The Bainbridge Township Police Department was founded on June 1, 1975. Initially the department consisted of a chief and four patrolmen. In September, 1989, a full-time communication center was established serving all police, fire, and rescue services within Bainbridge Township. By 1992, the police force in Bainbridge consisted of fourteen full-time officers and four part-time officers.
Currently there are eighteen full-time officers and one part-time officer. To be a Bainbridge police officer, you must have a four year degree in any field, an associate's degree in Criminal Justice, or five full years of previous service. In service training programs and law enforcement-related courses are encouraged and provided. These programs are necessary to constantly improve the efficiency of individual members. In addition to the officers, there are six dispatchers, one records clerk/dispatcher and an administrative assistant.
On average, the Bainbridge Police Department receives over 10,000 calls for service and makes over 300 arrests annually. The department currently operates with ten marked squad cars and several unmarked vehicles used for surveillance and investigations.
In August, 2004, the Bainbridge Township Police Department moved into their new building on Bainbridge Road. The new station includes a state-of-the-art communications center, expanded evidence-processing rooms, holding cells, a five bay shooting range and a physical fitness center. A records room provides easy access to four years of police reports. With the increase in investigative work, especially involving fraud and identity-theft cases, more space has been provided for the department's growing detective and investigative units.
The department has two K-9s. Sgt. Jon Weiner is the handler for Ozzie, a Belgian Malinois that was purchased in March of 2012; and Ptl. Jon Newcomb is the handler for Roc, a German Shepherd purchased in July of 2012. Both dogs are trained to sniff for illegal narcotics and are trained in tracking, suspect apprehension, building search and area and article search. Our K-9 Program is completely funded by private donations, and we are very fortunate that our community is so supportive of this program.
The department provides a number of community related programs to enhance interaction and understanding among the residents which include D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Block Watch, a neighborhood watch program. Additionally, our Citizen's Academy is offered once a year, in the fall, to all Bainbridge residents. This is a free program beginning on the Tuesday after Labor Day. The program runs for eight weeks with each week covering a different topic such as crime scene investigations, firearms and safety, patrol techniques and a K-9 demonstration.
Before leaving your home for vacation, or for other reasons, notify the Bainbridge Police to have your name added to our House Watch Service. An officer will walk around the property to make sure that all the doors are locked and nothing looks suspicious. We will do this daily, until you return, unless there is an emergency requiring all of our manpower.
We have several officers that are certified in the installation of car seats. You can stop by, or schedule an appointment, and an officer will install the car seat according to regulations.
If you lock yourself out of your vehicle, call us and we will make every attempt to open your car.
Our Safety Town Program, which was started in 1976, is designed for children about to enter kindergarten and educates them in traffic, home and bicycle safety. This is a two week program free to all children in the Kenston School District. Private donations and proceeds from the Annual Police Department Golf Outing provide the funds for the operating expenses of our Safety Town Program. The registration form for Safety Town is available on this website. It can be completed on line and forwarded to our department.