To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect

To Serve and Protect


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The Gahanna Division of Police, a community-oriented, leading-edge law enforcement agency comprised of a staff of 55 sworn officers in addition to several support staff members and reserve police officers, is commanded by Interim Chief Jeff Spence.

If you are experiencing an emergency call 911

For non-emergencies, call 614-342-4240.


2017 Total Traffic Crashes


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2017 Injury Crashes


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Primary Traffic Crash Location in Gahanna for 2017: IR-270 – 113 crashes or 29% 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:  We are currently accepting applications for the 2019 Joint Citizen Police Academy. The deadline to submit the below application for consideration is Friday, December 21, 2018, at 5 pm.  Spaces are limited. The program runs January 23 – March 20, 2019.

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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.

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With the holiday season comes increased opportunities for package theft. To avoid the porch pirates, have your packages delivered to a safe location or have a trusted neighbor keep an eye out for deliveries in your absence. As always, if you see something, say something!


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Deliver them to work, you’re already there to sign!

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Traffic Advisory for tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12. Please plan your drive accordingly.

Last night @MayorKneeland swore in Jeff Lawless as our new Deputy Chief. Please join us in welcoming him to Gahanna! #GahannaPD

We're currently accepting applications for our 2019 Joint Citizen Police Academy. Spaces are limited. The deadline to apply for the upcoming class is Friday, 12/21. To be considered, complete the application in the link: #CitizenPoliceAcademy

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Best day of the year. 3rd annual Shop with a Cop event in Gahanna with @GahannaPD and @GLHSLionsLocker
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