York City Police Officer Tiffany Vogel spends several hours a day trying to improve the quality of life for people living in the Parkway neighborhood.
But that's not all she does.
She and her partners in the Parkway Neighborhood Enforcement Unit last year were responsible for taking more than 30 guns off city streets, as well as various drugs and more than $10,000 cash that were criminal proceeds, according to York City Police Chief Wes Kahley.
Vogel made 12 felony arrests and 47 misdemeanor arrests in 2013, he said, including nearly two dozen DUI arrests. She also served 124 warrants and wrote 163 summary citations. She teaches basic safety strategies to local nursing students and mentors young women.
Big award: And her chief said those are just some of the reasons Vogel was chosen by her peers to be York City's Officer of the Year for 2013.
"She embodies everything we're looking for in a police officer," Kahley said. "I wish I could clone her."
The 33-year-old Brogue native didn't know she was getting her department's highest honor until Kahley announced her name Friday morning at the department's annual awards ceremony. The top brass even kept her parents and a friend in hiding until after Vogel learned she was the ceremony's biggest winner.
"I don't make speeches," she told the standing-room-only crowd. "The only thing I know is, I'm livin' the dream."
The daughter of James and Vicki Vogel of Brogue, Officer Vogel joined the city police department in 2008. She is one of two female police officers in York City, Kahley said, and the second female officer ever to win York City Officer of the Year.
Drill sergeant: Being outnumbered on the job by men is nothing new to Vogel, and isn't a big deal for her or them, she said.
After graduating from Red Lion Area High School, Vogel became a U.S. Marine in 1998.
She spent six years with the Marines, then returned home and earned an associate's degree in criminal justice from York College.
She joined the Army Reserve, where she is a drill sergeant.
The drill-sergeant voice came to her naturally, she said.
On the job: Vogel said she's committed to being part of the Parkway neighborhood unit, where she's forged close ties with neighbors and community partners such as the York Housing Authority.
"Right now this is where I need to be," she said. "This is where I think I'm making the biggest difference."
Her efforts have improved the lives of people in the neighborhood, Kahley said.
Vogel said neighbors approve of the proactive neighborhood unit, and bonds of trust are formed.
"They love to see us on foot. They love to see us on our bikes," she said. "My phone rings 24-7."
Little girls seem especially fascinated with the "girl cop," as Vogel sometimes gets called.
"A lot of them even say, 'I want to be a cop,'" she said.
Line of fire: Also at Friday's ceremony, York City Officer Christopher Roosen and West Manchester Township Police Officer Michael Jordan each received an award of merit, which is the second-highest award given by the department, Kahley said.
The two officers were first on scene Nov. 24, 2012, after a large fight with gunfire erupted at the Veterans Political Association along York City's stretch of Route 30. The club is commonly known as Ada's.
When Roosen and Jordan got there, people were panicked and running from the club. They saw Juan Bonilla Jr., 21, running after a van fleeing in the parking lot and firing a gun at it as he ran.
Both officers fired at Bonilla because they feared for the public's safety — as well as for their own, Kahley said. Bonilla was fatally shot, and his killing was later ruled a justifiable homicide by York County District Attorney Tom Kearney.
Kahley noted Roosen and Jordan had "no cover or concealment available to them" and acted with "tremendous courage and exceptional judgment."
Other awards: A number of city officers received either chief's commendations or unit commander commendations for outstanding work, and they are listed below. Several received multiple awards, which are noted after their names:
•Corey Ames (2)
•Daniel Craven (3)
•Chuck Crumpton (3)
•James Knarr (2)
•Daniel Lentz (2)
•Kyle Pitts (2)
•Christopher Roosen (2)
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