Lancaster Police Detective Dave Weiser retired yesterday, January 17, 2019. The department released this statement:
On Thursday January 17, 2019, Detective Dave Weiser retired from the Lancaster Bureau of Police. Detective Weiser graduated from Cedar Crest HS in 1988. He enlisted in the US Air Force and served 4 years in the armed forces.
Between August 1996 and May 1997 he attended the MPOETC Police Academy at Mansfield University and received his Act 120 Certification (to be a police officer in Pennsylvania).
Detective. Weiser was hired by the Bureau (of Police) and was sworn in on September 19, 1997. He began his career in Patrol. He was then assigned to the Community Policing Unit and patrolled areas of SE Lancaster City on bike, foot and patrol car.
In 2002 Dave was assigned to CID Property Crimes in a probationary position. He quickly distinguished himself as an outstanding investigator in Auto Theft and Property Crimes and by the following year his position in CID was permanent.
In February 2004, Dave was involved in an off-duty motorcycle crash and suffered a spinal cord injury. As a result of the crash, Dave was paralyzed from the chest down.
Dave took his incredible work ethic and determination and applied it to his rehabilitation at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. By December 2004, Dave returned to work and assumed his role as a Property Crimes Detective. He proved to be an invaluable resource for preparing search warrant documentation and research.
Detective Weiser went on to further distinguish himself as a fingerprint analysis expert. His hard work and expertise allowed the Bureau to become a regional fingerprint analysis/comparison/identification (AFIS) resource for our department and neighboring agencies. This allowed our department to quickly analyze latent evidence and many serial theft and burglary suspects were identified and apprehended due to his efforts.
Detective Weiser also went on to become a Polygraph Examiner for the Bureau.
In recent years Detective Weiser taught a block of instruction at the Citizens Police Academy on fingerprinting and AFIS.
Over the course of his career, Detective Weiser has received numerous commendations, citations and letters of appreciation for his work for the Lancaster Bureau of Police. He was recognized as Investigator of the Year in 2017.
We wish Detective. Dave Weiser well in his retirement.
We say Thank You.