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Pennsylvania State Police Commander Who Led Cop-Killer Manhunt Demoted

January 11, 2016  | 

The Pennsylvania State Police commander who helped lead the manhunt and capture of accused cop-killer Eric Frein has been demoted and stripped of his rank.

Lt. Col. George Bivens, the public face of law enforcement during the grueling, weeks-long hunt for Frein, who was wanted for ambushing two troopers, in 2014, will "revert to the rank of major" and be reassigned to head the agency's Bureau of Gaming Enforcement, according to an email sent Friday morning to agency employees.

Two people familiar with the move, which takes effect late next week, told Bivens was forced out as the agency's second-in-command by Gov. Wolf's most recent choice to lead the state police, Tyree C. Blocker.

Bivens, a well-liked and respected veteran among the agency's roughly 4,600 troopers and 1,600 civilians, was asked to retire or revert to a lower rank, the sources said. When Bivens refused to leave, he was reassigned. He was not given a reason for the change.

Alex Douglass, the trooper who survived the ambush Frein is accused of committing, said Friday that he was shocked by Bivens' demotion.

Comments (6)

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kevCopAz @ 1/11/2016 5:46 PM

wow, seems ike a very political move does it not? Is the "Col" in charge (new) a political hack perhaps got the job due to politics, race or favors? I don't know and this article does not advise the reader in any direction. Perhaps POLICER can follow up and see if the Lt Col. was screwed or the demotion was for reason. It would apper that if there was cause to demote(for a reason) then there would be cause to fire. Since the Lt Col stayed, appears he is a fighter and has done nothing wrong, so politics are the probable reason. If this is true that is wrong.

Jon Retired LEO @ 1/11/2016 7:17 PM

Yes, its political.

Ordinary Joe @ 1/15/2016 8:30 AM

In my opinion, Wolf is a disaster waiting to happen. He may even be on the order of Obama. That still remains to be seen. Regardless, he is going to drive the state into the ground unless he gets what he wants. Troopers are not happy with the way he is playing politics. Just another tax and spend progressive democrat.

Rdrys773 retired @ 1/15/2016 9:36 AM

Typical!! A Law Enforcement officer/Commander performs his duty with professionalism that projects the best image of the Stare Police. Instead of being rewarded, a political move was made to either push him out or as they did demote and stick him away in the backround. There's always A bright eager beaver out there who knows how to make himself look good; but is he.... Shame on the Gov, he just sent a ripple through the ranks that will have an effect on his State Police.

Mike Larsen @ 1/15/2016 10:15 AM

I am not suprised at anything anymore.
He was probably censored for directing the Troops
that ended the manhunt for cuffing the murderer!

TX Lawman @ 1/16/2016 5:37 AM

According to Gov Wolf, that is exactly what it is, political. The make up of the State Police is 95% white and the make up of the State population is 83% white, so he said he is determined to put a black commander in place and bring more black troopers to the agency. Wow, I always thought you wanted the best candiddate....stupid me.

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