Police Programs & Activities
In addition to the traditional law enforcement activities, Copley Police officers provide many services to Township residences and business people such as the following:
Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy
The Copley, Barberton and Norton Police Departments are proud to present a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of the Police Department. The Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy will begin March 23, 2017.
We have designed the Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communications between the citizens and their local Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the role that law enforcement has in the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of law enforcement's many responsibilities and functions.
The Southwest Summit Citizens Police Academy is a twelve week program that will be held Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for 12 weeks. The instructors will provide instruction and information concerning a particular area of law enforcement. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience how the police department functions in the community with some hands-on training.
Requirements for participants include:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed).
- Be physically able to participate in active class training's.
- Commit to attend 12 weekly 3-hour training sessions.
- Sign any required waivers or agreements.
The Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy is an important component of the Copley, Norton and Barberton Police Department's Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving philosophy. Its purpose is to provide a forum whereby you can develop a basic understanding of the Police Department's role in making our communities safer. During each session, you will be able to ask questions and interact with police officers and Academy instructors.
Anyone interested in attending the Southwest Summit Citizens Police Academy may contact Officer Tom Ballinger at 330-670-2714 or Email Tom Ballinger. In addition view and submit the Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy Application (PDF).
Residents may register bicycles with the Police Department. The Police Department maintains a copy of registration information. This could assist in recovering your bicycle if it becomes lost or stolen.
Community Emergency Response Team
The Copley Police and Fire Departments created a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is designed to educate residents on the subject of disaster preparedness. CERT meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at Guardian Angels Church. Copley Police and Fire personnel will instruct attendees on the basic skills required to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace immediately following a disaster.
Areas covered during the training include individual and family emergency preparedness, emergency medical response, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster response. CERT members practice their skills by taking part in hands-on exercises and activities.
In order for members to maintain their skills and continually learn new skills, members will be required to attend monthly meetings/trainings. Copley CERT members will also have an opportunity to participate in the Summit County CERT training program which is 16 hours of instruction sponsored by the Summit County Citizens Corps.
Apply to Serve
Please consider being part of the Copley Township CERT program, to serve families impacted when disaster strikes. For more information or to register for the CERT training, please contact Sue Mack at Copley Township Town Hall at 330-666-1853. View and submit the Community Emergency Response Team Application (PDF). Drop off the completed application at Copley Town Hall or mail to:
Copley Town Hall
1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road
Copley, Ohio 44321
Attn: Sue Mack
Email Sue Mack
A trained Crime Prevention Officer is available to assess your business or home and identify potential security problems. Officers are available to speak to neighborhood groups and service organizations. Please call Lt. Jack Simone or Chief Michael Mier to arrange a security assessment or presentation 330-666-4218.
The Copley Police Department has specially trained officers who work with our children in the classroom. The DARE Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is presented in the Copley-Fairlawn Schools. The subject matter includes lessons on drug use and misuse, personal safety, resistance techniques, decision making, and risk taking.
Hidden In Plain Sight
Looks can be deceiving. Please visit the Hidden In Plain Sight page.
When you leave your home to take vacation or business trips, our officers will check the exterior of your home periodically during your absence. Please notify our dispatchers when you leave for an extended period of time by calling 330-666-8866.
Internet Safety Education
The Copley Police Department has specially trained officers who work with our children to provide Internet Safety Education. Instruction is provided through a cooperative effort with the Copley-Fairlawn Schools.
Our neighborhoods are normally very safe. However, one way to improve the quality of life in your area is to set up a Neighborhood Watch. If you and your neighbors are interested in organizing a Neighborhood Watch, please call Chief Michael Mier at 330-666-4218. We can provide training to you and your neighbors and place Neighborhood Watch signs to help prevent crime in your neighborhood.
The Copley Police Department law Enforcement Explorers is a career based program that delves into the world of law enforcement.If you ever thought you might be interested in a federal, state of local career in law enforcement, corrections, security, park service, federal agent, border patrol, homeland security, coast guard, etc., and you are between the ages of 14-21, then this program is for you.
The Explorers is a Learning for Life program that encourages youth to focus on leadership, character education, citizenship, life skills, team work and problem solving. The Law Enforcement Explorers will learn skills and conduct training on search and arrest, traffic stops, report writing, accident investigation, crime scene management and many more topics. In addition, the Explorers may have the opportunity to assist police officers during community events and functions. Members of Copley Post 2600 meet in the evening on the first and third Thursday of each month. Contact Officer Joel Marmet at 330-666-4218 or Email Joel Marmet for further inquiries.
Preventive Patrol Notifications
While on routine patrol, Copley Police officers often make note of potential security risks, such as garage doors left open during the late evening hours, valuable property left outdoors, open windows or doors, or overgrown bushes. When an officer notices these situations, he/she will often leave a notification card at your home. No further action is needed. This is our way of pointing out security concerns, so corrections can be made for your safety. By working together we can maintain the safe neighborhoods you have come to enjoy and expect.
Safety Town is a five-day summer education program for children who will be starting kindergarten in the fall. Police officers and firefighters provide instruction on how to stay safe. Lessons include how to cross streets safely, to avoid strangers, use of seat belts, bus safety, bicycle safety, and more. Children will experience and practice a variety of situations to help them recognize and deal with unsafe situations.
Participants must be Copley Township residents or reside within the Copley-Fairlawn City School District. There is no fee to participate. Forms will be available in the spring online and at Copley Schools Kindergarten registration. The date for registration opening will coincide with Copley-Fairlawn School's kindergarten registration date.
The Copley Police Department has offered the Share-a-Christmas Program since 1980. The police department accepts donations of new toys and cash, which are used to provide gifts for less fortunate children living in Copley Township or attending the Copley-Fairlawn Schools. Toy donations and checks may be made payable to Copley Police Department and brought to 1280 Sunset Drive.
The Share-A-Christmas program is for Copley Fairlawn City School students and/or Copley and Fairlawn residents only. Please call Copley Police Department with questions.
1280 Sunset Drive
Copley, OH 44321
Senior Watch Program
Copley Township is now offering a Senior Watch Program. This program will provide daily checks for senior citizens or disabled adults, who reside in Copley, live alone and do not have the means or capacity to leave their home, or have friends or family immediately available to check on their well being. This program is intended to provide residents living alone with a sense of security as well as comfort in knowing that assistance is coming should they become incapacitated. Please call Copley Police Department for details 330-666-4218.
In some situations, when a child has made a poor decision and been arrested for a non-violent offense, the case can be handled through the Bath / Copley Youth Diversion Program. This is a joint program offered by the Bath and Copley Police Departments. The program is designed to hold youths accountable for their actions but keep them from entering the Juvenile Court system. Intervention services are provided when appropriate. Our officers work with the child offender and parents. If the child or his/her parents fail to comply with the program goals, the child’s case can be immediately forwarded to the Summit County Juvenile Court and handled as a normal criminal matter.