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Police Veteran​

Meet Aaron

Aaron A. Harnish has been employed by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police (PA) for the last 20 years. He is assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division where he has conducted investigations on more than 1,000 cases involving sex crimes and child abuse. He has also been the lead investigator for five criminal homicides, all of which resulted in convictions at trial or guilty pleas. His previous assignments include community police bicycle officer, SWAT operator, and crisis negotiator.

Mr. Harnish holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. An adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at several colleges, Mr. Harnish enjoys bringing real-life experiences to the classroom. He has conducted numerous training sessions and presentations at professional and academic conferences across the United States, covering a broad range of criminal justice-related topics.

Mr. Harnish learned early in his policing career that good physical and emotional health are essential for maintaining a high level of professional performance. After witnessing the effects of stress, police suicide and emotional instability on officers and their families, he decided to act. In 2016, Mr. Harnish and a team of advisors founded Cobalt Professional Training Group which arms police with strategic training aimed at extending career longevity and improving life at home and on the job.

Police Veteran​

Meet Bob

Det. Sgt. Robert W. Whiteford is a seasoned police veteran working in law enforcement since 2005. He is a member of the Criminal Investigative Division, where he has had the privilege to serve as lead investigator for five homicide investigations. His past assignments include patrol, field training officer, and working undercover in a quasi-vice unit. 
In 2018 Mr. Whiteford was promoted to Sergeant. He is the supervising detective of the Property Crimes Unit and oversees a regional Auto Crimes Task Force. His professional experience also includes background investigator, polygraph examiner, and service as the Vice President and President of the police officer’s union. 
 
Mr. Whiteford earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from York College of Pennsylvania. He has trained Law Enforcement Officers since 2018 on use of force, policy and procedure, and police wellness. Mr. Whiteford delivers content using a casual yet engaging, high-energy style of instruction. He has a friendly demeanor and a great sense of humor.  

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May 2021

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