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Southwestern Regional Police Department
Wednesday March 27th, 2019 :: 03:34 p.m. EDT


Sgt. Lisa Layden is Selected as Police Chief in West Hempfield Twp., Lancaster County

Police Chief Gregory Bean would like to advise the following:
“The Southwestern Regional Police Department wishes to announce that one of our own, Det. Sgt. Lisa Layden, has been selected as the next police chief of the West Hempfield Twp. Police Department.” 
“Sgt. Layden will be leaving her position with our department in April.  She started with us at the inception of the department in 2002.  She transitioned from the North Codorus Twp. Police Department when that department was blended into our current regional agency.” 
“Lisa has always been a very driven person and this was exhibited when she put herself through the Harrisburg Area Comm. College Police Academy as a mother of two children.  She hasn’t stopped having a positive impact on her community since then.  During the beginning of our department, she was soon promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was instrumental in forming the myriad of procedures and policies necessary for the proper management of our department.  She was assigned as our criminal investigation supervisor 11 years ago.”  
“Sgt. Layden investigates and supervises our toughest crimes; namely time consuming investigations and those that involve kids when they become a victim of a crime.  In a recent year, she personally handled 39 investigations when children were victims of physical or sexual abuse.  Because of her work and her knowledge in the area of crimes against children, she has been recognized as an expert witness in Federal Court and has testified in many criminal and civil cases due to her knowledge.  I believe, though, more important than her investigative prowess is her ability help the victims in several ways.  When she criminally charges a suspect that is only the beginning of her efforts to make the victim whole again.  She tirelessly works with the many agencies within the system that are there to support the victim and the families of the victim.  She has a sincere interest and desire to assist victims of crimes and performs these tasks in a very humane, concerning and understanding manner.  I believe that this tenacity to always improve our profession, solve problems and to do it in a caring and concerning manner, will translate well to her duties as the leader of her new department.”
“Sgt. Layden has always sought to improve her abilities and knowledge of the job.  She is a graduate of York College of PA, Penn State University and is currently in her dissertation phase and completing her doctorate of philosophy, sociology in administration and leadership studies at the Indiana Univ. of PA.  She lives in York with her husband Dale.  She has served honorably with the U.S Air National Guard.  In her not so free time, she has worked with Special Olympics of PA and has volunteered on the board of the Child Abuse Prevention and Outreach Program.” 
“It is interesting and important to note that Sgt. Layden will be the only current female police chief in Lancaster County; and quite possibly the first ever.  Additionally, we are proud of the fact that she will be one of only a very few female police officers in South Central PA that have risen to the rank of police chief. 
“Sgt. Layden often tells us here at Southwestern Regional that she really enjoys the people she works with and really loves the job.  Her new assignment and responsibilities as chief will allow her to share her knowledge and abilities on a broader scale.  We are very happy for her.  But she will be missed.”

Southwestern Regional Police Department
6115 Thoman Dr
Spring Grove, PA 17362

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