Captain Michael Winters
Captain Michael Winters
Criminal Investigations Division
Lancaster Bureau of Police
Captain Michael Winters was appointed to the rank of Captain in January 2016 and placed in command of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). As Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division, he oversees detectives assigned to the Division’s three investigative units: Property Crime, Violent Crime and Special Investigations, as well as the Bureau’s Evidence Section. Captain Winters has been a police officer since 1997 and has served as a patrol officer and a Field Training Officer. He also served on the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) as a crisis/ hostage negotiator on the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT). He spent 11 years on SERT and served as the CNT training coordinator and as a team leader. Winters was involved in dozens of successful negotiations, resulting in peaceful conclusions to many tense and dangerous situations around Lancaster County.
In March 2002, Winters was transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as an officer and was assigned to the Pattern & Violent Gang Crimes Unit, which eventually became the Violent Crime Unit. He also became the Bureau’s gang intelligence officer and was responsible for gathering and maintaining information on all of the city’s gang activity. Over the years, Winters became well known for his expertise in the area of gangs and has conducted training on gang identification for law enforcement, prosecutors, businesses, parents, schools, church and community organizations in Lancaster and all around south central Pennsylvania.
In January 2004, Winters was appointed to the rank of Detective. As a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division, Winters specialized in homicide, gang and drug trafficking organization investigations. He was assigned to work with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as part of the Rt. 222 Corridor Project, a federal initiative focused on addressing gang, drug and gun crimes in Pennsylvania cities along the 222 corridor. Winters also worked closely with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, targeting violent, repeat offenders who were caught with illegal firearms. Winters and other detectives from the Lancaster Bureau of Police worked closely with their Federal counterparts to investigate numerous high profile drug and gang cases, resulting in countless arrests and convictions of some of Lancaster’s most violent offenders.
In June 2009, Winters was promoted to Sergeant and was transferred to the Patrol Division as the Community Policing supervisor, where he supervised the Bureau’s School Resource Officers and TEAM Officer. In June 2010, Winters returned to the Criminal Investigation Division and became the supervisor of the Violent Crime Unit, where he continued investigating violent crime cases and also supervised the other detectives within the unit. In January 2012, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and remained in charge of the Violent Crime Unit, managing many of the major cases investigated by the Bureau’s detectives. Winters spent a great deal of time working on unsolved and cold case homicides during his time as the Violent Crime Unit supervisor.
Captain Winters earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a focus on criminal investigations. He serves as an instructor at the police academy at Harrisburg Area Community College, where he teaches basic recruit courses, as well as crime scene courses. Winters has received numerous awards and commendations throughout his career, to include being recognized as the “Outstanding Investigator of the Year” by the Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association in 2005. He has also received numerous letters of appreciation from community residents and other law enforcement agencies.