10.31.12 Sgt. Frey promoted to Lieutenant

31 October 2012 by Lt. Todd Umstead

The Lancaster City Bureau of Police is pleased to announce the promotion of Sgt. Timothy Frey to Lieutenant, effective 10/28/12. 

Lieutenant Timothy Frey is a twenty-two year veteran of the Lancaster Police Department.  After completing the police academy Lieutenant Frey was assigned as a patrol officer for 9 years. He was a member of a community policing pilot program that addressed serious crime and drug issues. As a platoon officer, Lieutenant Frey received extensive training as an accident reconstructionist and was assigned to the department’s fatal accident investigation team.

After spending three years in a specialty selective enforcement/warrant unit, Lieutenant Frey was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division in the Property Crimes Section. In addition to investigating crimes such as burglaries and thefts, Lieutenant Frey completed specialized fire investigation training and investigated arson and insurance fraud cases.

Promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006, Frey was assigned as a night shift patrol supervisor. In 2010 he assumed the Community Policing Sergeant position and supervised seven School Resource Officers assigned to the School District of Lancaster. In addition, he was responsible for crime prevention focusing on crimes against senior citizens. He had the additional duty as the law enforcement liaison to Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers and was responsible for publishing weekly posters of wanted subjects, receipt and processing of crime tips, and arranging for the payment of crime tip rewards. Lieutenant Frey initiated the text tip program for Crime Stoppers, a program that allows the public to send anonymous crime information via text. Through Crime Stoppers, Lieutenant Frey extended this program into four county school districts who utilize the service to receive anonymous crime information from students. Lieutenant Frey was also an alternate public information officer, and was instrumental in implementing the Bureau’s social media programs.

Lieutenant Frey possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Elizabethtown College and is enrolled in a master’s degree program with American Military University. He is also a 26 year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve holding the rank of master sergeant and currently assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Sergeant Frey is a combat veteran having deployed to Kuwait (2005) and Afghanistan (2009) where he earned a Bronze Star for his service.

Lietenant Frey will command the Patrol Division's "A" Platoon.


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