Each week, the Kent Chief of Police sends around a letter to everyone in the Police Department advising of any special events to be aware of, any road closures, construction sites, new laws, etc., that the officers should keep in mind while on patrol. He also highlights any particularly good work and recognizes officers for performance above and beyond the call of duty. Since those stories don’t often make the newspaper, I thought I’d share some here.
Here’s the highlights from the last 6 months:
Kudos to Mark DiJerome, the Investigations Section, and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force (NOVFTF) for the follow-up investigation, and subsequent arrests of two Aggravated Robbery suspects located in Ravenna.
Kudos to Marty Gilliland, one of five former students of Holden Elementary School who were recognized Wednesday as distinguished alumni members. Marty was recognized during the annual Distinguished Alumni Award Program for being a positive role model for current students by serving six years in the U.S. Army, and having 17 years of service with the Kent Police Department. Congratulations Marty for your deserved recognition.
Kudos to Officer Jim Fuller for being recognized in the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Hot Sheet News for the arrest of — on December 17, 2006, for her SIXTH OVI offense. Nice job, Jim!
The Portage Council for the Prevention of Violence recognized Jeff Langstaff this week at a Local Heroes recognition luncheon. Jeff was honored for his dedication and work in assisting victims of crime and other associations working with Safer Futures. Congratulations Jeff for your well deserved recognition!
Kudos to Afternoon shift and the Portage County Drug Task Force for the arrest of two drug traffickers, and the seizure of cocaine and over $6000. Special recognition is due to Norm Jacobs and his K9 sidekick Codi, who had to chase and “apprehend” the fleeing suspect.
Congratulations to the Afternoon shift officers and dispatchers for the response, search, chase, and apprehension of four burglars last Friday. Although the investigation continues, it appears very likely that they are responsible for the numerous burglaries experienced in Kent and Franklin Township over the past several weeks. The coordination of effort and communication between dispatch, our officers, and officers assisting through mutual aid played major roles in the success and apprehension of the fugitive felons. The burglaries were an issue of concern of city council over the past several weeks. When Councilman Wayne Wilson provided details of the call, chase and apprehension, City Council gave the police department a round of applause. Nice job!
Kudos to all three of our K-9s and handlers. Bil Jac Food and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio held their annual Police K-9 Recognition Ceremony last Saturday, May 5, 2007. Eighty K-9 teams from northern Ohio law enforcement agencies were invited to participate in the award ceremony, by submitting information about K-9 teams and how they aided their communities in 2006. Forty (40) police K-9 teams responded and were considered for awards. All three Kent PD K-9 teams were recognized, and each received plaques for their performances in 2006. Marty Gilliland and his former K-9, Bak, received the 2006 “Special Recognition” award, Jim Ennemoser and Jessy, received the Top Honor 2006 for Pursuit (the best pursuit and apprehension of a criminal offender), and Norm Jacobs and Codi received the Top Honor 2006 Versatility Award for top overall performance. Congratulations to our K-9s and handlers for their outstanding performances. The awards help reinforce the fine reputation of our K-9 teams throughout the State.
Posted in ‘Roll Call is a letter and “Thank You” card from a resident of Overlook Drive, representing the University Heights neighborhood. The resident appreciates our efforts in resolving a disruptive neighborhood problem of barking dogs in their neighborhood. She writes, “…………my neighbors and I appreciate the contribution you and your staff have made toward peace keeping in our neighborhood. I hope this note will remind you that your efforts, however small they may seem to you, can have a powerful and positive impact on others……”. This letter reminds us that those calls we often view as “less significant” can be really important issues to others, and how we respond to the situation can make a big difference in their daily life.
Kudos to Jeff Langstaff for being appointed as a member of the Portage County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. The two-year appointment was made by the Director of Ohio’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Congratulations Jeff, for this noteworthy appointment!
A resident of Windward Ln. in Forest Lakes called today in reference a call last night of a suspicious vehicle. He and other residents were extremely impressed with both Dispatch, for their helpful attitude, and patrol for their response and extra patrolling afterwards. Good job!
Kudos to Detectives Mark DiJerome and Mike Roberts for their investigation and interrogation of two suspects in the stabbing and felonious assault on Joyanne Court last week. Despite the two suspects difficult attitude, Mark and Mike maintained their professional poise, stayed focused, and were able to obtained confessions from both of them. Great job guys!!
Kudos to Officer Eric Dreger for his vigilance and identifying an individual in the downtown area who was suspected of stealing and using stolen credit cards. Eric recognized the suspect from a surveillance photo from a KSUPD case which was shown to his shift at Roll Call. Until Eric saw him downtown as being the person on the tape, no one knew who the suspect was. KSUPD was contacted and transported the suspect to their department for the investigation. Great job Eric!
Congratulations goes out to night shift and specifically Ptl. Gormsen for the identification and arrest of a subject providing false information to his identity. Through his efforts they were able to identify a known felon wanted on a parole violation from Sacramento, California and get him out of our city. Good job to all!