York City Police rejoining drug task force, officials say

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
  • The York City Police Department will rejoin the York County Drug Task Force, officials said.
  • The two law-enforcement agencies partied ways more than 4 years ago.

The York City Police Department will be rejoining the York County Drug Task Force, according to a media advisory from the York County District Attorney's Office.

Sent out at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, the advisory states that the city department has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the York County District Attorney's Office.

York City Police seized heroin in this drug bust.

It was the signing of a memorandum of understanding that became a sticking point between the city and District Attorney Tom Kearney in late 2012 and early 2013.

At the time, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley said he was willing to sign such an agreement, but not one that forced him to relinquish authority over city officers who are part of the drug task force.

Sticking point: Kahley has said the memo of understanding then also would have forced York City Police to relinquish authority over drug investigations and drug arrests within York City limits.

For his part, Kearney said at the time that the memo is part of a policy manual that was needed to make clear the lines of authority and allow the task force to work autonomously.

The advisory states there will be a news conference at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, to officially announce the reconciliation and answer questions about it.

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No questions yet: Kyle King, spokesman for the district attorney's office, deferred questions until then, as did Kahley.

York City Police Chief Wes Kahley

Attending the conference with Kahley and Kearney will be chief deputy prosecutor Dave Sunday, several local police chiefs, a state police captain and York County Sheriff Rich Keuerleber, according to King.

It will be held in front of the York County Judicial Center, 45 N. George St. The York Dispatch will be there.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.