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York City Police historian John Stine has compiled a list of Police Chiefs and Commissioners that have commanded the York City Police Department.
Prior to 1855, the High Constable had charge of the Watchmen. 1855 found the first reference to the Chief of Police (actually found as Chief Police).
In Pennsylvania, a Police Chief (or Chief of Police) is the head of a police agency that has completed the necessary training as required by Act 120 to provide law enforcement in the Commonwealth. A Police Commissioner is the head of a law enforcement agency that is not Act 120 certified. Typically, a Police Chief will come up through the ranks within the department, whereas a Police Commissioner will usually be a person hired from outside the department to lead the agency.
Anyone with any additional information on Police Chiefs or Commissioners, or with any photos of those officers, are encouraged to contact John Stine.
237 West Market Street
York, Pennsylvania 17401