To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect


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2017 Total Property Crimes



The Division of Police is a community-focused, professionally-minded law enforcement agency led by Chief Jeffrey Spence. It is comprised of 55 full-time sworn officers, three part-time sworn officers, 11 communications technicians, six reserve (volunteer) officers and four civilian support staff members.  The Division is divided into three bureaus – Administration, Investigations and Operations.

The Gahanna Division of Police is a certified law enforcement agency through the Ohio Collaborative Community Police Advisory Board.

In an emergency dial 9-1-1.* 

For non-emergencies and to reach the Division’s administrative offices, call 614-342-4240

*Text-to-911 is now available in Gahanna and throughout Franklin County.  PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL IF YOU CAN, TEXT IF YOU CAN’T

For more information on Text-to-911 in our area, visit


2018 Total Traffic Crashes


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2018 Injury Crashes


2017 Injury Crashes



Primary Traffic Crash Location in Gahanna for 2018: IR-270 – 213 crashes or 28.8% of all crash responses.

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 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 Chief of Police, I am committed to embracing these core values by providing exceptional, leading-edge and transparent policing services to our community and its stakeholders.”

Crash Reports

You may search for crash reports through the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

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Or you can contact:

Gahanna Division of Police
460 Rocky Fork Boulevard
Gahanna, OH 43230

614-342-4240 (Non-emergency)

Traffic Safety and Enforcement

The Gahanna Division of Police is dedicated to promoting roadway safety in order to provide and maintain a safe travel environment throughout the city. With a focus on reducing traffic-related injuries, the Division’s Operations Bureau is responsible for developing and implementing traffic safety strategies incorporating residential streets, major thoroughfares, and interstate highway. These measures include high-visibility neighborhood patrols, targeted enforcement initiatives to remove impaired drivers from behind the wheel and other traffic safety mobilizations.

As part of our fully integrated problem-solving process, we recognize the benefit of technology as a catalyst for innovative ideas. To advance our neighborhood safety objectives and increase public awareness, we deploy a variety of equipment. This includes speed monitoring devices and a survey instrument capable of collecting timely and accurate information, such as roadway speeds, traffic volume counts, and other roadway data (See Traffic Survey Results). With these resources and other tools, our officers work to achieve our unified goal of reducing crashes and saving lives.

To further encourage and cultivate support for traffic safety, we work in partnership with a coalition of law enforcement, education, and health and safety organizations. We recognize the value of proactive traffic enforcement in reducing the occurrence of crime and its tangible impact on detecting, intercepting, and deterring those who seek to commit it. Through these efforts, and with active support from our diverse communities, The Division of Police strives to ensure safe and secure roadways for all those that live, recreate, or commute within the city of Gahanna and to fulfill our overall mission – To Serve and Protect.

To request a speed survey or enforcement activity in your neighborhood, contact Lieutenant Ethan Moffitt at 614-342-4240 or email

Citizen Police Academy

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.”

*NOTE:  The application submission period for 2019 has ended. 

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

Emergency Communications

Emergency communications services for the City of Gahanna are the responsibility of the Division of Police. The Communications Center is the Primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for all 9-1-1 calls generated within the city and also serves as a transfer point for Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Working in collaboration with the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Center (MECC) and the Whitehall Police Department, the Communications Center has advanced emergency call-handling capability and is at the forefront of Next Generation 9-1-1 technology.

In addition to 9-1-1, the Communications Center is the initial contact point for police services within the city. The Center also initiates the response of other City departments after normal business hours and on weekends/holidays. Utilizing advanced, statewide voice and data communications technology, dispatchers coordinate the deployment of police units to emergency and non-emergency calls for service as well as aid to other agencies in central Ohio.

Urban Deer Hunting Program

Since its inception in 1991, the Urban Deer Hunting Program has been successful in lowering the number of car versus deer crashes, as well as reducing the amount of property and landscape damage within the city limits.

Deer Hunting Maps

Every year the Urban Deer Hunting Program looks for experienced bow hunters to assist in continuing the success of the program. To participate in the Urban Deer Hunting Program, interested hunters are required to attend an orientation prior to the start of deer hunting season.

At the orientation, members from the Gahanna Division of Police, the Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation, as well as a representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will discuss the rules and regulations of the program and areas which are available for hunting. Last year there were over 300 people that registered and were approved to participate in the Urban Deer Hunting Program.

This year’s deer hunting season runs from September 29, 2018 through February 3, 2019. All hunters must follow State rules and regulations, as well as the rules and regulations set forth by the Gahanna Program. Statistics for the Urban Deer Hunting Program will be updated as soon as they become available.

Please continue to check back to this website for any updates or changes. If you would like any additional information or have any questions, please contact the Gahanna Division of Police Urban Deer Hunting Program.

Orientation meetings for the 2018-2019 season will take place on Tuesday, August 14 and Tuesday, August 21 at 6 pm at Gahanna City Hall, 200 S. Hamilton Rd.

2016-2017 Deer Hunting Newsletter


Emergency Management

About Emergency Management

The City of Gahanna Emergency Management division is responsible for planning and coordinating responses to emergencies and disaster events in Gahanna. Administered by the Division of Police, the division coordinates with neighboring law enforcement and fire departments, the Mayor, and, if necessary, Federal, State and County emergency agencies to implement plans for recovery from disasters such as chemical spills, major fires and tornadoes. Response plans include coordination with the City Engineering department for safe and efficient use of traffic signals during emergencies and assisting the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools in developing the safety plans which are in place at all Gahanna-Jefferson schools.

Seasonal Safety

Winter Storms
While winters in Central Ohio are usually relatively mild, winter storms do occasionally occur. It is important that precautions are taken to protect you and your family during these times. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advice on how to prepare for winter storms.   Learn More

Summer Heat
Summer heat can be extremely dangerous and lethal. Tips on what to do when the mercury rises too high can be found on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website.   Learn More

Tornado Season
Tornado season runs primarily from March to May in Ohio, but may extend as late as August. To help warn Gahanna residents of tornado warnings, Emergency Management maintains six sirens within the city. These sirens are tested every Wednesday at noon to ensure they are operating properly. If you hear a siren or the National Weather Service declares a tornado warning for the area, seek shelter immediately. If possible, seek a room, preferably one without windows, near the middle of the building on the ground floor. If such a room is not available, try to cover yourself with mattresses, cushions, heavy blankets, etc. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has advice on how to prepare for a tornado.  Learn More

Additional Hazards
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has much more on hazards and how to deal with them. You can find out more by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do in an emergency?
In case of a fire, leave the building immediately and get to a safe location, then call 9-1-1.

If it is a life threatening medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately.

For weather emergencies, tune into a local radio or TV station for updates from the Emergency Broadcast System. Additionally, you can purchase specialized radios that automatically tune into the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio for continuous updates from a local National Weather Service office.  Learn More

What items are recommended for a home safety kit?
FEMA has a comprehensive listing of recommended items for a home safety kit available by clicking here

Click here to download a FREE copy of the Ohio Family Disaster Preparedness Guide.

Register for ALERT Franklin County
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Dont try your luck this St. Patricks Day! #drivesafe #stpatricksday


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You'll never get me lucky charms copper!!!!!

In addition to possibly saving lives - also consider that it will cost you $5000-10,000 in legal fees, possible time in jail, an automatic 12 month DL suspension, a concealed carry permit, and possibly your job and all that goes along with having a job and income. That's what I hear anyway.

Uber is giving discounted rides this weekend. Everybody BE SAFE!!!

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Daylight savings time arrives tomorrow! Hopefully that means spring is just around the corner.

Celebrating our amazing and talented women officers in our division! Here is a photo of Shelia Murphy, who made history when she became the 1st woman lieutenant for GPD! Today, we salute all women who proudly serve in law enforcement and in the military. #InternationalWomensDay ... See MoreSee Less

Celebrating our amazing and talented women officers in our division! Here is a photo of Shelia Murphy, who made history when she became the 1st woman lieutenant for GPD! Today, we salute all women who proudly serve in law enforcement and in the military. #InternationalWomensDay


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Congratulations, Lt Murphy! I am very happy for you.



congratulations Sheila Murphy!

Good job

Congratulations to Shelia for all her hard work and being a great person

The greatest part of selecting someone to be the 'first' is also selecting the person who will be the 'best'.

Yeah, S!! That was a great day!!!

Congratulations, Sheila!

Congrats Shelia!

Congrats! 👍🏻💙


Hey big brother. Looking good! Congratulations to Sheila!

Proud of you Sheila

Congratulations Shelia! You are a rock star!! Wishing much success in your new position! 😍♥️

Hey congrats 🎉 Sheila

Congrats Shelia!


Congratulations Sheila, well deserved !!

Thanks, Lieutenant, for your Great service!!! We appreciate you all.

Lt. Murphy is the best! Love her!

Your an amazing person and admired by so many!!! Way to go Lieutenant so proud to know you and Thank you for your service!

You go Shelia Murphy🎉💪💥✌

Congrats Sheila Murphy 😍

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‪Traffic Advisory: Officers are dealing with a situation on 270 S near the Easton area impacting traffic. Motorists should avoid the area and seek alternative routes. No further details to report at this time. ‬ ... See MoreSee Less


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FROM CPD: This morning, March 7, 2019 at 7:59 am we received a call of a car crash near I270SB and Morse Rd. (Gahanna) The car was reportedly travelling at high rates of speed in and out of traffic. The car then struck additional cars. The driver got out of his car and started running down the highway. He reportedly tried to hijack a car and was unsuccessful. He then tried to jump into more vehicles. Officers continued to chase him on foot into the Abbott Laboratories parking lot on Steltzer Road. The man jumped into the retention pond at Abbott Laboratories and was in the water for approximately 18 minutes. Columbus Division of Fire divers went into the pond and the man surfaced in time for the divers to pull him out alive. He was rushed to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center East. He was suffering from hypothermia. One police officer had to be treated at the scene after falling in the pond while trying to cuff the suspect. "We are thankful to the special duty officers at Abbott Laboratories and Easton Town Center who were instrumental in helping us catching the suspect," said Lt. Ty Brust. The suspect's name isn't available at this time. He told officers his name was God. Thankfully through the high speed chase, accidents, foot chase, pond jump and more... no one else was injured or worse.

I saw the vehicles after the accident-im astounded and very very thankful no one was hurt.

So this is why that GPD officer flew through a red light infront of me this morning. I never see GPD drive that fast, especially through lights, to respond to a call. Figured it was something crazy like this. Glad nobody was injured in the accidents or foot chase

Thank you Gahanna and Columbus Police for your protection and quick responses. We appreciate all you do!!

I hope he gets the help he needs and no one was hurt.

Garth Semple

Drew Williams

Yes, just got off at Morse, it's at a standstill

Stacie Wolfe

Thanks for sharing.

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S Hamilton Rd and Interstate 270 traffic lights are back on at this time.

Traffic Advisory: Traffic lights on South Hamilton Rd at Interstate 270 are currently out. Motorists should treat these intersections as 4-way stops and follow directives from officers providing traffic control in the area until the issue is resolved. Drive safe!

Don't try your luck this St. Patrick's Day! #drivesafe #stpatricksday

Mark your calendars for the spring edition of "Coffee with a Cop" on Wed., 3/20 No agendas or speeches, just a chance for us to have a conversation over coffee. We look forward to seeing you! #CommunityEngagement #GahannaPD

Daylight savings time arrives tomorrow! Hopefully that means spring is just around the corner.

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