Pa. Senate confirms Tyree Blocker as state police commissioner

(WHTM) – Colonel Tyree C. Blocker was confirmed Wednesday evening as Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner.

Blocker was nominated to lead the agency in August, after Wolf’s first pick, Marcus Brown, failed to earn Senate confirmation.

He comes to the position with 30 years of state police experience.

Wednesday night, Governor Wolf released the following statement in response to Blocker’s confirmation.

I am pleased the Pennsylvania Senate tonight confirmed Col. Blocker as the State Police commissiorrner and I look forward to continuing to work with him. Col. Blocker will build on the strong foundation of the traditions and culture of the State Police, and his diverse experience – working his way up from trooper to commissioner – is a tremendous asset to the commonwealth.

“Col. Blocker brings strong leadership capabilities and a history of working collaboratively with law enforcement officials at all levels. Col. Blocker has more than 30 years of experience in the State Police and he is a great fit to lead the men and women of the agency.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Blocker said there is still “room for improvement” in the diversity of the 4,300 troopers in the state.

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