Witherspoon’s leaving, but not for good

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By The Staff

Veteran police officer Tim Witherspoon is leaving the Lancaster Police Department, but not some of the duties he’s performed in 25 years of an outstanding career in law enforcement.

Witherspoon, 45, retired from the Lancaster Police Department earlier this month, but he’s likely to be spotted in his police uniform. Chances are you will find him working at Lancaster High School.

He is now a resource officer at LHS, the county’s largest high school.

Having Witherspoon around, no matter what duties he performs, can only be viewed as a plus.

A two-time Officer of the Year, Witherspoon has fashioned a distinguished career in local law enforcement.

As mere youngster, he had a good idea what he wanted to do with his life. At age 9, Witherspoon was part of the department’s youth patrol and later became a police cadet.

As a cadet, he was able to ride with officers in their city patrols to see what the job entailed. The experience was enough to motivate him to “serve and protect.”

He joined the force as a dispatcher and steadily made the climb – corporal, sergeant and lieutenant. He scaled the ladder and earned high marks for his work in law enforcement.

Over the course of his career, he witnessed plenty of changes as well as the emotional highs and lows of police work.

“It’s not all about the money – it’s about helping folks,” Witherspoon said.

Witherspoon’s duties as one of two school resource officers at Lancaster High School shows his dedication in continuing to make a difference.

With his time in, he could have easily walked away, but he opted to be a mentor and make a positive impact with young people at a very impressionable age.

“I’d like to connect with the kids and be able to show them it’s not about getting into trouble and being in a gang,” said Witherspoon, the father of six. “If I save one, I feel like I’ve done something.”

From past reports, we know about gangs and that unfortunately they do have a place here.

Youngsters today, especially those on the high school level, face daily challenges and choices.

Witherspoon sets a good example and has a good rapport with youth.

Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said Witherspoon is good for the youth.

“Tim was the type of officer that was community-oriented,” White said. “He’s easy to get along with and he’s real good for young people.”

The epitome of a good officer.

We salute his record of service and glad he’s decided to extend his work in a place where he can still make a major impact.