Division of Police
"To Serve and Protect"
The Gahanna Division of Police, a community-oriented, leading-edge law enforcement agency comprised of an authorized staff of 60 sworn officers in addition to several support staff members and reserve police officers, is commanded by Chief Dennis Murphy. Serving as the Division’s leader since 1997, Chief Murphy has overseen the transformation of the agency into an advanced, full-service provider of law enforcement services to Gahanna and Central Ohio.
"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."
- Chief Dennis Murphy
As the Division’s second-in-command and responsible for its daily operations and advanced planning, Deputy Chief Ken Bell brings over 35 years of law enforcement experience to the agency. Retiring from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Deputy Chief Bell assumed his position with the Division in 2008. Focusing on accountability, cost-effective use of resources and professionalism, Deputy Chief Bell has overseen a period of rapid transformation within each of the agency’s three bureaus in terms of service delivery within the organization and to the public.