The City of York is pleased to announce that the swearing in of Police Commissioner Michael Muldrow will be held on Thursday, November 5th at 3:30 p.m. The swearing in and celebration will take place at the York City Police Department, 50 W King Street, but will be moved indoors to Voni Grimes Gym, 125 E College Avenue, in the event of rain. Members of the public are invited to attend. Muldrow was named as Mayor Michael Helfrich’s choice for commissioner on October 5th and confirmed by York City Council on October 20th.
Muldrow began his career in law enforcement as a correctional officer at York County Prison, until joining the York City Police Department in May of 2000. In his time with YCPD he served on the community policing unit, the mobile neighborhood policing team and assisted the York County Drug Taskforce as a sworn county detective. In January of 2006, Muldrow became a federal officer for the Department of Defense Police Department in New Cumberland. Muldrow has since served as an officer with other county departments, including serving on the Criminal Response Unit for the York County Sherriff’s Department.
For the last 12 years Muldrow served as the Chief of School Police and Safety Services for the York City School District, where he led a team of 15 officers and 30 civilians in efforts to improve the safety and community culture of the York City School District. Muldrow was integral in the creation of the department, and is most proud of his work in strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and our community.
Muldrow has a refined focus on improving the relationship between the community and law enforcement through initiatives like summer camps, the Plate Patrol food distribution program, and the York City School District Public Safety Academy. The Academy was developed out of a recognized need to get students interested in the fields of law enforcement and public safety. Additionally, the Academy helps guide our community’s vision and goal to have our police and fire departments reflect the diversity of our community. Over 200 students have successfully completed the program thus far. As the son of a retired York City Police Department officer, Muldrow makes it his mission to expose the city’s youth to public safety careers.
When asked what he is most excited about, Muldrow said “I am excited about the opportunity to have this platform – to create and promote change and serve the community is truly awe-inspiring.”
“I was 5 years old when I was introduced to the culture of the York City Police Department through my father, and I am excited about being able to work in an environment that I love,” Muldrow said. “I hope to work with officers to get their spirit back–to light their fire again–and help them love coming to work. That energy will carry out into the community and inspire new generations to become police officers, as well as create an environment where individuals are passionate about taking ownership of their own neighborhoods.”
“I have seen firsthand the work that has been accomplished by Michael Muldrowthrough our Juvenile Violence Intervention efforts. He knows the young people, the parents, and our community and will serve our city well,” said Mayor Helfrich. “Michael was a final candidate last October when we learned that Chief Bankert was leaving, and I am excited that we now have this opportunity to work together, and with our police force, to make a better and safer York City.”