To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

351

2018 Total Violent Crimes

274

2017 Total Violent Crimes

28.1%

Increase

699

2018 Total Property Crimes:

836

2017 Total Property Crimes

16.4%

Decrease

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 https://youtu.be/XNvsD6Ciw8Q

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DIVISION OF POLICE NEWSLETTERS

April 2019 – Keeping Our Roadways Safe

739

2018 Total Traffic Crashes

723

2017 Total Traffic Crashes

2.2%

Increase

138

2018 Injury Crashes

142

2017 Injury Crashes

2.8%

Decrease

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.”

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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 ethan.moffitt@gahanna.gov

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.

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.

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UPDATE 8.23.2019 The Gahanna Police Department has identified 24 year old Michael Lee Ware as the victim of the electrical incident at N. High and Walnut Street this morning. We are coordinating with the Franklin County Coroner, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Mifflin Township Fire, and American Electric Power (AEP) to determine exactly how this incident occurred. We offer our condolences to the family of Michael Ware. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our thoughts and prayers are with this young man and his family, as well as our first responders who were on the scene this morning.

Such a tragedy. Much too young. Thank you Gahanna PD for handling the situation. Our heartfelt condolences to this young man’s family.

Sending prayers for his family and friends.

RIP Young Man . 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Prayers and love to the family and friends of this young man 😢

Thought and prayers are with the family

Many thoughts and prayers. So sad!

Horrible accident. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Poor man, sending thoughts to his family ❤️

Prayers & god bless

RIP Michael.

Prayers

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SAD !! SO YOUNG !!

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UPDATE FROM THE GAHANNA PD ON ELECTRICAL OUTAGE: All power has been temporarily restored to the affected area as of approximately 1:15 p.m. However AEP advises they will need to take the same area off the grid between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to affect emergency repairs to the line. Most affected traffic lights will be on generator but remember if you encounter an intersection without a functional signal treat it as a four-way stop. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for the update.

We really appreciate the communications!

On August 23, 2019 at approximately 9:50 a.m. the Gahanna Division of Police and Mifflin Township fire/rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call at the intersection of N. High and Walnut Street on a reported electrocution. A 24 year old male in a bucket lift working for a tree service made contact with a live AEP power line. The worker sustained fatal injuries as a result. We are working to make notification to the next of kin at this time.
AEP has cut power to the area impacting traffic signals, Jefferson Elementary School and the Old Gahanna section of the City. AEP is working to isolate the specific line in order for our detectives, fire investigators and the Franklin County Coroner to conduct an investigation.
At this time we do not have an anticipated time of power restoration to the area, but we believe the outage will be brief. Mifflin Township Fire Department and Gahanna police units have several streets blocked around the scene.
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On August 23, 2019 at approximately 9:50 a.m. the Gahanna Division of Police and Mifflin Township fire/rescue responded to a 9-1-1 call at the intersection of N. High and Walnut Street on a reported electrocution.  A 24 year old male in a bucket lift working for a tree service made contact with a live AEP power line.  The worker sustained fatal injuries as a result.  We are working to make notification to the next of kin at this time.  
AEP has cut power to the area impacting traffic signals, Jefferson Elementary School and the Old Gahanna section of the City.  AEP is working to isolate the specific line in order for our detectives, fire investigators and the Franklin County Coroner to conduct an investigation.  
At this time we do not have an anticipated time of power restoration to the area, but we believe the outage will be brief.  Mifflin Township Fire Department and Gahanna police units have several streets blocked around the scene.

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Prayers for all. How sad

Prayers to all involved including the family and first responders.

Such a heartbreaking tragedy. Praying for his family, friends and crew he was working with..... so sad. 😞

Praying for his family 😢❤️

Condolences to the family and hugs to our first responders, as this is never easy on anyone. Thanks for all you do First Responders.

God bless this young mans family , friends and co-workers. RIP .🙏🏻

Oh this is heartbreaking, I am so very sorry, many prayers for all involved, friends, family, and coworkers 💔💔💔

This is awful! My heart is broken for this young man’s family!

Prayers for his family and friends! 🙏

Heartbreaking! Happened right in front of my MIL office. Prayers for all involved!

My goodness - I am so sad for his family he was so young

Prayers for the family of this young man.

Such a very sad situation. Praying for the family!🙏

Such a tragedy. Prayers for all. 😢

So sad. Condolences to his family and friends. 💔

24 years old! God rest his soul. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. 😥

Such a sad situation. Came through that intersection this morning. Thoughts and prayers for the worker's family and friends.

God bless this individual and family.

So very sad!

Prayers to the family. 😢

How awful! I’m so sorry for his family.

So sad! Prayers for family of this young man and for his soul.

Prayers for his family

This is very heartbreaking, he was so young. I pray for everyone involved trying to save this young man. For his family,God be with you during your time of sorrow.May he touch your hearts and help the healing process.

So very tragic and sad

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A message from our Partners at Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools.

Dear GLHS Families,

At dismissal this afternoon, there was an altercation involving four students near the main campus bus loop. School administrators, School Resource Officers, and Gahanna Police Department Officers responded swiftly and the situation was immediately contained.

During the course of this event, a low voltage taser-like device was confiscated by a School Resource Officer and no one was hurt. Keeping students safe is our top priority, and we share your concerns about disruptive behavior such as this. We will continue to work closely with the Gahanna Police Department in an ongoing investigation.

As always, we are appreciative of our close partnership with the Gahanna Police Department, and we thank you for your continued support.
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A message from our Partners at Gahanna Jefferson Public Schools.

Dear GLHS Families,
 
At dismissal this afternoon, there was an altercation involving four students near the main campus bus loop.   School administrators, School Resource Officers, and Gahanna Police Department Officers responded swiftly and the situation was immediately contained.
  
During the course of this event, a low voltage taser-like device was confiscated by a School Resource Officer and no one was hurt.  Keeping students safe is our top priority, and we share your concerns about disruptive behavior such as this.  We will continue to work closely with the Gahanna Police Department in an ongoing investigation.
 
As always, we are appreciative of our close partnership with the Gahanna Police Department, and we thank you for your continued support.

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Maybe the phys ed. classes in public schools need to start offering classes in self-defense. 🙁 🙁

Why was the teaser taken? If it's a resource officers teaser? I guess a bit more info needs to be told...

& how many days have they been in school? This s+@t is getting out of control all over the US with these kids!

Funny to see people freaking out about a little fight.

Evelyn Soto

#armthechildren

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At the August 19, 2019 Gahanna City Council Meeting Mayor Tom Kneeland administered Oaths of Office to new Division of Police personnel. Pictured form left is Safety Director Mark Thomas and Chief of Police Jeffrey Spence assisting in the oath of office for new Police Reserve Officer Cornelius McGrady IV, Court Liaison Tasha Rutan, Management Analyst Amy Moneypenny, and Management Analyst Peyton O'Dell. Reserve Officer McGrady is an addition to our volunteer reserve staffing and the other three positions replace personnel who have retired. ... See MoreSee Less

At the August 19, 2019 Gahanna City Council Meeting Mayor Tom Kneeland administered Oaths of Office to new Division of Police personnel.  Pictured form left is Safety Director Mark Thomas and Chief of Police Jeffrey Spence assisting in the oath of office for new Police Reserve Officer Cornelius McGrady IV, Court Liaison Tasha Rutan, Management Analyst Amy Moneypenny, and Management Analyst Peyton ODell. Reserve Officer McGrady is an addition to our volunteer reserve staffing and the other three positions replace personnel who have retired.

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Congrats Mark

Woot woot! Go Peyton! Gahanna is extremely lucky to have you as part of their family!

Welcome to the Gahanna family.

Congrats Peyton

Congratulations Peyton 😁😁

Congratulations Peyton!

Prayers & thank you for your service

Nice to see your smiling face!

Congrats Peyton ❣

Heros !!

Law enforcement is in your blood Peyton Lynn!!!

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UPDATE ON POWER OUTAGE: AEP advises power has been restored temporarily, but will need to be taken off the grid between 3-5 p.m. for repairs. Most traffic lights will be on a generator but if you encounter an intersection without a functioning signal treat it as a four-way stop.

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AEP has cut power to the area impacting traffic signals, Jefferson Elementary & the Old Gahanna section of the city. AEP is working to isolate the specific line in order for detectives, fire investigators and Franklin County Coroner to conduct an investigation

Today at 9:50 am GPD and Mifflin Township Fire responded to the area of High St and Walnut on a reported electrocution. A tree service worker in a bucket lift made contact with a live AEP power line. The worker sustained fatal injuries as a result.

WELCOME BACK @GahannaJeffersn!! Great day for a #CityHallSelfie to celebrate our wonderful City-First Responder-School partnership here in @CityOfGahanna!! 😁📸🙌🦁💙💛 #gjpsDay1 #WeAreLions @CityHallSelfie @GahannaPD @MifflinTwpOhio @MayorKneeland @GLHSLions @TwitterGov

Can anyone bail me out? I was caught breaking into a friendly neighbors house. It was nice, but I couldn't stay. If you know where my real home is, please contact Gahanna Police or Franklin County Animal Control to get me home!

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