Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, Acting State Police Commissioner
Lieutenant Colonel Robert
Evanchick was named by Governor Tom Wolf as
the Acting Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police effective March 24,
Acting Commissioner, he exercises command, administrative, and fiscal authority
over the Pennsylvania State Police which is the tenth largest police agency in
the United States, serving a population of more than 3.3 million residents over
a 36,000 square-mile area. He oversees a budget of more than 1.2 billion
dollars and commands a statewide complement of approximately 6,500 enlisted and
civilian employees, including an authorized complement of 4,719 State Police Troopers.
As the Acting Commissioner, Lieutenant
Colonel Evanchick 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.
A native of Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Lieutenant
Colonel Evanchick has more than 39 years of law enforcement experience. He began
his career in 1979 as a patrol officer with the Wilkes-Barre Police Department,
before enlisting in the Pennsylvania State Police in 1981.
As he rose through the ranks of the State
Police, Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick served in patrol, crime, and staff-related
positions. He has an extensive background in conducting and supervising
undercover vice and narcotics investigations. He has been a Station Commander,
a Troop Commander, and served nearly six years as the Director of the Bureau of
Integrity and Professional Standards, leading the Internal Affairs Division, the
Systems and Process Review Division, and the Risk Management Office.
Most recently, he was responsible for the
administration, coordination, and command of all field operations for the
Department in his role as Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick serves as
Chairman of the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission
and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center of
Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Advisory Board, and
the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. He is the
Chairman of the Statewide Driving Under the Influence Task Force, and serves on
the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council and the Governor’s School Safety Task
Force. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National
Association of Internal Affairs Investigators, and the Fraternal Order of
Police Lodge 43.