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By on October 22, 2014

Ephrata Police Chief William L. “Bill” Harvey has been selected as the Central Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
Harvey said the honor is important to him because it was awarded, “to me by my colleagues based on accomplishments and contributions for all of Central Pa.”
“I am very proud of the chief for receiving this prestigious award,” said Mayor Ralph Mowen. “Being named ASIS International Chapter 079 Law Enforcement Officer of the Year is a great honor.”
Mowen said this award showcases the professionalism and quality of the department he leads.
Mowen said the chief is very active in addition to leading the department and that he acts as the borough’s emergency management coordinator, chair of the Criminal Justice Committee of the South Central Pa. Task Force and member of the South Central Task Force Incident Management Team.
“I am very happy with the direction the chief is taking the department,” he said.
Harvey is a native Virginian from the County of Appomattox. He has a BA in criminology from St. Leo University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville (103rd AOC).
He served in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, completing his enlistment as a sergeant in the 24th Military Police Co., Ft. Stewart Ga., and is a life member of the Military Police Regimental Association.
Harvey served for more than 22 years with the Savannah (Ga.) Police Department with assignments in field operations, investigations and support services and completed his career as the director of training.
He then served as chief of police for the Lebanon City Police Department from 2002-09. In February 2009, he was appointed the chief of police for the Ephrata Police Department and also serves as the borough’s emergency management coordinator.
He serves as the chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee of the South Central Joint Terrorism Task Force and a member of the All Hazards Incident Management Team for the South Central Task Force region ( .
He is on the advisory board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association ( and has published hundreds of articles in professional related periodicals and lectured nationwide on law enforcement subject matters.
“Ephrata and Lancaster reaps rewards of the efforts of the SCTF to make all of the region a better, safer place to live and work,” Harvey said, adding the SCTF will assume a leadership role in delivering a comprehensive and sustainable regional “all-hazards” emergency preparedness program that addresses planning, prevention, response and recovery for events in South Central Pa. that exceed local capabilities.
The award will be presented at the 2014 ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) International Chapter #079 Awards Banquet held at the Hershey Country Club Picard Grand Pavilion Oct. 23.


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