Passing the Torch of Patrol - Retirement, Promotion

22 August 2014 by Todd Umstead

Cpt. Passes the Torch

Captain of Patrol Brian Wiczkowski is retiring from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police. His "retirement" will be brief, as he has been appointed Chief of Police of West Lampeter Township, where he will begin serving on Monday, August 25th.

Captain Wiczkowski began his career in May 1990. He was assigned as a patrol officer until 1992, when he was transferred into the then newly formed Community Policing Unit. In 1993, he was re-assigned to expand the City’s Community Policing efforts to the southwest part of the City. In 1995, Brian was transferred to Criminal Investigative Division. In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and was assigned to the Patrol Division. In 1999, he was placed in charge of the Neighborhood Policing Initiative. In 2001, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and placed in command of Platoon C. In 2008, Brian briefly served as the Administrative Lieutenant until May of 2008 when he was appointed to the rank of Captain and assigned to command the Patrol Division.

During his time in the Patrol Division, Captain Wiczkowski was certified through the International Mountain Bicycle Association as a bicyclist instructor. In addition to that, Captain Wiczkowski served the Department as an ASP baton instructor. He also served on the Department’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) and was on the Department’s Bicycle Rapid Response Team. Captain Wiczkowski has received numerous awards and commendations and letters of appreciation from the community.

Captain Wiczkowski was born in Bethlehem, PA. In 1985 he graduated from Liberty High School, where he played high school baseball. Brian went on to Millersville University (where he also played baseball) and in 1989 graduated with a BS degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies). He received his teaching certification and substituted for a few months prior to being hired by the Bureau of Police. Brian is happily married with two great kids. He enjoys spending time with his family, weightlifting and playing sports. He has coached Little League and high school baseball and has coached in the El Coqui league. Captain Wiczkowski will miss serving the citizens of Lancaster City and working with the men and women of the City Police Bureau, but he is looking forward to continuing his law enforcement career by serving the community of West Lampeter Township. 

Detective Lieutenant Jarrad Berkihiser has been appointed to the rank of Captain and will be the new commander of the Patrol Division. 

Jarrad Berkihiser began his career in 1994 after serving four years in the United States Air Force Security Police.  He was assigned as a patrol officer until 1998 when he was transferred to the Drug Suppression Unit He has been a member of the Special Emergency Response Team since 1995 and currently holds a Deputy Commander position on the team. 

In 2002 Berkihiser was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division where he was a member of the newly formed Auto Theft Unit and later transferred to the Violent Crime Unit where his specialty was identifying and investigating pattern robberies throughout the city and county.

In January 2007 Berkihiser was promoted to sergeant and transferred to the patrol division. In October 2007 Berkihiser became the Community Policing sergeant where he supervised the School Resource Officers and assumed the duties as department Press Information Officer. He also became the officer in charge of the department’s honor guard.    

In September 2008 Jarrad returned to platoon sergeant duties until June of 2009 when he was transferred back to the Criminal Investigative Division as a Detective Sergeant of the Violent Crime Unit until July 2010.  He was then transferred to the Training Sergeant position and became responsible for the overall training of the Bureau’s Officers. Berkihiser is certified to teach firearms, defensive tactics, and general police academy courses. 

In January 2012 Berkihiser was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as the Detective Lieutenant to supervise the Special Investigations Unit.  He supervised, managed, and investigated child abuse cases, sexual assault cases, and homicides or other major cases. 

Berkihiser is originally from Womelsdorf, PA where he began service to his community as a volunteer firefighter.  In 1988 he graduated from Conrad Weiser High School and entered the United States Air Force where he began his career in law enforcement. He is currently completing his BA Degree in Criminal Justice with the American Military University and plans to pursue his Masters degree in Public Administration.  Jarrad his happily married with two daughters, enjoys spending time with his family, doing crossfit, and playing sports. He coached youth soccer and basketball for several years. 

Berkihiser was awarded the commendation for Bravery, Legion of Merit and the Henry J. Kauffman award twice during his career. He has received several other commendations and letters of appreciation from other agencies and the community. He is proud to be a member of the Lancaster City Police and is committed to the profession and serving the residents and visitors of Lancaster.  

The Lancaster City Bureau of Police congratulates Chief Wizckowski and Captain Berkihiser on their accomplishments and wishes them great success in their new assignments.