GPD gives a warm 'welcome aboard' to two new reserve officers who were sworn in this morning by Mayor Hartfield. Officer Lee Ericson is a retired Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force, and will graduate the police academy on December 20th. Officer Wyatt Saylor currently works for GPD as a dispatcher. Both officers will begin their training program shortly.
When she was attending school in March, Sergeant Suzie Dawson's Public Safety Leadership Academy Class donated money to Police Wives of Ohio, an organization which supports the law enforcement community and their family members throughout Ohio.
On November 14th, Police Wives of Ohio returned that kindness, (and more!), by donating 5 first aid kits for the Granville Police Department cruisers. We are grateful to Dawn Leonard, who dropped them off, and to Police Wives of Ohio. http://www.policewivesofohio.org/
Trick or Treat participants and their parents on Granger Street
Once again we had a safe and enjoyable Halloween. The turnout for Beggar's Night was incredible, as the picture above is a testament to. That picture shows the southern half of Granger Street, and the crowd to the north was just as large. Everyone GPD interacted with was in a great mood, and they all said that they were having fun!
For the last three years the Fire Department has beaten the Police Department in the Banana Split Eating Contest. This has been a difficult contest for the police, as the fire personnel have a natural advantage. While officers are use to sparse meals in a cruiser, it is rumored that the fire department personnel enjoy luxurious meals in front of a large screen television. While we cannot comment on the veracity of that rumor, we have noticed that they seem much more accustomed to eating ice cream then we are.
This year though, the Police Department was ready!
The Police Department had a new lineup, with our newest officer as the anchor. Officer Reese Southard volunteered to participate, and managed to finish off the last of his ice cream before his counterpart at the FD table could do so. The Police team was co-captained by Sergeants Costa and Marcum.
When Granville resident Trevor Steyn was about to turn 4 years old, he saw Officer Brian Costa at the 4th of July celebration and had his picture taken with him. This became a yearly tradition, and this weekend Mr. Steyn, now 20, again had his picture taken with Sergeant Costa. This yearly event has become well known around the department, and is a small example of how Sergeant Costa is a fixture in the community.
Mr. Steyn is a student at The Ohio State University, and Sergeant Costa is a part time officer for the Village of Granville, and a full time investigator for the State of Ohio.
May they have many more pictures in the future.
The Granville Police Department is able to celebrate two of our officers for their recent accomplishments! Officer Suzie Dawson graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Academy in June. This was an intensive 11 week course which is administered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and The Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Officer Dawson studied leadership and management skills and strategies, and prepared herself to serve as our agency's Acting Sergeant. This is part of our continuing effort to prepare future leaders for our agency, in order to ensure quality services for the citizens of Granville.
This is also the first time in 209 years that a female officer has worn the insignia of a law enforcement supervisor in the Village of Granville! A well deserved honor, and we are proud of her for her hard work.
A special thanks goes out to OSU, and Director Born of the Ohio Department of Public Safety. This intensive leadership program was subsidized, without which our agency would not have had the resources to send Officer Dawson.
Officer Justin Woodyard just returned from the Southern Police Institute in Louisville, Kentucky. While at the University of Louisville he completed a rigorous course of instruction on how to investigate serious felonies, focusing on death investigations. Officer Woodyard joins Officer Wilson as our agency's first two fully qualified investigators /detectives, and he will be able to handle any serious felony investigations that might occur. Congratulations Officer Woodyard on your accomplishment!
Students from Granville Elementary School joined many others in going 'screen free' this week, and instead of watching television or a computer this morning, they got outside and enjoyed some sunshine and exercise! The ride was coordinated by the Granville Recreation District and the school system. Students met at the Bryn Du Mansion, and rode to the Elementary School on Granger Street. A safe and fun time was had by all! Vice Mayor Rob Montgomery was there as a rider, as well the Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Brown. GPD was asked to help out with traffic, and our officers met some great people and had a good time as well.
On Friday, March 4th, officers from the Granville Police Department and Denison University Safety Department graduated from Crisis Intervention Team training. The officers attended a demanding 40 hour course at the Central Ohio Technical College, during which they learned additional skills for dealing with citizens who might be suffering from mental illness or addictions. Congratulations to the officers from both agencies!
With the addition of Officer Heather Jackson, the Granville Police Department now has 5 sworn female officers, with 3 of them being hired since January of 2015. Our positions are open to both male and female applicants, and the person judged most qualified by the Police and Civilian panels is awarded the job. Not only was Officer Jackson well qualified, she was also the first female to graduate the academy with the honor of being the 'Top Shot' in the academy.
The Granville Police Department was pleased to add two new officers to the rolls. Officer Heather Jackson and Officer Reese Southard were sworn in by Mayor Hartfield. Both officers were selected following a rigorous background check and hiring process. The final selection was made by a panel of volunteers, representing the citizens of Granville, Denison University, and local business leaders. Welcome aboard!