York City Police Department Promotions

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the City of York Police Department will be promoting the following officers: Officer Ames to Sergeant, Sergeant Jay to Lieutenant, and Lieutenant Wentz to Captain. Mayor Helfrich will be swearing in these officers at 1:00 p.m. at City Hall (101 S George St. York, PA 17401) in Council Chambers.

Officer Ames has been with the York City Police Department since June 2008. Prior to joining the department Ames served in the United States Marine Corp.  In his time here he has served in patrol, on NEU, on Nuisance Abatement, as a task force officer for the US Marshals Service and as a firearms instructor for the department. Officer Ames also currently serves as a team leader for the York County Quick Response Team.

Sergeant Jay has been with the York City Police Department since May of 2000. Prior to joining the department, he graduated from Shippensburg University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.  In his time with the department Sergeant Jay has had many assignments, some of which include: Field Training Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Neighborhood Enforcement Unit officer, and patrol Sergeant. Most recently Sergeant Jay was the supervisor of the GVI (Group Violence Initiative) Unit.

Lieutenant Wentz was hired in February of 1991 and worked patrol for approximately 14 years on numerous shifts. He then became the Nuisance Abatement Officer which is a position he held for nearly 10 years.  In 2005 while in Nuisance Abatement he was awarded Officer of the Year by both York City and York County. He was then promoted to Sergeant where he was initially a Patrol Supervisor and then supervised the Neighborhood Enforcement Units. Wentz was later promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to the Detective Division.

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