Five fundamental values form the foundation of the Orrville Police
Department: Quality, Integrity, Honesty, Compassion, and Commitment.
The mission of the Orrville Police Department is to preserve and
improve the quality of life that is expected and deserved by the people of Orrville. We
will accomplish our mission by enforcing the laws, providing professional police service
in accordance with our Code of Ethics, and protecting the lives and property of the
citizens to the best of our ability.
LISTING OF PERSONNEL
Though serious crime is not a major factor in the community, the
department believes in being prepared to respond to any possible circumstance. Six of the
department's members, in addition to their normal duties, have volunteered to staff the
department's Special Response Team (SRT). The SRT trains monthly in the response tactics
for special circumstances such as a barricaded armed person, hostage extractions, building
searches, building evacuations, and high risk warrant arrests. The SRT is supplied with
the latest specialize equipment needed to properly response to situations and yet maintain
the highest degree of safety for all involved.
Do you know a drug dealer in Orrville?
Have you seen acts of vandalism that do
not get reported?
The Orrville Police Department now has a new confidential
tip line at 330-684-5151. Anonymous messages can be left on an answering machine. If you want
to be contacted, leave your name and a telephone number and an officer will return your
call. This is a completely confidential way in which to report a crime to the police
TIP LINE .......... 330-684-5151
In 1971, the Orrville Exchange Club in cooperation with
the Orrville Police Department established an "Officer of the Year" Program.
The purpose and intent was to provide positive recognition of an officer's efforts and
performance during the previous year.
All members of the department cast a vote for up to three officers based
on the officer's performance and actions in ten distinct categories as follows:
- Public Contacts
- Interpersonal Relations
- Interest and Enthusiasm
- Personal Appearance
- Overall Ability
- Quality of accident and criminal investigations
- Outstanding leadership or performance of duties
- Commendations, heroism above the call of duty or a serious injury in the
line of duty
- Playing a key role in the prevention of a crime or swift apprehension of
- Outstanding performance in leadership of youth and/or the prevention of
The officer receiving the highest number of votes is honored as Officer
of the Year by the Exchange Club during the month of February. Besides the award lunch
the officer receives a framed certificate, a white award ribbon to be worn on the uniform,
and the officer's name is inscribed on a plaque displaced in the lobby of the Police
The following officers were previously honored as Officer of the
Previous Officers of the
2002 ANNUAL REPORT
by Chief Joseph D. Routh:
experienced an increase in larcenies, vandalisms, and burglaries in
2002. The majority of the burglaries occurred in the first six
months of the year. During that timeframe, many hours of both
marked and unmarked patrol was conducted in and around the
neighborhoods. I feel citizen awareness and additional patrol
assisted in curtailing the weekend burglaries.
department continues to reap benefits from having a school resource
officer, and someone who is able to complete needed follow-up on
cases. Detective Caskey works well with the schools. He
provides additional security when he is visiting the buildings.
Detective Caskey is also a resource of information for staff and
students. Detective Caskey continues to work with the Medway Drug
Enforcement Agency. He attends weekly meetings where intelligence
of users and supplies are shared.
community policing efforts also are reaping benefits. The officers
are spending time at the schools, as well as the Boys and Girls
Club. We continue to have officers patrol on bicycles during the
report also shows that we have had a decrease in motor vehicle crashes.
continues to be an honor and privilege to work with the dedicated and
professional dispatchers and officers of this department.
|Major Part I Crimes
|Reported Part II Offenses
|Reported $ Loss
|Total Complaints Responded
dispatch center answered 20,571 phone calls for assistance last year and
were involved in 18,301 radio transmissions for this department alone.
We received an additional 2,496 phone calls for the Dalton Police
Department and were involved in an additional 2,792 radio transmissions.
We also had 2,755- 911 calls.
Submitted by Sgt. Matthew Birkbeck:
As planned 2002 was a year of expansion and growth
for the Public Relations Bureau. Once again there were numerous
requests for officers to participate in program including "Eddie
Eagle" Firearms Safety, Personal Safety, and Child
Fingerprinting. Articles of interest were written by officers and
published in The Daily Record and OrrViews newspapers.
Several tours of the police department were conducted by officers and/or
totaled, we conducted 25 programs involving 12 members of the Police
requesting the above programs were the YMCA, Salvation Army, Orr Pool
Lifeguards/Personnel, Dunlap Memorial Hospital,
Orrville Area Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and Boy/Cub Scouts.
Orrville City Schools were a major focal point for the police department
in 2002, and Detective Caskey remained busy acting as the School Resource
Officer. In addition to Detective Caskey's efforts, patrol officers
logged an additional 136 visits to the high school, junior high, and all
three elementary schools.
were also made to increase our presence in Orr Park during the summer
months. From May through August, officers made 72 visits to the park
that were not prompted by a call for service.
Orrville Area Boys and Girls Club was identified as a priority for the
police department and officers made numerous visits there as well.
2003 the Orrville Police Department will look to not only continue but to
expand the above programs.
by Detective Warren A. Caskey:
In 2002 the Orrville Police Department
forwarded to the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency 216 pieces of drug
information which resulted in six search warrants being executed and 12
defendants in the Orrville area. Due to our department being active
with Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, I was asked to participate on the
selection board for a new employee.
During 2002, information was exchanged
with all law enforcement agencies within Wayne County, and with Holmes
County Sheriff Department, Mansfield Police Department, Adult Parole
Authority, Ohio Attorney General Office, Parma Police Department, Federal
Bureau of Investigation, and many other departments. I assisted two
separate task forces as they executed search warrants within the City of
Orrville as part of their investigation. Once search warrant was the
result of an investigation of identify theft involving illegal aliens, and
the other search warrant was the result of internet child pornography
involving an Orrville resident.
In 2002 I presented eight topics of
discussion to students from the kindergarten class through 12th grade (46
classrooms). The topics included character education, personal
safety, stranger safety, search and seizures, bike safety, Officer
Friendly, tour of cruiser and department, and drug related issues. I
continued to work with the staff of the Orrville City Schools dealing with
truancy, providing the school with information that could better serve the
education process, and security matters. The school district has
provided information to the police department that has helped in the
investigation of numerous crimes. Oak Street staff was instrumental
in providing information that lead to the recovery of an unexploded Air
Force bomb that later was determined to be inert. Captain lax and
myself continue to participate in the Ohio Reads Program with Captain Lax
reading to 2nd graders at Maple Street Elementary, and I read to 2nd
graders at Oak Street Elementary. Captain Lax and I talked with all
three elementary schools about a master school walking route. The
Orrville City Schools, Captain Lax, and Ptl. Kevin Kreakie collaborated in
the development of the route to provide the safest route for our students
to walk back and forth to school.
During the summer of 2002, the Orrville
Area Boys & Girls Club, Orrville City Schools, and the Orrville Police
Department co-sponsored a "Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs"
Program. The program is paid for by the Ohio Department of Natural
Resources. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources provided 48 sets
of fishing tackle that included the poles, reels, hooks, bobbers, nets,
books, and other pamphlets. The kids spent four different days
during the summer fishing at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #34
pond. On the last day the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #34
provided hamburgers and hot dogs to the kids. Captain Lax was the
cook, and the kids had a great time. I was also able to assist Tanya
Troyer as she presented the Hooked on Fishing program to 6th graders of
Oak Street Elementary as part of their outdoor education.
In 2002 the Orrville Police Department
officers continued to stop into the Boys and Girls Club to interact with
the kids and to share information with staff members to help the club
provide a safe environment for all. I have continued to meet with
Jason Troyer to promote this working relationship already in place and to
develop new programs. Ptl. James Davis, Ptl. Christopher Pauley,
Ptl. Josh Hunt, and myself conducted a building safety survey which was
conducted during November 2002.
Submitted by Sgt. Howard R. Funk:
The Orrville Police Department’s Special
Operations Bureau (SRT) is responsible for developing strategic response to
incidents which are outside the scope of day to day patrol operations.
The Special Operations Bureau organizes and maintains the Special
Response Team, as well as the Bicycle Patrol Unit. The bureau also has duties in the areas of training,
intelligence gathering, and investigations.
Special enforcement programs that require unique tactics are
typically assigned to the Special Operations Bureau.
TIP LINE ..... 684-5151
2002 was another dynamic year for the Special
Response Team. There were two activations of the SRT for high risk
warrant service. Each of these "call outs" required the
team to enter and secure a specific location. The team was utilized
due to the potential danger posed by persons at the scene. After the
scene was made safe, various investigative personnel were able to search
the premises for evidence.
In addition to the warrant service operations, the
SRT continued to engage in monthly training sessions. Training for
the SRT encompassed all manner of high risk missions. The training
sessions also included joint exercises with the University of Akron Police
Department Special Response Team. This cooperative effort allowed
for a diverse training environment which was beneficial for both teams.
the summer of 2002 the Orrville Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit (BPU)
conducted patrol operations in all parts of the City. This included
business, residential, industrial, and park areas. In addition to
patrol functions, members of the BPU participated in several special assignments.
Among them were Depot Days, the Independence Day festivities,
various parades, and a bicycle safety course.
Firearms Training Unit once more accomplished its mission in 2002.
OPD officers were challenged with realistic, judgmental
firearms training which exceeded the OPOTA standards.
Along with live fire exercises, officers engaged in simmunition
training, as well as the Firearms Training Simulator.
These factors combine to provide officers with some of the finest
training available in an area that is fraught with liability concerns.
summary, 2002 was another great year for the Special
Operations Bureau. The officers who
comprise the above units continue to strive toward excellence in their
preparation for serving the citizens of Orrville in any situation which
by Ptl. J. A. Davis:
BAC Datamaster machine of the Orrville Police Department was replaced this
year with a new machine. The following statistics include tests from
both the old and new BAC DataMaster for a yearend total. The BAC
DataMaster machine was used a total
of 153 times this year. Orrville officers ran 79 tests for alcohol
related offenses, while 22 tests were done by other departments. An
additional 52 tests were performed for calibrations and proficiency testing.
Calibration tests are done every seven days by a senior operator
and proficiency testing is done once a year by each operator.
Facts and Figures
total of 27 tests were run for underage consumption.
years total of underage consumption was 25.
The highest test for UAC was .316 g/210 L Breath.
total of 69 tests were run for DUI.
highest test results were .261 g/210 L Breath.
The average test results for a DUI was .187 g/210 L Breath.
Total Non-Traffic Cases