School District Of The City Of York
York City School Police Department serves the District for the safety and security of our students and staff. In addition to patrol functions, each Officer is actively involved with our students to create an awareness of fairness and safety in all aspects of their lives.
Learn more about the people who serve in our Police Department:
Officer Britney Brooks
Britney M. Brooks was born July 7, 1987 in Trenton, New Jersey. Although born out of state, she spent her formative years in York, Pa attending Devers Elementary School and Smith Middle School. York quickly became home for her and became the place where her foundation was laid. In the summer of 2001, she and her family moved to Virginia Beach, Va., where she graduated from Bayside High School.
Shortly after graduation, Brooks joined the U.S. Army as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist, serving two tours in Iraq. After being honorably discharged in 2009, she traveled and studied abroad at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) in Illesheim, Germany until 2011. In 2011 she returned to York and became employed at the York County Prison as a Corrections Officer until finally finding what she now calls her “dream job” as a School Police Officer.
During her college experience Brooks did a massive study on the “school-to-prison pipeline.” This study prompted one simple question: What can I do to cause change in the lives of young people?
The job as a School Police Officer allows her to become personally acquainted with youth that in some instances would be considered “at risk” and act as an advocate, mentor, and interventionist in many cases while still fulfilling the traditional duties of a Police Officer.
Officer Brian Copenheaver
Officer Brian Copenheaver was born August 28, 1970 in York. He grew up in Dover with his parents and graduated From Penn State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice. Copenheaver worked for the Town of Dewey Beach Police Department and served 16 years for the York County Sheriff’s Office, where he implemented many youth programs and crime prevention initiatives. In addition, he served in other special units such as bomb squad, bike unit supervisor, and Protection From Abuse Unit. Brian also served three years at York County Youth Development Center as a supervisor. Brian lives in Mount Wolf with his wife Pattie and children.
As a School Police Officer, Brian is assigned to Ferguson K-8 School. Officer Copenheaver encourages the students to make positive choices to be successful. His goal is to help create an environment that promotes the best possible place for all students for learning to take place.
Officer Bryan Einsig
Bryan Einsig joined the York City School District in July 2009. He was born and raised in York County, with strong family roots in York City. He has spent 30 years in a public safety capacity.
Einsig aims every day to exceed the expectations of his school community, including students, families, staff, community and administration. His personal goal is to always be there for his family and to be a role model for his children.
Einsig is a proud husband and father of one daughter and two sons.
Officer Edwin Hernandez
Officer Edwin Hernandez was born Jan. 17, 1962 in York and was raised by two loving parents. He graduated from high school in 1980 and went on to further his education at York College where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He was then employed by Met-Ed until 1987 when he was hired by the York City Police Department and achieved his career goal. There, he was a police officer until he retired in December 2013 after 26 years of service. During his career, he was assigned to various assignments including patrol, community policing, hostage negotiator, field training officer, drug task force, street crime unit and school resource officer. He married in 1992 and has three sons and a daughter. In January of 2014, he was hired by the York City School District and sworn in as a School Police Officer where he is currently employed. His motivation and passion continues as he serves the community where he was born and raised.
Officer Angelica Morales-Santiago
Officer Angelica Morales-Santiago was born on Feb. 6, 1993 in Yauco, Puerto Rico. When she was a year old, her parents decided to move the family to the United States for better opportunity purposes. They relocated in Jamaica Queens, New York. Shortly afterward, they moved to York, Pa., where more family members lived. Angie attended the local York City schools and graduated from William Penn Senior High School in 2011. During her years at William Penn, Angie played basketball and volleyball, ran track, played the saxophone in the band and was class president. Angie also received a leadership award from Mayor C. Kim Bracey. A recipient of the York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program (YCCOSP), Angie attended York College and studied Criminal Justice and Spanish. As a college senior, Angie was an intern at the Youth Advocate Program where she later was offered a job as an advocate working with kids. In May of 2015, Angie graduated from York College and two weeks later gave birth to a precious baby girl named Asani. After having some time off with Asani, Angie went back to work with the Youth Advocate Program as a TSS (Therapeutic Support Staff) working with kids on the spectrum. In February 2016 Angie realized a personal dream, joining the York City School District as a School Police Officer.
Officer Percy Powell
Percy A. Powell, Jr. was born Oct. 26, 1973 in Norfolk, Va. Powell is a product of the School District of the City of Chesapeake, Va. (also known as South Norfolk) and graduated from Oscar Frommel Smith High School in 1993. After high school, Powell joined the United States Navy. He attended a military police academy at Lackland Airforce Base and graduated in August 1994. Stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a year, Powell received training on various roles and responsibilities of a police officer. Powell received an honorable discharge and a long list of commendations in 1997.
In 2007, Powell acknowledged the call to God’s ministry and preached his initial sermon. That year, he was ordained as a Reverend through the Central Baptist Associations. Powell has been the Associate Minister at Bethlehem Baptist for nine years and head of security for the Pennsylvania Baptist State Youth Convention for four years. Powell is attending Lancaster Bible College with the goal of earning a Master’s in Divinity.
Powell was hired in 2009 with the School District of the City of York as head of security at Hannah Penn Middle School. Powell was sworn in by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a Law Enforcement Officer in 2014. Officer Powell currently serves the students and staff at Goode K-8. His professional goal is keeping the students and staff safe so they can receive a productive education and change lives for the better.