Officer "Adam" shares his insights with the News Journal regarding SROs in Ohio.
Ontario Police Department is located at 555 Stumbo Rd, Ontario, 44906 OH. The Chief of Police of the department is Timothy D. McClaran. The Ontario Police Department phone number is 419-529-2115.
Officer "Adam" shares his insights with the News Journal regarding SROs in Ohio.
The Galion Police Department needs your help identifying a suspect. If you recognize the person in the photos, please contact Officer Corey Grant at (419) 468-5255.
This person was captured on video surveillance after using the identity of another person. If you recognize him, please contact Officer Elijah Finley at (419) 529-2115. If you would like to leave an anonymous tip, please call (419) 529-1101.
Park Avenue West is open. There is a lane of travel that is restricted with cones in front of Mechanics Bank, however all other lanes are open. Workers will be present as they fix the damage to the roadway in the coming days so please use caution. Thank you for your patience, and please drive safe!
Park Avenue West is closed between Lexington Springmill Road and Briggs Drive due to a water main break.
It is not how these officers died that made them heroes, it is how they lived. In doing their job, they paid the ultimate sacrifice giving their lives for those they swore to protect. Fallen Heroes, End of Watch 2-10-2018.
Someone stole the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals donation jar at Speedway. Please help us identify her! If you know who she is, please contact Officer Rowland at (419) 529-2115 or leave an anonymous tip by messaging us or by calling (419) 529-1101.
We are very pleased to announce that our toy waiver program was an enormous success this year. Hundreds of toys were provided to the parents and/or guardians of more than 80 local children. It was a tremendous honor and pleasure on behalf of the men and women of the Ontario Division of Police to be a part of this program. Through kind donations we provided toys, books, stuffed animals, learning tools, sports supplies and more to help bring cheer during the holiday season for so many kids. Drivers that received toy waivers for minor traffic violations were very gracious by participating in this voluntary program providing the majority of the toys. In addition to those brought in by our waiver program, we also received many donations and/or assistance from Ontario Menards, Ontario Lion's Club, Ontario Fitness Center, Ontario Recreation Department, Ontario Schools, Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson, Ontario Safety-Service Director Jeff Wilson and the Ontario Community Partnership. It is our sincere hope that through this community partnership we were able to help bring joy and happiness to all of those involved. From our families to yours, have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season. Best Wishes, Tommy D. Hill Chief of Police
Yesterday, the Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. recognized Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson with the 2017 Elected Official Award! We are very proud of Mayor Hutchinson and we couldn't agree more! Congratulations Mayor Hutchinson!
Driving in Holiday Shopping Traffic in Ontario Holiday shopping season for most, is a very exciting time as thousands of shoppers will be taking advantage of great deals all over the City of Ontario. Each year we see the same type of issues that for some, turn this exciting time into a bad experience. Here are some tips that can help keep your shopping experience pleasant by lessening your chances of being involved in a traffic crash. 1. Drive safely, be patient and allow extra time to get to your destination. Traffic will be heavy at times. 2. Use alternate routes rather than just Lexington-Springmill Rd and W 4th St, when possible. For more efficient travel North and South, consider Home Rd, Stumbo Rd and Lewis Rd. For East and West travel, consider Park Ave W and/or Walker Lake Rd. 3. Pay close attention to the traffic in front of you and keep a safe distance. This allows for a greater reaction time to sudden braking. 4. Do not block intersections when stopped in traffic. 5. When someone waves you out into the roadway, take great care to ensure that there are no other cars coming into the area. If you are involved in a minor damage, no injury crash consider coordinating with the other motorist and moving off the roadway to a safer area and then call police for assistance. (This picture does not represent the traffic conditions at the time of this post)
Ontario Police arrested 29-year-old Austin Poore, formerly of Oklahoma, Sunday November 19th for his involvement in a theft from vehicle incident. During the buildup of the Christmas shopping season, we often see a rise in these types of crimes of opportunity. Please remember to keep all valuables out of sight and secure any new purchased property in your trunk. Normally thieves won’t break into a vehicle if they don’t see something readily available. If you observed this subject on the night indicated, please call Ontario Police. As always, all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
We greatly appreciate our Veterans and all of those who have served. We salute you.
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Our officers are wearing ribbons to help bring attention to this campaign. The American Cancer Society’s estimates in the United States in 2017 there will be approximately 222,500 new cases of lung cancer (116,990 in men and 105,510 in women). You can find more information about Lung Cancer at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/lung-cancer.html
Drone Program: An article was published in the News Journal this week regarding our agency’s interest in purchasing a drone. There were just a few comments that posed questions and/or showed confusion about our drone program. We are happy to provide some clarification. An unmanned aerial vehicle, otherwise known as a drone, will be a tremendous asset to the Police Department as well as the City of Ontario, the citizens of Ontario and our guests. The drone we are purchasing is approximately the same size as a small suitcase. During the past several years, the use of drones in Law Enforcement has greatly increased with 2016 being the largest increase to date. This is due to the wide range of abilities that can aid police in incidents from finding lost children to communicating with a hostage taker. Q. What specific incidents could a drone have benefited the Ontario Police Department? A1. There have been several, the most recent was a distraught, suicidal teenage female from the west end of Ontario that had left a residence. She was thought to have gone to the woods near Marshall Park. Officers searched the woods to the best of their ability on foot, but this search could have been completed in a fraction of the time and with great accuracy utilizing the features of the drone. A2. In 2014 a drug addicted male stole property from a local business in order to support his drug habit. After failing to stop for store security, the male also fled from police into a heavily wooded area. While fleeing, the suspect attempted to break into several occupied homes in the neighborhood before finally being captured. This suspect would have been quickly located and captured using the drone technology. Q. Will the drone be used to spy on people? A. No, there are constitutional restrictions as well as agency policies and procedures in place that prohibit the use of drones for surveilling citizens unlawfully. As with all of our policy and procedures, these will be strictly enforced. Q. Is this a good use of the money rather than subsidizing the RCT bus program? A. The money being used for this purchase is a result of a month’s long investigation by the Ontario Police Department in conjunction with the METRICH Drug Enforcement Unit for illegal drug trafficking. Unlike the majority of City funding generated from tax revenue, this specific money was federally seized from the convicted party, as assets they had obtained through illegal trafficking of synthetic cannabinoids aka “bath salts”. As the money was federally seized, it’s usage comes with restrictions. These restrictions require that the money can only be used for law enforcement purposes. Agencies are held strictly accountable to these requirements by the Department of Justice and must annually report the status of any federal funds. Q. Why aren’t we using the money for programs that help teach kids how to interact with the police and police interaction with the public. A. The Ontario Police Department regularly contributes considerable time, effort and money for these programs. In 2016 we became Internationally Accredited by CALEA. CALEA provides credentialing services for law enforcement agencies. The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the CEO, on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency. The agency is also in voluntary compliance with the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board. Gov. John Kasich established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory board to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. The creation of a community law enforcement advisory panel developed state standards that can help guide law enforcement agencies in Ohio. Secondly in conjunction with Ontario Schools, our full-time school police officer interacts with students from Kindergarten through their Senior year. He specifically teaches students how to properly interact with the police and more importantly the police officers’ constitutional responsibilities to our citizens, including search and seizure, laws of arrest and more. He also participates in multiple events during every school year to help ensure positive interaction between the youth and police. These events include; DARE, Safety Town, Classroom Instruction covering multiple topics, Elementary class book readings, stranger danger and has day-to-day interaction with countless students. In summary, no additional funding is needed. We hope this information helps to provide a better understanding of this program. If you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our officers are wearing pink ribbons to help bring attention to this campaign. About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. You can find more information about Breast Cancer at: www.cancer.gov/types/breast or: www.patkracker.org/
We have received several inquires regarding the crash at 2094 Park Ave West, therefore we are providing this update. We are very happy to report that there were no life threatening injuries and the crash, despite rumors of a drug overdose, was actually caused by a suspected medical emergency.
Congratulations to the 21 officers & first responders that graduated this week from Crisis Intervention Team training! Two of our own received training in helping those in crisis. If you see the CIT pin on a uniform, that officer or first responder has received information on how to deescalate people with mental illness.
Neighborhood Watch/Community Round Table, Tuesday October 10th at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the Ontario City Building, located at 555 Stumbo Rd, Ontario in the Community Room. We will discuss current crime trends, scam alerts, Chief's report, City information from the Mayor, Safety Service Director, Fire Dept and more. We hope to see you there.
September is Leukemia Awareness Month. Our officers are wearing orange ribbons to help bring attention to this campaign. An estimated 1,290,773 people in the US are either living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. You can find more information about Leukemia at: http://www.lls.org/
W 4th St at St Rt 309 closed for both directions due to an injury crash. ***UPDATE the road has reopened 3:00 PM***