area Community College Police Science program. Schauer is married.

Schauer is the recipient of his department's Award of Distinction, Chief's Commendation, a Letter of Commendation and is his department's Officer of the Year.

Early in his career, Schauer expressed an interest in narcotics investigation. Schauer learned investigative techniques from more experienced officers and began an assault on drug activity in Springettsbury Township.

As a patrol officer, Schauer investigated 185 drug incidents which resulted in the arrest of 279 offenders for various drug offenses. Most of these arrests were as the result of self-initiated activities and not citizen complaints.

Recognizing his efforts, Schauer was placed into an investigative position with the York County Drug Task Force to conduct drug investigations on a full-time basis. In 2010, Schauer made 95 felony and 28 misdemeanor drug arrests accounting for the seizure of 29 guns and $63,000.00 in cash across York County. In addition to his own arrests, Schauer was involved in 180 other drug investigations across York County.

As a result of Schauer's efforts, drug enforcement has become infectious in Springettsbury Township. It is obvious that his efforts have made an impact when drug dealers refuse to sell in Springettsbury Township because it is "too hot" here.

Nominated by Chief David C. Eshbach and Sergeant Tony L. Beam

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