By Sergeant Justin Nevison
The Middlefield Police Department’s Goal for the 2016 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign is to reduce alcohol related incidents by raising awareness and educating the public about the campaign as well as safe and responsible alternatives to driving while impaired. Some of our shifts have had extra staffing to assist in the campaign. We want the public to know they have a big role in assisting law enforcement in identifying, locating and intercepting impaired drivers.
By calling and reporting suspected impaired driving, the public is potentially saving the life of the impaired motorist, as well as the life of any other motorist/pedestrian(s) on the roadway at that time. We are not only out there for OVI enforcement, we also want to educate the offender of treatment programs available in Geauga County so they do not become repeat offenders, or seriously injure themselves or the public. We’ve distributed materials throughout Middlefield Village to promote awareness, such as shopping bags, napkins, coasters, magnets. We’ve also posted several banners in high traffic areas of the village. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
The Middlefield Police Department is located at 14860 N. State Ave. (44062). Call 440-632-3527 or 440-632-3532.
The Middlefield Police Department is offering a Citizen’s Police Academy. If you are over 18 and are interested in learning more about police work, fill out the application at www.middlefieldohio.com and return it to the MPD Records Department. If you have questions regarding this program please contact Officer Gray at 440-632-3535 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the 10-week class (Oct. 4 – Dec. 6, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room above the Middlefield Fire Department) students will learn about local police operations, including policy and procedures, traffic stops, accidents/private property, investigations, pursuits, OVI stops, domestic violence, victim advocates, crime scenes, mental health, a tour of the Geauga County Safety Center and an opportunity to ride-a-long with MPD officers. Experts from the Middlefield Police Department, the Bureau of Criminal Investigations, the Sheriff’s Office and Ravenwood will participate in the instruction.