2015-2016 Officers of Mention
TRAVIS CARPENTER: Life saving award for actions that saved several lives in a house fire he spotted while on 3rd shift patrol. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers Award for March 2016. Travis was also awarded the State of Ohio Fraternal Order of Police Ohio’s Finest Law Enforcement Officer Heroism Award in July 2016.
TERRY PHILLIPS: Life saving award for actions saving a young man who was the victim of a shooting using gunshot trauma kits recently put into patrol cars in early 2016.
K9 MAVERICK: Certified as a dual purpose Police Service Dog by Ohio Peace Officer Academy standards and NAPWDA Certified which is a national training standard.
The police department began using body cameras in 2014 (among the first in the state) which as reduced officer complaints and use of force incidents. This program has saved the township in use of force liability issues and lawsuits.
The police department provides a house watch program to check on the houses of residents who are on vacation.
Our officers have received and will continue to receive training on dealing with persons with mental illness, elderly dementia issues, and de-escalation of incidents at critical scenes. Officer training has also included responding to active shooter incidents.
The police department has partnered with the DEA and SWACO for the drug take back program this year to offer residents a way to get rid of unwanted or expired medications. The spring event took in over 23 pounds of unused or expired medications to keep out of the water system and/or landfills.
The police department assists the St. James School and the Dahlberg Learning Center with emergency action plans in the even of a critical incident at those locations.
Promoted the solar panel speed signs on the east side to assist in traffic calming of residential areas.
Participated in Project Child Safe. This is a partnership with the US Department of Justice and the National Shooting Sports Foundation to provide gun locks free of charge to any resident, no questions asked to secure firearms in homes where children are present.