Kettering Police Department

  • Agency: Kettering Police Department
  • Address: 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, 45429 OH
  • Chief: James M. O'Dell (Chief of Police)
Phone: (937)296-2555
Fax: (937)296-3219

Kettering Police Department is located at 3600 Shroyer Road, Kettering, 45429 OH. The Chief of Police of the department is James M. O'Dell. The Kettering Police Department phone number is (937)296-2555.

Kettering Police Department News

KETTERING SAFETY VILLAGE 2018 Kettering Safety Village, sponsored by the Dor-Wood Optimist Club, is a FREE week-long transportation and life-safety program for children who are attending Kindergarten in August 2018. The City of Kettering’s Engineering Department Safety Section in collaboration with Kettering City Schools is proud to operate this program designed to teach our youngest citizens how to be safe. Safety Village instructors are joined by Kettering police, fire and school personnel to provide age-appropriate classroom instruction on a variety of safety topics to participants. Children get to practice and reinforce what they’ve learned at our indoor Safety Village, with child-size replicas of streets, intersections and buildings. Children also participate in a variety of additional activities, including a ride on a Kettering school bus and a “Safe Walk” in a neighborhood. Through classroom instruction and fun and exciting hands-on experience, young children will begin to develop safe habits for a lifetime. Students enrolled in any elementary school within the City of Kettering who complete Kettering Safety Village will receive a FREE Kindergarten supply starter kit. All sessions will take place at: JE Prass Elementary 2601 Parklawn Drive Kettering, OH 45440 June 18-22 8-10 and 1030-1230 June 25-29 8-10 and 1030-1230 July 9-13 8-10 and 1030-1230 July 16-20 1030-1230 Register online at or in person at the Kettering Recreation Center, 2900 Glengarry Dr.

Chief Protsman recently awarded Ptl. Tom Engles and Ptl. Matt Stull a Class 1 Commendation for their actions on March 30, 2018. A Class I Commendation is awarded for an act evidencing highly professional conduct or performance or giving evidence of selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency. Ptl. Engles and Ptl. Stull were dispatched to an apartment on a report of a possible suicidal subject. During an argument this evening, the subject started drinking rubbing alcohol and consumed an entire bottle of pills. The subject was verbally combative and not cooperative from the onset and made it known of his hatred for police. Officers secured the subject for an evaluation by medics. Medics determined that an involuntary admittance to the hospital would be necessary. While escorting the handcuffed subject he began twisting, bending and contorting violently in an attempt to jump over the second story railing or to push him and officers down the stairs. The officers were able to keep the subject under control and safely transport him to the waiting medic for transport. Because of the actions of Ptl. Engles and Ptl. Stull, this incident did not end in tragedy. Their conscious effort to ensure the handcuffed subject did not fall over the ledge or down the stairs should be commended. Their professional and unselfish performance during an emergency reflects great credit upon the officers and the Kettering Police Department.

Kettering Police Department will be leading a conversation for the Kettering church community and its members discussing church safety and sharing scenarios with an open question and answer session at the end. Please RSVP to Chris Wood, David’s United Church of Christ at or call 937-434-2131.

Yesterday Skyline Chill Kettering donated lunch for every KPD employee to the Kettering Police Foundation who were able to feed all 3 shifts throughout the day. Chief Protsman and Assistant Chief Gangwer accepted the catered lunch from General Manager Brian Hatfied. Thanks to Brian and Skyline Chili every officer, dispatcher, jailer and support staff member was able to enjoy a hot, catered lunch. Brian we loved the cheese coneys and 4 ways. Thank you!

Chief Protsman recently awarded Ptl. Devin Maloney with the Meritorious Service Award. The Meritorious Award is given for an act which is extraordinary in nature performed under special circumstances or situation, but which involves no personal danger to the employee performing the act; or may be awarded for an act involving operational risk to an employee, which is performed above and beyond the call of duty. During the early morning hours of November 3, 2017, Ptl. Devin Maloney and K-9 Jax were dispatched to assist the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had located a stolen vehicle from Kettering and pursued it but the suspect crashed and fled on foot, evading capture. Rainy conditions made the K-9 track challenging however, Devin continued to work Jax and led deputies to a yard where the track was lost. Now over an hour since the suspect fled, deputies recommended ending the search however; Devin would not relent and tried one more time. K9 Jax led to the same spot and deputies began to search nearby, approximately 20 yards away the suspect was located lying in a flowerbed. The suspect was barely breathing due to a drug overdose and had a bleeding head injury from the traffic crash. The suspect was transported to the hospital after being revived by medics and made a full recovery. Devin’s tenaciousness, strong work ethic and high level of training with K9 Jax give great credit to their K-9 team and the Kettering Police Department. Devin is commended for his tremendous efforts and actions, which resulted in saving a person’s life.

Chief Protsman recently awarded Ptl. John Soto a Class 1 Commendation for his actions on February 20, 2018. A Class I Commendation is awarded for an act evidencing highly professional conduct or performance or giving evidence of selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency. While on patrol John observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the lot of Cricket Wireless (2290 Patterson Road). John approached the lobby of the store and noticed 3 subjects inside positioning themselves in an unusual manner, indicative of a robbery. John entered the store and made contact with the subjects. He found a loaded 9mm Ruger and a load bearing, lead weighted vest under one subjects clothing. The vehicle and other subjects were searched and a stolen .40 caliber handgun, marijuana, methamphetamine and stolen cell phones were found. John’s tenaciousness and veteran observation skills surely prevented a robbery and possibly saved lives. We are all very proud of the work John did on that day and the job he does every day.

National Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week! April 8-14, 2018 We want to highlight the outstanding work Animal Control Officer Shelly Davis does for Kettering and recognize the hard-working men and women of Animal Care and Control nationwide. These officers risk their lives and devote huge amounts of personal time and resources, while they serve the public and promote professionalism within the Animal Care and Control field. !!!Thank you Shelly!!! If you have an animal question or concern Shelly can be reached at 937-296-3266

April 8-14, 2018 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We want to recognize all of the great Public Safety Dispatchers we have and all of the hard work they do. They are our lifeline. Remember to thank a dispatcher after all they are the only ones allowed to tell the police where to go.

THROW BACK THURSDAY 46 years ago this week, Ptl Paul Metzger was killed in the line of duty. We honor him and his sacrifice.

A citizen reported receiving a call from a person with a heavy accent claiming to be a Kettering Police Officer. The impersonator said there was a warrant out for their arrest and they needed to pay $200 right now to cancel the warrant. Even though the citizen looked at caller ID and saw the police departments number, they were sharp and knew it was a scam. They hung up and reported it to KPD. Kettering Police will never call you and ask for money over the phone for a warrant. If you receive a call from someone and are not sure if it's really a police officer, ask for their name, then hang up. Call the Communications Center yourself at 296-2555 and ask if that officer is trying to reach you. If it is a legitimate call, the dispatcher will be able to connect you with the officer. DO NOT rely on caller ID. Scammers can spoof a number and pretend to be a police department, the IRS, etc. Hang up, locate the correct number, and call to verify. If you believe you have a warrant or owe fines, you can contact Kettering Municipal Court during business hours or the website 24 hours a day.

On March 30, 2018 Marco's Pizza was robbed. If you have any information please call Det. V. Mason 937-296-2583

SCAM ALERT There are many scams targeting Kettering residents and many of those target our elderly residents. One current scam claims the caller is a family member who needs money to bond out of jail but they need payment by gift card. The police will never take a payment for anything by gift card. Either in person, by phone, mail or email these are professional con artists trying to steal money from our residents. If you have an elderly friend, neighbor or family member please talk with them about these scams.

The USPCA Region #5 Find of the Month for February 2018 was awarded to Ptl. D. Maloney and K-9 partner Jax. On February 21, 2018 Ptl. Maloney and K-9 Jax assisted West Carrollton PD on a traffic stop where officers suspected the vehicle contained hidden drugs. Jax was deployed and indicated on a hidden compartment behind the passengers seat. The compartment contained 25 grams of methamphetamine and 5 grams of cocaine. The find resulted in felony drug charges against the suspect. Great job Ptl. Maloney and we think Jax deserves an extra Scooby snack for this one.

DON'T BE AFRAID... To tell us what you think about us. This is your last chance for a whole year to tell us what you think about KPD and Public Safety Communications. TAKE THE SURVEY

On March 16, 2018 Lt. Kevin Kavanaugh was among 223 law enforcement officers to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. The 271st session of the National Academy consisted of men and women from 48 states, the District of Columbia, 18 international countries, 5 military organizations and 5 federal civilian organizations. The National Academy consists of 10 weeks of advanced communication, leadership and fitness training with an instructional staff of experts from around the world. Help us congratulate Lt. Kavanuagh on this accomplishment.

Last night 3 of our own were honored with a Kettering Fire Department Life Saving Award for their actions in 2017. Dispatcher R. Howard provided emergency medical dispatching to a teenage family member who was able to begin CPR on her mother. Officers J. Anderson and J. Youngs arrived and took over life saving efforts and delivered a shock with the AED regaining a heartbeat. KFD arrived and continued advanced life saving measures and rushed the patient to the hospital. Within days the patient was released and has made a full recovery. KPD also honored the teenage hero for her efforts and presented her with a Citizen Award of Valor however she asked we not share her photos. Kettering should be proud to have such a humble young lady and KPD employees as we recognize them all as life saving heroes.

Last evening our K-9 teams presented to our 60th Citizen's Police Academy. Look for CPA Class #61 this fall if you have an interest in learning what KPD is all about.

Thank You Face Book for identifying this theft suspect from our post about 2nd & Charles. A warrant was issued for his arrest from tips you reported to us...

Help us ID this pair who used credit cards stolen from a car parked in the Kettering Rec Center parking lot.

While you were probably sleeping this guy was out stealing. Help us ID him...

There is still time to complete the 2017 Kettering Police Department and Communications (Dispatch) Center Community Survey on the KPD website. You are invited to participate in the survey if you reside in the City of Kettering. The link is The link will be available through March 31, 2018. We value and appreciate your feedback which helps us provide top quality law enforcement and emergency communications for our community. Results will be shared and we thank you for your participation.

KPD announces free crime mapping for our community.

Our bartenders are a lot less fun but if you drink and drive this St. Patrick's Day we will gladly introduce you to them... Arrive Safe provides free cab rides in Montgomery County 6 PM March 16th thru 6 AM March 18th. Don't Drink and Drive

On March 10 this duo stole several phones from local cell phone stores. Please help us ID them so we can "charge" them for the phones. Call Det. Dave Marcum 937-296-2564 with information.

The pictured male committed a theft from the T-Mobile store located at Town & Country on February 5, 2018. The suspect is described as a black male being approximately 6'2", 200 lbs., and in his early to mid 20's. Anyone who can identify this suspect should notify Det. Vandegrift at 296-2497.