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The Northern York County Regional Police Department bestowed its third-highest honor on an officer whose quick thinking and reaction led to the arrest of three suspects in a May 1 robbery just 10 minutes after the incident occurred.

Officer Erika Eiker, a six-year veteran with the department, was awarded the Chief's Commendation before the Northern York County Regional Board of Commissioners June 21. The Chief's Commendation recognizes performances that clearly surpass the normal requirements of one's position, according to a news release announcing the award.

Lt. David Lash, the department's public information officer, explained how Eiker's actions the morning of May 1 not only went beyond the "normal requirements" of her position but were exceptional enough to earn Eiker a commendation.

"She put herself in a position to intercept this vehicle. The fact that we had these suspects in custody within 10 minutes of the robbery, that is what's exceptional about what she did," Lash said.

The robbery took place in the parking lot of the Motel 6, 323 Arsenal Road, just before 11 a.m. According to a news release, four young people from Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, spent the night in the motel, but in the car the next morning, three of them turned on the other. The victim was beaten, choked and robbed of $600.

After the victim called police, a description of the suspect vehicle went out to all area law enforcement. Eiker, who was not in the immediate area but was working that day, intuitively figured the suspects would head north on Interstate 83. She was right. Eiker noticed the vehicle, initiated a traffic stop and, with backup from the Newberry Township Police Department, brought all three suspects into custody.

Northern Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel said earning awards for good police work is nothing new to Eiker. Over her six years with the department, she has several times been awarded the DUI Top Gun award for her active work with DUI enforcement, he said.

"Good police work. We had a violent crime that occurred in one township, Manchester Township, and she was able to locate the suspects in Conewago Township. She made the stop and apprehended the people involved," Bentzel said.

The interception of the suspects' vehicle also showed how effective the interdepartmental communication is between area law enforcement agencies, Bentzel said.

"She does a great job."

— Reach John Joyce atjjoyce2@yorkdispatch.comor on Twitter at @JohnJoyceYD.

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