Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors

Date:    March 2019

To:       Directors of Public Safety

From:   Lori A. Cope

            OAPSD President
            Mansfield Safety/Service Director

Greetings!  The New Year has undoubtedly brought new challenges for all of us.  Feeling safe and secure within our homes and communities is a basic human desire and essential function of local government. It is a key determinant in the perception of the quality of life in a community. As communities grow or contract, the need for safe public, private, residential, commercial and industrial environments, where citizens are able to fully enjoy and connect with their communities continues. The nature of public service dictates that none of us are alone in these public safety challenges.

As OAPSD President, I believe it is imperative that we each make a concerted effort to contact each and every Director of Public Safety in the State of Ohio, and encourage all of them to join our organization.

We must continue to stress to everyone we can that the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors is an important voice for state and local safety forces and public safety issues. The OAPSD is dedicated to addressing the unique problems, issues, responsibilities, and experiences of public safety officials, and to promote the general health and welfare of the cities, townships and villages of the State of Ohio.  Further, we need to emphasize that we do not each have to stand alone with our individual issues, problems, and concerns. As OAPSD members, we strive to keep abreast of new legislation and other public safety issues which impact or affect the public safety of the cities and villages of our great state. The OAPSD stands ready and willing to assist member communities. 

Also, I want to remind you that the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors Annual Spring Conference will be held this year on May 2nd, 2019. This years' conference will be held at the Ohio State Reformatory, 100 Reformatory Rd, Mansfield Ohio  44905. There will be no charge for members who attend this conference, as long as his or her membership dues are paid. There will be a $50.00 fee for each guest. We have scheduled a time to tour the prison immediately following the conference, and is included in the cost of the conference.  This is a fabulous tour that will allow you to visit the location of the making of the Hollywood films; Air Force One, Tango and Cash, and the world renowned blockbuster; Shawshank Redemption.   Please allow time to take this unforgettable tour!  Again this year the OAPSD will invite a number of public safety vendors to attend the annual seminar, who will offer various products of interest for attendees to visit. 

The OAPSD is also experimenting with quarterly regional seminars in an effort to offer conveniently located updates on topics of interest to our members across the state. Suggestions on topics that you would like to see featured in these seminars are welcomed.