Passing of Sergeant Robert A. Means

13 March 2014 by Sgt. Bill Hickey


     With great sadness, the Lancaster City Bureau of Police announces the death of Sergeant Robert A. Means who passed away at his home last night after an extended illness. Sgt. Means was in his 24th year of service with the Bureau.  He was sworn in on May 14, 1990 and attended the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) Police Academy (47th Class). Serving in the Patrol Division for his entire career, Sgt. Means was a Field Training Officer (FTO) for many new officers and an instructor at HACC teaching police updates and the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC). Sgt. Means was a member of the Bureau’s Crash Investigation Team and was instrumental in updating many of the team’s practices and policies. In July 2000 Means was promoted to sergeant and assigned as a patrol supervisor on Platoon C. Sgt. Means last assignment was as a Patrol Supervisor for Platoon A.

            Sgt. Means earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1987) and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from West Chester University (1996).

            Sgt. Means earned numerous commendations and letters of appreciation over his career. His organizational skills and knowledge of logistics was instrumental when the Bureau moved to their current location in 2003.

            Sgt. Means is survived by his wife, Julie and his two children, Matthew and Madison. Funeral arrangements will be announced as they become available.