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: City Public Safety Directors
From: Tom Robbins, Service/ Safety Director, Marion, President
Greetings once again. It is amazing how quickly the year 2013 seemed to fly by. 2014 has undoubtedly brought new challenges for all of us. As we all know, this is an understatement, particularly when it comes to budget issues. One fact we DO know, and is crystal clear, none of us are alone in this challenge.
As president, I still feel it is imperative that we each make a concerted effort to reach out to and to contact each and every Public Safety Director in the State of Ohio, and encourage each of them to join our organization.
We must continue to stress to everyone we can that the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors is a good, solid, assiduous organization to join, dedicated to addressing the special municipal problems, issues, 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 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, of Public Safety Directors, that we work to keep abreast of new legislation and other issues which impact or affect the public safety of the cities and villages of our state that we proudly serve, and that we are ready and willing to assist in any way our organization can. I still believe there is power in constructive numbers, as well as power in enthusiasm and commitment.
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 2, 2014. This years' conference will be held at the County Commissioners Association of Ohio Conference Center, Columbus, Ohio . There will be no charge for the Public Safety Director who attends this conference, as long as his or her membership dues are paid, but there will be a $20.00 fee for each guest brought with them.
We have two very strong presenters this year; Ernest Mitchell Jr., U. S. Fire Administrator and Bruce Hennes, crisis communications specialist. Both of these presenters should be of great interest so I strongly encourage that each Safety Director brings his or her Mayor, Police Chief and Fire Chief to our conference.
Additionally, this will be our first year in which vendors have been invited who will offer various products of interest for attendees to visit. We are expecting between ten (10) and fifteen (15) vendors to attend.
The OAPSD is also experimenting with quarterly regional seminars if an effort to offer conveniently located updates of interest to our members across the state. Please offer suggestions on topics that you would like to see.