The Division of Police offers numerous safety and educational programs to the public, from hosting National Night Out, to the annual Citizen Police Academy program, to group tours and speaker services. Learn about the various programs offered by the division below.
For information on any of the programs listed below, follow the link or contact the Division of Police non-emergency line at (614) 237-6333.
- Citizen Police Academy
- Mobile Community Watch
- Car Seat Inspections
- Drug Drop Box
- Police and Fire Chaplains
- Next of Kin Registry
- Do Not Knock Registry
- Security Camera List
Citizen Police Academy
The Whitehall Citizens’ Police Academy offers an insight into the operations of the Whitehall Division of Police. The academy educates citizens about the "hows" and "whys" of the department and the citizens’ role in community oriented policing. Suspicions and misconceptions are dispelled through this educational process, which helps increase police and community rapport.
Residents or individuals, at least 18 years old, employed within the city limits of Whitehall can attend the academy.
A wide variety of topics are covered during the academy. Participants will receive insight into the day-to-day operations of the Division of Police. In addition, participants will learn more about the functions of a police officer, including the legalities of police work and become acquainted with the different divisions within the department such as the Detective Bureau, Communications, and Special Weapons and Tactic (SWAT).
This is an excellent opportunity to meet the individuals who work to protect and serve you. You will gain a true knowledge of your local police and a chance to improve the working relationship between citizens and police. It is through this program that we can work together to sustain the Whitehall community pride.
The latest class of the Whitehall Citizens Police Academy began in August. The Division of Police is currently accepting applications for future sessions. Residents or individuals at least 18 years old who live or are employed within the City of Whitehall are able to attend the academy. For more information and to apply, contact Officer Brian Smith at email@example.com or at 614-237-6333 x1494.
Mobile Community Watch
The Whitehall Mobile Community Watch Program is comprised of neighborhoods, much like your own, that have decided to insure the safety of their community by forming a partnership with the Whitehall Division of Police. Volunteers wear uniforms that proudly display to any potential criminal that they are the eyes and ears of law enforcement within this community.
Over 100,000 members from communities across the country currently help law enforcement keep their neighborhoods safe by volunteering as a part of various community watch programs. Each member of the Whitehall Mobile Community Watch receives training, uniforms, and guidance from the Whitehall Division of Police to ensure that this program succeeds in helping eliminate crime from your neighborhood.
All members of the Whitehall Mobile Community Watch are supervised by a sworn law enforcement liaison officer who will monitor the performance of patrols under their jurisdiction.
Resident & Police Partnership
The Mobile Community Watch Program is an effective approach to residential safety, awareness, and involvement and serves as a strong deterrent against unlawful actions of potential criminals. Considerable credit for the reduction of crime rates is attributed to the presence of the mobile community watch on the streets of participating neighborhoods, plus the continuous vigilance of individual patrol members.
The effectiveness of any neighborhood community watch is totally dependent on the efficient management of the program by its patrol leaders, together with the loyalty and dedication shared among the individual members. Your willingness to serve with the program is a positive indication of your enthusiastic interest in the safety and security of your neighborhood. Your time and energy will be a most worthwhile investment for the betterment of your community.
Awareness and involvement are keys to a successful Community Watch Program. Keeping interest high and continuing the group’s crime prevention education must be the primary focuses of all participants.
Mobile Community Watch Program
Car Seat Inspections
Car seat checks are performed by Officer Tom Brown who has been extensively trained and certified by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in child safety seat installation and inspection.
If you would like to schedule a car seat check appointment, please contact Officer Tom Brown at (614) 237-6333 ext. 1498 or by email at Thomas.Brown@whitehall-oh.us.
For more information on child safety please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here.
Drug Drop Box
The City of Whitehall Division of Police, in collaboration with the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, is pleased to announce the addition of a Drug Drop Box to the list of services provided to the citizens of Whitehall.
Recognizing that rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States is alarmingly high and difficult to address, the Drug Drop Box Program has been instituted as a means to combat the diversion of legally prescribed drugs for illegal sales and abuse.
Secondly, the program provides a safe and convenient manner in which the citizens of Whitehall can rid their homes of expired or unneeded prescribed or over the counter drugs, many of which are controlled substances. By providing this service, drugs can be safely disposed of in a controlled manner, instead of being flushed into our water supply or tossed out in household trash. Collected drugs from this program will be disposed of in accordance with acceptable public health guidelines.
To utilize this service, citizens can simply bring their expired or unneeded drugs to the lobby of the Whitehall Division of Police, located at 365 S. Yearling Road, at any time (the lobby is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) and drop them into the secure, marked box that looks similar to a mailbox. No paperwork is required and the process is done anonymously.
No syringes or liquids of any kind may be deposited into the box. The program is only set up to accept pills, tablets and drug patches.
Police and Fire Chaplains
A new Chaplaincy Program has been recently implemented by the divisions of Police and Fire. Our team of chaplains is comprised of three pastors from the Whitehall / Columbus area who are here to serve the men and women of the two divisions as well as our citizens. Our volunteer chaplains will be on call to assist during crises or tragedies that our emergency personnel or citizens may encounter. Examples would be traumatic injuries or death, various medical emergencies, and police or fire related matters.
To speak with a chaplain or for questions on the program, please contact Miranda Vandegriff at (614) 246-7411.
Next of Kin Registry
Next of kin registration is a critical information for emergency first responders. If you would like to register next of kin information with the Division of Police, complete the next of kin registration form.
This form must be returned in person to the Whitehall Division of Police.
Do Not Knock Registry
Register to prohibit peddlers or solicitors going door to door from knocking on your door. Register here >>