Team up with Mentor Police Through iWatchNEOhio
Available for Android, Blackberry and Apple devices, the app allows users to report crimes or suspicious activity to police and gives them plenty of options, including submitting text or voice messages and sending in pictures or video. Users also can label their tip with 21 different crime categories, including animal abuse, arson, DUI, robbery or vandalism. The app also allows users to track the status of tips they have submitted and sign up for mobile crime, traffic and weather alerts.
Download the app on www.iwatchneohio.com or by searching “iWatchNEOhio” in the Google Play store or Apple’s App Store.
May 4, 2013 Bil-Jac Foods and the German Shepherd Dog Club of Northern Ohio, Inc. hosted their Annual Hero Dog Awards Presentation for 2012 at Longwood Park in Macedonia, Ohio.
Patrolman Terry Wurgler and K9 Titan received a Top Honor Award for Apprehension and Patrolman Bill Mackey and K9 Bo received a Top Honor Award for Tracking. Both K9 teams were presented a plaque and medal.
Employees of the Year
April 25, 2013 Each year, the employees of the Mentor Police Department, sworn and civilian, are given the opportunity to nominate and vote for the officer of the year and the civilian employee of the year. These awards are given to employees who embody the principals of the Mentor Police Department, maintain a standard of excellence in their daily work, and serve as role models to their co-workers.
We are proud to announce that the personnel of the department have named Lieutenant Tom Powers and Dispatcher Linda Hulderman as employees of the year for 2012
Lieutenant Tom Powers has served the citizens of Mentor for over 33 years, working as a Patrolman, Road Sergeant and Lieutenant. Currently, Lieutenant Powers is in charge of the Detective Bureau. Lt. Powers treats everyone with respect and listens to new ideas to improve the department and its ability to provide the best service for our residents.
Lt. Powers has been very involved with the Mentor Police Athletic Association for many years. He puts many hours of his own time and shows a true dedication to the Cops and Kids program. He runs an annual golf outing which raises money to provide a nice Christmas to the underprivileged children within the City of Mentor. The Kops and Kids program creates a very positive environment within the police departments, its members, and the community.
This is the second consecutive year that Dispatcher Linda Hulderman has received this recognition. Linda began her career as a dispatcher for the city in 1979. She resigned in 1986 to raise her family and returned to work part time in 2007 and continued to full time in 2010.
Linda has proven to be a reliable, highly competent and compassionate dispatcher. She ahs a strong work ethic and a professional demeanor.
Linda has a very professional voice and does not rattle easily. She goes out of her way to give out helpful and necessary information. Being a good team player is essential to the patrol/dispatch function and Linda truly exemplifies this quality.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Tom Powers and Dispatcher Linda Hulderman on their awards!
Mentor Police Win Award
|Capt. Knight and AAA Safety Coordinator JT Miller|
November 15, 2012 Independence, Ohio Today, AAA East Central announced the national award winners for Northeast Ohio. Several communities in Lake County received awards ranging from Bronze to Gold, but the City of Mentor was the only community to receive the prestigious Platinum Award. Captain Knight and Officer Marilyn Satterfield were in attendance to receive the honor. Each year, AAA accepts applications from communicates and are asked to describe in detail the efforts and successes of their transportation safety initiatives.Emphasis is placed upon what AAA calls the “3E’s”: enforcement, education and engineering.
There are four national awards given each year, each based on the size and level of success of a city’s efforts. The top platinum award is given to communities that have achieved great success within the area of traffic safety. The gold award recognizes projects and initiatives that demonstrate superior effort within traffic safety. Silver award recipients have implemented traffic safety initiatives that demonstrate a strong, sustained effort. Finally, the bronze honors substantial efforts in traffic safety.
The City provides a Mentor Police received three traffic enforcement grants in 2011 and participates in all the National Mobilization campaigns. This is in addition to the Third Grade Seatbelt program and poster contest, high school mixer and shakers program, bike helmet purchasing and safety citation programs, Officer Phil elementary school program, child safety seat inspections, a Bicycle Patrol Unit, and the list goes on and on. Officers are members of the Lake County Safe Communities and the Greater Cleveland Safe Kids Coalitions which provide the public with many safety initiatives and countywide projects.
Mentor Police Hires Police Officers
July 1, 2013
Kevin Hatch began his career with Cleveland RTA as a mechanic in 2006. While at RTA he was promoted to foreman and was twice chosen as “employee of the month”. Kevin completed his basic police training in May 2012 at the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. Wanting a career in law enforcement he applied for and was hired as an RTA police officer in 2012. Kevin has also served the past 14 years in the Marine Reserves. His current rank in the USMC Reserves is Gunny Sergeant.
Having become a carpenter’s apprentice at age 18 directly out of high school, Michael Amiott was employed full time as a union carpenter and was a carpenter steward with the Cleveland Carpenters Union. Michael completed his basic police training in June 2012 at the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. He also was employed as a part time police officer with the Grand River Police Department.
February 25, 2013
Ryan Butler started his career with Forest City Enterprises where he was the Corporate Assistant Director of Security for the past 8 months. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University with a double major in Criminology and Sociology.
Ryan completed his basic police training at the Ohio State Patrol Academy.
December 17, 2012
Bryan Wayne previously worked for the Hinckley Police Department, where he was a full-time police officer for the past three years. Bryan graduated from Maplewood High School & Columbus State Community College with an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Law Enforcement along with Ohio University with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree. Bryan completed his basic police academy training at the Lorain Community College.
Ric Smith previously worked for five years at Progressive Insurance. Ric graduated from Riverside High School & American Intercontinental University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Psychology. Ric completed his basic police academy training at Lakeland Community College.
November 6, 2012
Matt Jacob was a Reserve Officer Hubbard Twp. Police Department for the past eight months. In December of 2011, Matt graduated cum laude and received his Bachelor of Science in Applied Science degree from Youngstown State University. He completed his basic police academy training at YSU.
Bryan Distelrath worked for the past four years at Conneaut Police Department. He completed his basic police academy training at Lakeland Community College. Bryan received his Bachelor of Arts Science degree in Justice Studies from Kent State University.
Records Room Clerks “Revive” Front Lobby Display Case
July 2012 The ladies of the Record Room Division are happy to announce the unveiling of the “revived” Mentor Police Department’s front lobby display case! The former display case was frankly looking a bit “old & tired” and in need of a face lift.
The location of the case coupled with the large daily volume of traffic to the lobby area just seemed to lend itself as the perfect opportunity for additional communication with our visitors.
The idea to use the case as a continuously changing conduit for education and awareness on a variety of events and subjects was the brainchild of some great teamwork. That teamwork coupled with the enthusiastic support from Chief Llewellyn was all that was needed to “jump start” the project and bring it to fruition.
This month’s highlights include the “Police Unity Tour” held in Washington D.C. this past May and the top three winners of the Third Grade Seatbelt Safety poster contest. The display case also is promoting current programs such as Mentor Police Department’s bicycle helmet and bicycle registration programs.
Look for the contents of the case to change on a monthly basis with fresh and up to date content. Subjects such as the new K9’s officers, Camp 911, and the Special Olympic Torch Run are just a few of the display’s highlights in the upcoming weeks.
The only constant to remain in the case is the display for fallen officer Ptl. Lawrence Yaxley. His duty hat, photos, and the story of his accidental death have been respectfully displayed in a manner in which we believe the family would appreciate.
If you have any events, programs or memorabilia that you would like to see displayed in the case please contact Diana Lombardo-Bruening or Debbie Korecz in the Records Division at (440) 974-5762.
Mentor Police Hires Corrections Officer
June 2012 The Mentor Police Department welcomes Nancy Gasper as a full time Corrections Offficer. Nancy has worked as a part time corrections officer since January. Prior to coming to Mentor, Nancy had experience with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, where she worked in the jail for two years.
Mentor Hires Captain’s Secretary
April 2012 Mentor Police Department welcomes Karen Brooks to the Administrative Staff. Karen was hired for the position of Secretary to the three Captains and to assist with ancillary duties as assigned. She comes to us from Euclid Police Department where she worked as a Dispatcher for 3 years and the Detective Bureau Secretary for 10 years.
Don’t Be A Victim of a SCAM
Thieves and con artists are relentless in trying to separate you from your hard-earned money. One of the latest scams involves the thief calling a home and convincing the victim that he or she is their grandson or granddaughter, who will need money to get out of jail after an accident in Canada. Many victims have related that the voice does sound like the relative. The victim is instructed to wire money so the “grandchild” or other relative can get bailed out of jail. Variations on the scam have noted that the grandchild was in an unfortunate incident where drugs were found or that the grandchild has been in an accident or altercation. The money is usually wired to a foreign country and may not even be to Canada. The victim is usually instructed to wire the money using a Western Union at a Wal-Mart, Drug Mart, K-Mart or grocery store. Sometimes the thief tells the victim not to mention the reason for the wiring of the cash to the Western Union Representatives. This is because Western Union is aware of the scams and will tell the victim not to wire the money. If the victim does wire money, of course, the victim finds out later that the loved one is home, and has not been to Canada.
Please keep in mind the following:
- Do not ever send money to some unknown entity in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, Western Union wire, etc. It is basically untraceable.
- Always check with the loved one before wiring money. Call later in the day if they do not answer. Call another close relative even if the “grandchild” says not to tell anyone. Do not call the number the scammers give you to call the victim.
- If you feel somebody has contacted you about a scam, please be sure to contact the police and file a report immediately.