Officer saluted in W. Lampeter
William A. Sanger was named Officer of the Year for 2012 by the West Lampeter Township Police Department
Sanger began his employment with the West Lampeter Township Police Department in March 2001. He is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College in Florida, with a degree in criminal justice.
During his service in West Lampeter, Sanger has received numerous letters of praise and commendation from citizens and community organizations.
He serves as a department bike patrol officer and has received advanced accident investigative training from the state Department of Education. He also is an assigned member of the East & West Lampeter Joint Crash Team.
Sanger supervised and acted as liaison to Neighborhood Crime Watch initiatives in the township and is serving on the committee for the Crime Prevention Night Out being planned for August.
In addition, Sanger has completed a 40-hour instructor development and certification course through Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is certified to train and instruct the T.E.A.M. school safety programs.
Sanger has presented numerous school safety programs to community groups and in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District and the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center.
He has participated in the Pennsylvania Police Olympics, winning the gold medal in the 5K run as well as the silver medal in the obstacle course competition.
Nomination comments about Sanger mentioned his "positive attitude and caring nature" as inspiring qualities. Fellow officers applauded Sanger for "treating all persons with respect and decency and casting a positive light on the police department in his service to the community."
Sanger previously was West Lampeter's Officer of the Year in 2007.
Chief James Walsh said Sanger "is one of the finest officers" in the department and "is fully deserving of the honor of being selected as our 2012 Officer of the Year."