The tragic deaths in Dallas and Baton Rouge of eight police
officers, and another five from across the country, serve to remind police
officers that the job we do is dangerous and uncertain. On average, a police
officer dies in the line of duty every 61 hours. These recent terrible events
also remind us that we cannot become complacent and must remain vigilant when
we are serving our community.
However, an unexpected realization came to us during these
past few weeks as well. The kindness, compassion and decency of this community
Being a victim of a property crime is upsetting and costly.
The last thing you want to do is spend valuable time waiting for the police to
respond to take your report. Typically, it takes close to half an hour to call the
police and have an officer respond to obtain the necessary information. The
officer must then enter that information into a report. If you require a copy
of that report for insurance purposes, you have to wait a few days for the
report to go through the review process and then you must request a copy of
that report, adding to your burden of being victimized.
vacation season fast approaches, the Colerain Police Department wants to remind
our citizens of the necessary precautions that should be followed in order to
prevent and deter burglaries in our community.
number of burglaries in Colerain Township has been generally trending downward
from a high of 600 in 1980 to a low of 158 in 2015, we must still be mindful
that these crimes can occur. As we all
know, there is an epidemic of Heroin and Opiate abuse in the Tri-State
The internet has given us the ability to do many things. We
can learn about virtually any topic within seconds, do a month’s worth of
Christmas shopping in an hour and it has removed the roadblock of distance in our
personal relationships. But from a police perspective, it has also increased
the rate at which people are victimized by criminals. On the internet, a
criminal can present themselves as anyone they want. This anonymity allows them
to victimize without fear of discovery.
Police departments around the United States have seen a rise
in financial crime due to the increase in internet usage.
I am often contacted about solicitors and panhandlers standing near highway exits or near our shopping centers, begging for money. Many of them have a sign detailing their dire need for your cash and others aggressively approach you as you go about your business throughout the Township. They hope that you will have pity, or fear of them, and will give them cash to go away. They know it is very difficult for good, decent people to turn their back on someone who appears to be in need. We all feel that twinge of guilt when we ignore them.
On April 20, I received a public records request from a local TV media outlet asking for information about all fatal police shootings in Colerain Township since the 2001 riots.
Of particular note was this TV media outlet’s request for the race of those involved. While we have had two officer-involved shootings since 2001, none have resulted in any fatalities.
Not having any information to send, I felt it was important to share our use of force statistics. I sent information that informed this media outlet that during this same time period, the Colerain Police Department had approximately 750,000 citizen contacts resulting in only 186 uses of force; that’s .