Police Department Info

Staff:
Police Chief:
Chief Larry Rinehart 
lrinehart@bexley.org 

Police Captain:
Captain Ken Gough
kgough@bexley.org

Executive Assistant to the Chief:
Yvette Nguyen
ynguyen@bexley.org

Contact & Location:
559 N Cassingham Rd
Bexley, Ohio 43209
 
Phone: (614) 559-4444
Fax:     (614) 559-4441 

Quick Links:
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Mission & Vision Statement
Police Department History
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Bexley Police Department


Welcome to the Bexley Police Department.  Our core beliefs are forged in "FIRE", defined by: Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy.

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Welcome: Bexley Police Department Mission/Vision Statement
A History of the Bexley Police Department

Monday
Aug212017

2017 Bexley Safety Town

A HUGE thank you to the Bexley City Schools for giving the Safety Town trailer a makeover.

Wednesday
Jul122017

Residents can prevent issues related to wildlife

This is an article from the Gahanna This Week Community News:

Gahanna Spotlight: Residents can prevent issues related to wildlife

The police department and city officials often receive calls throughout the year about domestic and wild animal issues.

I am in a unique position in my day job as the chief of police and in my civilian capacity as a state licensed wild animal control operator, and therefore I would like to share some thoughts on common issues and solutions.

Your neighborhood provides the perfect environment to sustain, and in some cases, increase the population of wild animals. First, decks, sheds, overgrowth vegetation, big den trees and even storm water sewers provide shelter. Second, farmers and gardeners provide additional sustenance for animals and unsecured garbage becomes a food source. However, the number one suburban food source for wild animals is bird food.

If you have a bird feeder, you have an animal feeder. The spilled seed attracts mice, rats, squirrels, skunks, groundhogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums and deer; these, in turn, attract foxes and coyotes. Life is a big circle and it happens around your bird feeders.

If you feed your pet outside, you are feeding wildlife. The exposure to secretions or excretions -- such as saliva, urine or feces -- provides the perfect way to spread a plethora of zoonotic disease organisms including fungal, bacterial, viral, parasitic, protozoal and other things such as fleas and ticks. A zoonotic disease is one that can be transmitted between humans and animals.

I spoke with a resident who feared that children might be exposed to wild animal diseases and at the top of her list were rabies, listeriosis and leptospirosis. In Ohio, the most common animals to have rabies are bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes and coyotes. Bats have been the only animal to test positive for rabies in Franklin County over the last 30 years.

The police are often called when nocturnal animals are seen during the day acting sick. Typically, it is raccoons with distemper requiring euthanization. People cannot contract distemper, but unvaccinated pets and other animals are susceptible to this highly contagious, and often fatal, disease.

According to veterinarians I have spoken with, the biggest health risks to people, especially children, is from feral cats.

There are individuals, who may or may not own the cats, who decide to feed and/or make litter boxes or shelters available. Regardless of the motivation or intent, Gahanna City Ordinance 505.09(b) states: “Any person, who allows any animal habitually to remain, be lodged, or fed within any dwelling, building, yard or enclosure, which he occupies or owns, shall be considered as harboring such animal.”

505.01(a) “No person shall own, have under his care or be in control of any domestic animal, including cattle, horses, swine, sheep, goats, dogs, cats or poultry, which is at large in the city. If a domestic animal, as defined herein, is at large in the city, then the person who is the owner or who normally has care or control of the animal shall be deemed to have violated this section.”

As a homeowner, you should be concerned with free-ranging cats who decide to use your flower bed, garden or your children’s playground as a litter box. Exposure to contaminated sand or soil can increase the risk of contracting diseases spread by cats. These include bartonellosis (cat scratch disease), salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, toxoplasmosis, ringworm and intestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms.

In Gahanna, your police department is equipped to handle emergency situations where animals pose an immediate threat to people. We investigate and address violations of the law. We do not have an animal control officer and rely upon the Franklin County Dog Warden to handle all dog bites and loose dogs that we cannot catch. Franklin County does not handle cat or wild nuisance animal complaints.

We work closely with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which has regulatory authority over all wild animals in Ohio. They do not handle nuisance animal complaints but maintain a list of licensed wild animal control operators. These are private companies and are hired by the homeowner to provide a service.

Capital Area Humane Society will accept stray cats for a surrender fee.

So what can homeowners do to assist with this problem? You have several options to eliminate the conflict in the first place.

 * Remove all food sources.

 * Prevent access beneath your deck and sheds.

 * Install a chimney cap, cut back or lift the fringe of vegetation and trees.

 * Coordinate efforts with neighbors or homeowners associations.

Despite your best efforts, you may still experience problems. You can trap the problem critters, but Ohio law states that it shall be unlawful to fail to euthanize, or release on site, any nuisance raccoon, skunk, beaver, coyote, fox, or opossum that is captured, trapped or taken. By law, you can only release limited animals on the property of another with their permission. There are also laws on trap sizes, trap criteria, required tagging, species requirements and monitoring.

During my careers, I have witnessed far too many grievous wounds inflicted upon innocents by what many would describe as “harmless” animals. Similarly, I have seen an equal number of individuals who have contracted serious, and at times, life-threatening diseases from domestic and wild animals. We need to work together to prevent these senseless tragedies.

Dennis Murphy is chief of the Gahanna Division of Police.

http://www.thisweeknews.com/news/20170703/gahanna-spotlight-residents-can-prevent-issues-related-to-wildlife

Friday
May192017

BEXLEY CITIZEN POLICE ACADEMY

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Bexley Police Department Citizen Police Academy.

The academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the capabilities of the police department. It is not intended to make citizens into police officers, but to allow citizens to learn more about police operations and to experience the following: crime scene investigations, crime prevention, traffic enforcement, gang awareness, firearms/use of force, ride-along, and legal requirements.  Participants will be afforded "hands-on" experience in working with some of the equipment utilized by our officers.

The Citizen Police Academy meets on 1 evening a week between the hours of 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Academy runs for 10 weeks and is held at the Bexley Police Department's training room, located at 559 North Cassingham Road.  Participants are required to attend seven of the ten classes to be eligible for graduation. There is maximum of 12 students per class.  There is no cost to attend.

Anyone who lives or works in Bexley will be able to participate. Applicants who would not be considered are: Persons who have applications pending with a law enforcement agency, persons with known criminal history, persons under 21 years of age, and persons living and working outside of the Bexley city limits.

The Academy will run from Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Sgt. D. Overly Sheterom at 614-559-4456 or doverly@bexley.org

Friday
Jan202017

BEXLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT YOUTH ACADEMY

The youth academy has been cancelled. The academy may be rescheduled in the future, please check back for future updates. 

Friday
Dec092016

Bexley Police Department Youth Police Academy

The Bexley Police Department Youth Police Academy will provide students an opportunity to learn basic law enforcement principles. Students will participate in "hands-on" activities and team building exercises alongside a Bexley Police Officer.

Topics that will be covered: Organizational Structure and Goals/Tour of Police Facility;Traffic Laws/Traffic Stops and Approaches;OVI Procedures;Police Interactions;and Crime Scene Investigations/Evidence Collection

The Youth Police Academy will meet one evening each week for three hours between the hours of 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The academy runs for six weeks and is held at the Bexley Police Department's Training room, located at 559 North Cassingham Road.  Students are required to attend four of the six classes to be eligible for graduation. Dinner will be provided each evening.

Students between the ages of 14-17 are eligible to participate in this free program.  The 2017 Academy runs from February 2nd - March 9th.

If you are interested in participating in the Bexley Police Department Youth Police Academy, please contact Sgt. Dawn Overly Sheterom at 614-559-4456 or doverly@bexley.org.