363

2019 Total Violent Crimes

389

2018 Total Violent Crimes

6.9%

decrease

1087

2019 Total Property Crimes:

1034

2018 Total Property Crimes

4.9%

increase

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

710

2019 Total Traffic Crashes

739

2018 Total Traffic Crashes

4%

decrease

57

2019 Injury Crashes

138

2018 Injury Crashes

83%

Decrease

Primary Traffic Crash Location in Gahanna for 2019: IR-270 – 201 crashes or 28% of all crash responses.

From 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.”

From Safety Director, Keith Winn

“There are five nonnegotiable characteristics that every effective leader must have: a sense of calling, an ability to communicate, creativity in problem solving, generosity, and consistency.” John C. Maxwell

“As Director of Public Safety, my job is to create a vision for the future and communicating that vision to others. The vision should be both ideal as well as unique. This helps to communicate to our community a standard of excellence and a clear choice of positive values. In addition, it communicates pride in helping to shape the City of Gahanna for future generations to live, work and raise a family.”

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)

Police Policy Manual

The Gahanna Division of Police Policy Manual is updated frequently with content provided by Lexipol (https://www.lexipol.com/).  Please check with the Division of Police for the latest release of the manual or individual policies. The content of the manual is subject to copyright and may not be reproduced without the written permission of Lexipol and the City of Gahanna. Click here to read the Gahanna Division of Police Policy Manual

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.

*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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All lanes of Interstate 270 northbound have been shut down due to a traffic accident. Please find an alternate route at this time.

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