Citizen Police Academy

To Serve and Protect

The Citizen Police Academy is a joint initiative between the Gahanna Division of Police and the New Albany Police Department.  The Citizen Police Academy is a free 10-week community education program intended to build lasting relationships between program participants and the Gahanna/New Albany Police Departments with the ultimate goal of reducing crime and achieving the best police service in our respective communities.

The academy offers participants an inside look at the values, philosophies, and operations of their law enforcement service providers while at the same time serving as an open forum for questions, discussion, and the exchange of ideas. Subject-matter experts from both agencies will provide instruction on topics such as traffic enforcement, investigative methods, use of force scenarios, firearms training, emergency communications/9-1-1 operations, laws of arrest, search, and seizure. Participants will also learn about how individuals become police officers and about the on-going training that officers receive.

“We are excited to be partnering with New Albany on this outreach program,” said Gahanna’s Chief of Police Dennis Murphy. “The curriculum is a good introduction to what it is like to be a police officer, and from a police perspective this collaboration with New Albany is in alignment with our community engagement efforts and also with Governor Kasich’s 21st Century Policing objectives.”

“I am excited for the opportunities this joint Citizen Police Academy will provide to our residents,” said City of Gahanna Safety Director Mark Thomas. “Having been involved as a trainer in several citizen police academies, I observed firsthand the benefits these classes provide, not only to the community but to our officers and the police departments as well.”

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For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, contact Sgt. Pat Millenbaugh at 614-342-4240.

Director Mark Thomas

“Thank you for visiting our website. It is truly an honor to serve the citizens of Gahanna as your Director of Public Safety. Throughout my life, I have been devoted to public service. From being a volunteer firefighter with Mifflin Township in the late 70’s, to serving in the U.S. Army as a military police officer (MP), as a reserve police officer for the Gahanna Division of Police in 1980, followed by 32 years in law enforcement for the city of Whitehall. I understand the importance of treating everyone with respect and dignity – this can be without compromise and the cornerstone of any professional police agency.

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The services provided by members of the Gahanna Division of Police are second-to-none. Our workforce is comprised of highly trained and dedicated professionals committed to providing the best possible customer service to our citizens and those who may be visiting our community. Our officers provide these services while honoring our “Core Values” of “Professionalism, Pride, Integrity, Purpose-Driven, Enthusiasm, Respect and Commitment.” As we continue to move forward, you will experience our police officers policing in a “Problem Solving Approach.” This is known as “Community Policing.” 

Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Spence, along with all the men and women in the Gahanna Division of Police and myself will continue to work together to provide the best customer service possible. In addition, we will continue to explore ways of improving our service delivery to the public in order to protect the lives, property and liberty of those we serve in a responsible and transparent manner. Keeping our community safe is a collaborative process, one that will require your help. Please, “If you see something, say something.” Never hesitate to call your police department.”

Chief Dennis Murphy

“I envision our Police Division being committed to improving the quality of life in the city of Gahanna by strengthening our neighborhoods, delivering superior services, embracing the diversity of our citizens, and making Gahanna a desirable, safe city in which to live, work, raise a family, shop, study, play and grow old.”

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Deputy Chief Jeff Spence

“Former IBM CEO John F. Akers once said, ‘Set your expectations high; find men and women whose integrity and values you respect; get their agreement on a course of action, and give them your ultimate trust.’ The Gahanna Division of Police strives to embody our City’s core values of Professionalism, Pride, Integrity, Purpose-Driven, Enthusiasm, Respect, and Commitment. As Deputy Chief of Police, I am committed to embracing these core values through providing exceptional, leading-edge and transparent policing services to our community and its stakeholders.”

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‪Our very own Officer Lawrence received the STAR Award tonight from The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recognizing his selflessness, teamwork, accountability and respect for the residents of Franklin County.💙👍‬ ... See MoreSee Less

‪Our very own Officer Lawrence received the STAR Award tonight from The Franklin County Sheriffs Office recognizing his selflessness, teamwork, accountability and respect for the residents of Franklin County.💙👍‬

 

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Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, October 16 for a town hall meeting on Issue 29. We look forward to seeing you next week!Please join Mayor Kneeland, Council and City staff on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church for a community conversation on Issue 29. To RSVP and for more info about this event visit: conta.cc/2yp9vQo ... See MoreSee Less

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, October 16 for a town hall meeting on Issue 29. We look forward to seeing you next week!

‪Congrats to our very own Detective Thomas for coming in third place in the Overall Female category today in Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard Memorial 5K race! Way to go Detective Thomas! ... See MoreSee Less

‪Congrats to our very own Detective Thomas for coming in third place in the Overall Female category today in Columbus Division of Police Honor Guard Memorial 5K race! Way to go Detective Thomas!

 

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Thank you Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation for your support in creating a new park for the west side of Gahanna! Good luck Columbus Blue Jackets tonight on your first home game of the season!

 

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Thanks CBJ Foundation, from this mom on the west side of Gahanna. Can't wait to see it completed.

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11YO W/BB GUN- LESSON LEARNED:
Saturday, 10/13/18@5:30pm Officer Peter Casuccio was called to a gun run.
When he got to the scene he discovered it was an 11yo boy with a BB gun.
Here is their interaction as seen on Officer Casuccio's body worn camera. https://t.co/3KqZXT7jHh

Our very own Officer Lawrence received the STAR Award tonight from The Franklin County Sheriff's Office recognizing his selflessness, teamwork, accountability and respect for the residents of Franklin County.💙👍

Trick-or-Treat night in Gahanna is scheduled for Wednesday, October 31 from 6 - 8 pm. This is a rain or shine event. Parents are urged to use their best judgement in sending children outside in the event of inclement weather.

Please join Mayor Kneeland, Council and City staff on Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm at Peace Lutheran Church for a community conversation on Issue 29. To RSVP and for more info about this event visit: https://t.co/mZHbn21HXr

RENT CHECK THIEVES-KNOW THEM?
Coat hanger heist caught on 🎥.
2 males stole rent checks & money orders from the Waterford Pointe Apts@Feder Rd. (Far West Columbus)
The smoking/smokin’ suspect even looked up at the camera. 🙌
Info-CPD:614-645-2077 or cedmundson@columbuspolice.org

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