Ohio Association of Public Safety/Service Directors
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The purpose of this organization shall be to provide an opportunity for Public Safety officers to meet as a separate group for the discussion of municipal problems generally or the special problems, responsibilities and experiences of public safety officers as a special class of officials and to promote the general welfare of the cities and villages of this State by appropriate means, including but not limited to the following:
(a) the maintenance of a central bureau of information and research for collection, analysis and dissemination of information dealing with public safety;
(b) the fostering of conferences of safety officials, schools and short courses for the discussion and study of public safety problems and techniques involved in their solution; the rendering of such special and general services as may be deemed advisable; the publication and circulation of an official newsletter and such bulletins and reports on public safety as may be compiled from time to time; and
(c) the securing of the cooperation of universities and institutions of higher learning in furnishing the services of members of the faculty and students in assembling and analyzing information concerning public safety and in the conduct of schools and short courses in the field of public safety administration
(d) the securing of harmony of action among the municipalities of Ohio and other agencies of government in all matters which affect the citizens of Ohio in creating the awareness of all levels of government of the problems and challenges of public safety in Ohio by presenting the facts and experiences upon which to formulate sound policies.
To: Directors of Public Safety
From: Matt Hiscock, OAPSD President , Director of Public Safety , City of Wadsworth
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, townships 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 Friday, May 8, 2015. This years' conference will be held at the Reynoldsburg Police Department, 7240 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg Ohio, 43068. There will be no charge for Directors of Public Safety who attend this conference, as long as his or her membership dues are paid.There will be a $20.00 fee for each guest.
Again this year the OAPSD has invited 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.