Sgt. Vaughn, Officer Miller, Officer Morley, and Chief Bentzel

Three Northern York County Regional Police Officers received the Chief’s Commendation at the monthly meeting of the Northern York County Regional Police Department Board of Commissioners meeting held on December 16, 2014.

The Officers received the award for actions taken on October 29, 2014.

On October 29, 2014 at 1702 hours, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of Teslin Road for a report of a suicidal subject.  It had been reported that a 51 year old despondent male was at the residence and was possibly armed with a hunting rifle.

Officer John Morley arrived on scene and located the subject inside a shed to the rear of the residence.  The male had a hunting rifle aimed at his chest.  Sgt. John Vaughn and Officer Andrew Miller arrived moments later.

Sgt. Vaughn deployed the 12 gauge less lethal shotgun.  Officers continued to negotiate with the subject to put down his weapon. The male began to concentrate less on the officers present and more on the firearm. Fearing that the male’s suicide was imminent, Sgt. Vaughn fired one round from the less lethal shotgun, striking the male in the chest.  This impact distracted the male long enough for Officer Morley to disarm him.  He was then taken into custody by Officer Morley and Officer Miller.  The male was uninjured and was transported for a mental health evaluation.

Each of you willingly placed yourselves in a dangerous situation to protect the life of a suicidal subject.  Your empathy, restraint, and decisiveness were instrumental in this incident having a successful outcome.

The Board of Commissioners and this administration commend your actions on October 29, 2014 and are very proud and honored to present you with a Chief’s Commendation.  Congratulations for a job well done!




On 11.18.2014 the Northern York County Regional Police Board of Commissioners recognized 8 Officers for their efforts in apprehending a bank robber on October 8, 2014.

On 10.08.2014 at 1731 hours the Northern York County Regional Police Department responded to the M & T Bank located at 425 Loucks Road in Manchester Township for a silent robbery alarm.

Bank employees reported that a white male wearing a camouflage long sleeve shirt, a baseball cap, and blue jeans entered the bank and handed one of the tellers a note demanding cash.  The teller complied with the demand and the man fled the bank on foot.

Witness information and intelligence sources lead officers the the 100 block of South Pershing Ave in York City.

Officers located the suspect at 133 South Pershing Ave and took him into custody at 1753 hours.

A search warrant was executed on the home and the cash and demand note were recovered.

Brian Michael Hawn, age 33 of 133 South Pershing Ave was taken to Central Booking and charged with the following offenses;

  • Robbery
  • Theft by Unlawful Taking
  • Receiving Stolen Property

The following Northern York County Regional Police Officers were awarded the Chief’s Commendation for their work during the incident

  • Sgt. John Migatulski
  • Officer Joel Hopta
  • Officer Patrick Gartrell
  • Officer Edward Pague
  • Officer Christopher Irwin
  • Officer William Haller
  • Officer J. Frank Biesecker
  • Officer Kevin Mengel

Click on the following link to read the full commendation.

Chief’s Commendation – MT Bank Robbery