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.