2011 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Nominee
Detective Ripley is a 14-year veteran of the York City Police Department. He is currently assigned to the Detective Division. He was previously assigned to patrol, Street Crime Reduction Unit, Quick Response Team and the Major Crimes Squad.
Ripley was born in Woodbury, New Jersey. He is a graduate of York Coillege. Ripley is married to Megan, and has two children, Madison and Molly. Ripley is involved in Zion Lutheran Church.
Ripley is the recipient of a Unit Commander's Citation, numerous Chief's Commendations, an Award of Achievement and is one of the department's 2011 Police Officers of the Year.
Detective Ripley has demonstrated on a daily basis what it means to be a York City Police Officer; integrity, strong work ethic, professionalism, dedication to duty and sacrifice.
Detective Ripley was the primary investigator in three homicides in 2011, all of which resulted in the arrest of suspects, and assisted in four other homicide investigations, all of which resulted in arrests. In addition, Ripley conducted several major robbery investigations in 2011. Most significant was investigating a multi-jurisdictional Latin Kings robbery crew that was conducting a string of robberies. Ripley was able to identify suspects and clear several robberies in York City, as well as provide information to neighboring jurisdictions that led to arrests.
Ripley worked with other officers in investigating a group that was responsible for 20 armed robberies, 4 car jacking and several shootings in and outside of York City. Charges ranged from robbery to homicide.
Ripley goes above and beyond to share information and build relationships with outside agencies, including a strong relationship with Juvenile Probation which was essential with dealing with an upswing in juvenile offender crimes in 2011. Ripley has also made himself the resident "expert" in cell phones and social media, learning how to obtain evidence and the legal requirements to do so.
Detective Ripley is the epitome of what an officer should be.
Nominated by Chief Wesley A. Kahley
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