Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, Commissioner
Colonel Tyree C. Blocker was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the 22nd Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police on August 3, 2015. As Commissioner, he exercises administrative, command, and fiscal authority and responsibility over the Department. He oversees a budget of over 1.2 billion dollars and commands a statewide complement of over 6,000 enlisted and civilian employees, which includes over 4,500 State Police Troopers.
As the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, he is empowered by statute to assist the Governor by enforcing the law and preserving the peace through the detection of crime, apprehension of criminals, and patrol of the highways. He serves as Chairman of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission.
A native of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, he holds a Master’s Degree from West Chester University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. In addition, Colonel Blocker has been an adjunct faculty member at West Chester University.
He began his career in 1975 as a Trooper, working in patrol and criminal investigations. He transitioned to organized crime and drug law within the Bureaus’ of Criminal Investigation and Drug Law Enforcement. Colonel Blocker’s law enforcement career has allowed him to lead in a variety of capacities. Colonel Blocker worked his way up through the ranks over a 30 year career with the Pennsylvania State Police. He has held every key leadership position from Section Commander to Bureau Director within the Department. In January 2004, he was promoted to Major and assigned as an Area Commander, responsible for patrol, investigative, and administrative operations of 3 Troops, 13 locations, in 10 counties including Philadelphia. Colonel Blocker retired in 2005.
After his retirement from the Pennsylvania State Police, Colonel Blocker worked at George Mason University serving as a Technical Advisor to the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service and then as a Police Technical Advisor to the Minister of National Security for the Trinidad and Tobago Government. Colonel Blocker currently owns Future Gem Fitness Corporation.