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:
Southwest 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 Southwest Summit Citizens Police Academy is a program that operates every other year and will take place again in 2021.
We have designed the Southwest 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 Tuesday 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.
- Commit to attending 12 weekly 3-hour training sessions.
- Sign any required waivers or agreements.
The Southwest 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 Detective Tom Ballinger at 330-670-2712 or Email Tom Ballinger. In addition view and submit the Southwest Summit Citizens Police Academy Application (PDF).
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 on 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/training. 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 Chief Mier or the Copley Police Department 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 homes 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.