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:
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 - CERT
The Copley Police and Fire Departments are interested in creating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT is designed to educate residents on the subject of disaster preparedness. The sessions will begin in April and are intended to inform citizens about hazards that may impact the Copley Township area. 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.
Please consider being part of the Copley Township CERT program, to serve families impacted when disaster strikes. Registrations are being accepted through March 2013. For more information or to register for the CERT training, please contact Sue Mack at Copley Township Town Hall at 330-666-1853. Click here to download and print an application for CERT. 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
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 Officer Duane Scott or Chief Michael Mier to arrange a security assessment or presentation.
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.
That's the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township Police Departments in 2011. The display is called "Hidden in Plain Sight." The departments constructed what apprears to be the bedroom of the average teenager. But items that are taken for granted as nothing but the usual accessories may actually be signals that the teenager could be involed in risky and even illegal activity including substance abuse, underage drinking, eating disorders, sexual activity and more.
Exploration and interaction with the exhibit is encouraged. Adults in attendance will be able to get an up-close look at the items in the room and be shown how they can be used. Participants will be enlightened, educated and astonished.
Presentations are open to adults only. There is a 90 minute PowerPoint presentation that accompanies the exhibit.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - Nordonia High School, 8006 South Bedford Road, Northfield
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - Copley High School, 3797 Ridgewood Road, Copley
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - Garfield Civic Center, 5407 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, Ohio
Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Woodridge High School, 440 Quick Road, Peninsula
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - James A. Garfield Elementary School, 10233 State Route 88, Garrettsville.
For all events, doors open at 6:30 p.m., 90 minute presentation at 7:00 p.m.
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 330-666-4218 or 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 Officer Duane Scott or 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.
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 online and at Copley Schools Kindergarten registration.
Registration for 2013 will begin on May 21; the five day summer safety program for children entering kindergarten will take place July 8-12, 2013. Forms will be available online, at the Copley Police Department, and at Kindergarten registration.
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.
The Share-A-Christmas program is for Copley Fairlawn City School students and/or Copley and Fairlawn residents only! All Copley-Fairlawn City School students who are on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be receiving an application in the mail around Thanksgiving.
SHARE-A-CHRISTMAS INFORMATION FOR 2012
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. Click here for full details and instructions or Call Officer Scott for details 330-666-8866.
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.