2016 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
Sergeant Heistand is a fifteen-year veteran of law enforcement. He previously served with the Wrightsville Police Department and Hummelstown Police Department, and was hired by the Hellam Township Police Department in September of 2003. He is assigned as a staff sergeant, and is second in command. He previously served as a patrol sergeant. He has received citations for meritorious conduct, good conduct, a police commendation and an Award of Excellence.
Heistand was born in Lancaster, and is a graduate of Manheim High School. He graduated Elizabethtown College with a BS in criminal justice and a Masters in strategic leadership.
Heistand is married to Billie Jo, and has two children, Eva and Jenna. He teaches bicycle safety, is involved in Junior Achievement and provides safety training for elderly members of his church.
Sergeant Heistand is a humble and intelligent man who is always working hard behind the scenes. He keeps all of the gears of his department turning in the right direction. He is always looking for ways to make his department credible to the community by employing new policies such as procedural justice, police legitimacy and state accreditation.
Sergeant Heistand finished his Bachelorís degree while working rotating shift as a patrol officer and after his promotion to sergeant earned his Masterís degree.
Sergeant Hiestand was a certified Motor Carrier Enforcement officer for several years before being promoted to staff sergeant. He manages the departmentís Aggressive Driving, Buckle Up, Safe Kids and PA K-12 Traffic Safety Educational programs. He acquires grant funding and manages the funds and paperwork required of each officer participating in the programs. He is the administrator for all of the departments operating systems, and seeks out classes to further the education of the departmentís officers.
In 2016, the department had been without a chief for two months, an officer on administrative leave and other problems to handle. Working with the new chief, he aided in bringing the department back on solid ground and into the 21st century. He earned the Excellence Award at the departmentís first annual awards ceremony.
Nominated by Chief J. Douglas Pollock
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