The Oregon Police Division Uniform Patrol Section is the backbone of the Police Division. The patrol section is divided into three (3) watches which cover four (4) primary districts within the city.
The patrol division responds to all calls for service, conducts preliminary investigations, investigates vehicular crashes and enforces the criminal and traffic codes. The Oregon Police Division is committed to the community policing philosophy and this is most visible through the road patrol section. The patrol section also tries to identify community problems and is committed to developing a partnership with our citizens to provide a community setting in which we can live and work safely.
|Asst. Chief P. Magdich||(419) 698-7059||Sgt. C. Bliss||(419) 690-7313|
|Patrol Section Sergeants||(419) 698-7054||Sgt. E. Depinet||(419) 698-7178|
|Sgt. J. Martin||(419) 698-7179|
The Oregon Police Detective Bureau is responsible for conducting follow-up investigations. The detective bureau gathers evidence, identifies suspects and prepares chargeable cases against perpetrators of crimes.
|Detective Section||(419) 698-7057||Adult Investigations|
|Asst. Chief P. Magdich||(419) 698-7059||Det. M. Blazevich||(419) 698-7060|
|Det. J. Zale||(419) 698-7139|
The Oregon Police Vice/Narcotics Officers aggressively investigate citizens tips of drug related activity, liquor violations or gambling problems. Although we would prefer to speak with you about your concerns, you can always provide information anonymously. You may contact this office at (419) 698-7058.
|The Oregon Police Division actively utilizes the bike patrol to improve community relations and offer alternative tactics in the enforcement and prevention of crime. Bike patrols may be used on any shift of duty during the spring, summer and fall months. Officers that are assigned to the bicycle patrol have been properly trained to ride in all types of situations and terrains. They have also been trained in the use of firearms while utilizing the bicycles.|
The Oregon Police Division is committed to Community Policing techniques and the bicycle patrol has offered a way for the officers to get in closer contact with the neighborhoods and their residents. Officers who are assigned to the bicycle patrol also teach young riders about the proper equipment and safety measures they should use while riding.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education
|Learning to say "No" to drugs and violence is the essence of D.A.R.E., an anti-drug program developed in Los Angeles in 1983. The program is co-sponsored in Ohio by the State Attorney General, The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police and the Ohio Department of Education. It is presented by local law enforcement in school districts across the state. The Oregon Police Division began using the program in 1991.|
D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Resistance Education - uses uniformed officers to teach the curriculum, which aims to equip young people with the skills to resist negative peer pressure. The instructors are experienced officers selected for their abilities in human relations and communications. Training takes place at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy located in London, OH
Officers in D.A.R.E. work closely with school resource officers and the Community Policing Unit. For more Information about D.A.R.E. contact Officer Sara Shaw at (419) 698-7186.
D.A.R.E. is also incorporated into the health curriculum in the Oregon middle school. The D.A.R.E. middle school program is offered in the seventh grade. The closely related Violence Education and Gang Awareness program is presented in the sixth grade. These officers also visit the lower level grades throughout the year.
Resource Officer Program
|During the 1998-1999 school year, the Oregon Board of Education and the City of Oregon Police Division joined together to support the new School Resource Officer Program. Outside of the DARE Program police officers have only periodically spent time in the middle schools and the high school. As part of this Community Oriented Policing initiative, the school resource officers will devote much of their time developing positive relationships with the students in the middle schools and the high school.|
The resource officers engage in a variety of activities designed to increase the understanding between the students, the faculty and the law enforcement community. All of the Officers' activities are designed to reinforce and compliment the goals of the school.
|Sgt. T. Castillo||(419) 698-7180|
|Clay High School SRO T. McLeod||(419) 698-7185|
|Fassett Jr. High SRO M. Potter||(419) 698-7187|
Special Response Team
The Oregon Police Special Response Team (SRT) began in 1990 when four officers were sent to the first tactical school presented by the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy (OPOTA) in London, OH. The school was taught by members of the Miami Metro Dade Police Department who had the only full time team in the country at the time. The team became fully operational in 1991 with the training of additional officers. Team members have also received additional basic or advanced training from the FBI, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, The Toledo Police Department, The Columbus Police Department, The Findlay Police Division, and Singleton International. The team's first vehicle was a retired ambulance purchased for the team by a local business. The current vehicle is a retired Life Squad donated by Lucas County EMS.
The team is currently made up of 10 officers with between 2 and 20 years of team experience. The SRT is a part time assignment requiring its members to be ready for call out 24/7 by means of a paging system. All officers assigned have other full time daily assignments. The team is very well trained, very well equiped, and highly motivated. Many of the SRT members are certified to instruct in various disciplines pertinent to the mission of the team and its specialized equipment. The SRT is generally used in high risk situations in and around the Oregon, Lucas County area, when requested.
To be selected, officers must be well regarded by their superiors and successfully pass a rigorous physical test, as well as displaying proficiency with firearms. All of these officers are tested in these areas annually and must successfully complete the testing to remain on the team. All officers applying for assignment to the SRT must agree to a 5 year commitment due to the cost of training and equipment.
Early in 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Chief's of Oregon, Maumee, Sylvania and Sylvania Township Police Departments to merge the teams into a regional entity. All members of the combined unit went through additional basic training to insure a shared skill set when working together as one team. Combined, the 4 teams bring more than 30 officers together in a shared mission with hundreds of years of combined experience. All teams train individually on a monthly basis and together on a quarterly basis.
Sgt. Tony Castillo is currently the commander of the Oregon SRT.
The twelve member unit of the Oregon Police Honor Guard was established in 2003. The Honor Guard was created to pay tribute to "Those who went before, and to memoralize our fallen comrades. These men and women have committed themselves to be a support mechanism for the families of Officers who have been killed and/orinjured in the line of duty. Since the inception of the unit, members of the Oregon Police Honor Guard have participated in funerals and memorial services throughout Ohio and neighboring states to honor members of the Law Enforcement community and their families who have paid, and will pay, the ultimate sacrifice.
The Honor Guard trains frequently in order to maintain constant precision and professional appearance while representing the Oregon Police Division at important community events. We train with the motto: " the best we can do, is the least we can do."
Police K-9 Unit
|In 2013, Oregon's first K-9 "Grimm" joined the agency. "Grimm" and his handler, SGT Jeff Martin attended six weeks of basic instruction and continue to train on a daily basis with each other. "Grimm" is capable of detecting illicit substances as well as trakcing and apprehending fleeing suspects amongst other talents. A few area businesses have contributed to the K-9 program as well. Toledo Refining Company donated several thousand dollars to cover the purchase of the dog, Maumee Bay Veteranary Hospital is assisting with the vet care and Pet Finatics is providing food and other supplies for "Grimm". This program would not be possible without the support of the community and these businesses.|
Northern Border Initiative
|Securing northen borders requires a joint effort of several police agencies. The State of Ohio shares a 158 mile border with Canada that cuts across Lake Erie. The area within the jurisdiction of the Oregon Police Division hosts international shipping routes, commercial fishing operations, land based utility facilities that include major oil refineries, power plants, and two water treatment plants; as wells as major shoreline recreational areas.|
|The Norther Border Initiative (NBI) was organized by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and its division of Homeland Security. The NBI has brought together several law enforcement agencies for the purpose of sharing information, training together, and patrolling the areas jointly. Nearly 60 agencies have partnered with Federal Agencies that include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, and the Ohio National Guard.|
Oregon Police Officers and the Lucas County Sheriff's Deputies serve on a state-of-the art, all weather rescue boat owned and operated by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office; and on a Boston Whaler owned by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, that also patrols Lake Erie. The multi-jurisdictional water patrols, that make safety inspections and inquisitive stops on the lake, also address routine safety issues such as boating under the influence and vessels in distress.
Article Reference: Bailer, Bryn (2009, April) Oregon (Ohio) Police Division - Securing Northern Borders. Police-The Law Enforcement Magazine. 70-71.
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