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Traffic Enforcement

Traffic enforcement is a daily task to keep roadways safe for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.  We utilize multiple tools to assist with investigating and combating traffic complaints.  We use a traffic counting device that captures data on speed and vehicle count to identify when violations are occurring. Based on this information we will utilize the radar speed trailer and assign officers to the location for enforcement efforts. This investigative process will occur for a few weeks and the reporting party will get a report based on the investigation.

If you have a location where you would like to request specific enforcement action for traffic violations, call the non-emergency number and speak to the on-duty supervisor or complete this form.

Special Duty

Special Duty refers to the hiring of off-duty officers primarily to provide security, encourage compliance through police presence, facilitate traffic flow for road construction, and to take action to stop criminal behavior. Officers participate in Special Duty on a voluntary basis at the discretion of the Division. The ability to fill a request is based on the availability of off-duty officers seeking extra assignments; Every request may not be filled.  

Requests for Special Duty must be submitted no later than 48 hours before the event, with few exceptions.  The Special Duty supervisor can assist you with submitting a request by phone at 614-436-8892 or by email at Tige.StJohn@worthington.org

House Watch

Planning to leave town for a few days? Take measures to prevent your home from looking vacant and request officers to keep and eye on your home. You can fill out an online request here for a house watch. Not certain if you live in Worthington? Click here to find out

Neighborhood Watch

You and your neighbors can help prevent and reduce crime in your neighborhood by participating in the Worthington Neighborhood Watch Program. This program is an association of neighbors who look out for each other’s families and property, alert the police to any suspicious activity in progress, and work together to make their community a safer and better place to live. If you would like more information about how to organize a block watch for your neighborhood, complete this form or call the Community Service Officer at 614-436-8634.

ALERT

In partnerships with Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security residents can sign up to receive emergency notifications.  ALERT Franklin County allows you to choose what kind of community notifications you want to receive, and how you would like to receive them. Options include text, email or phone notifications of severe weather, public safety emergencies, as well as Worthington specific information regarding crime alerts, road closures, transportation incidents, utility outages, government closings and other important community news.

Citizen Police Academy & Alumni Association

Interested to take a deeper dive into the Division of Police? Those that live or work in Worthington are invited to apply to attend the Citizen’s Police Academy which is held one night a week from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm for a nine-week period, beginning in January. If you do not live or work in Worthington, but still have an interest in law enforcement, we invite you to apply as well!   Participants will see aspects of what it is like to be a law enforcement officer and gather an understanding of the necessary tools and information needed to perform the job. The course is taught by certified sworn officers, as well as others holding key positions in/for the Division, providing real-life scenarios requiring split decision-making efforts. Please join us for a fun and educational experience. 

Finalized dates for 2024 are: January 24th, 31st; February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th & March 6th, 13th & 20th. 

Application for 2024 is available now! Please click here for a fillable & printable application form. Online submission is not available at this time. Please be sure to fill, print, and bring in your application into the police department. 

Please note: This class is not to become a police officer and is meant for adults of all ages. 

Smart 911

You know about calling 911 in case of an emergency, but what if circumstances keep you from giving emergency responders information about special circumstances?

Worthington residents are urged to sign up for a new emergency communications tool, Smart911, which gives those who answer local 911 calls vital information to share with other first responders. By creating a secure “safety profile,” you are providing potentially lifesaving information to police, fire and EMS responders. 

The safety profile will automatically display to emergency communications technicians when a 911 call is placed from a phone number associated with a Smart911 profile. Information ranges from a photo of a missing person and the number of people living in a home to the location of bedrooms and detailed information about a person’s allergies or prescriptions. Click here for a direct link to SMART 911's form. 

Child ID

The Worthington Division of Police is pleased to announce CompuKid Child Identification Kit. CompuKid allows law enforcement to provide parents with up-to-date demographic information stored to a CD as well as a photo printed on a driver's license type identification card for easy accessibility during an emergency.
 
Over 2,000 children are reported missing every day in the United States. Most are found within minutes or hours and their stories have happy endings. Providing an accurate description during this time is critical - your CompuKid Child Identification Kit can help.
 
To learn more about the system or request CompuKid for an event, contact our Community Service Officer at (614) 436-8634.

Bicycle Registration

Approximately 2 million bikes are stolen every year in North America, many of which are used in secondary crimes. You can help reduce the instance of bicycle theft by properly storing or locking your bicycle after use and increase the chances of recovering a stolen bicycle in the event of a theft by simply registering your bicycle with your local police department. Take a moment to register your bike with us here

Next of Kin Registration

Any holder of a valid Ohio driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary permit, or State of Ohio identification card may voluntarily provide the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified if the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person. For more information, view the Next of kin registration press release and click here to View / edit next of kin information

Prescription Drug Disposal

The Division of Police participates annually in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by offering a drive through take back event in the month of October. Additionally, we off a drug disposal box that is available in our lobby and that is subject to lobby hours. To protect private information, place the unwanted pills and capsules in a sealed plastic bag and drop the medication in the drop-off box for no cost! We cannot accept creams, liquids, sprays, inhalers, needles, syringes, Epi-pens, ointments, or suspensions.  The drop-off box is for residential use only - no businesses, please.

Alternatively, we do offer DETERRA drug deactivation pouches which can be used for 45 pills, 6oz of liquid, or 6 patches. These are available in a limited quantity and can be taken home for home disposal.

The U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency also provides a searchable database in which you can find local locations that take back prescription medications as well. 

Communication Disability

Any holder of a valid Ohio driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary permit, or State of Ohio identification card may voluntarily enroll in a database that will make the officer aware of a person’s communication disability when they are contacted by police.  With this information, the officer can approach the vehicle with awareness to reduce any potential misunderstandings or problems. Forms for your physician to fill out can be picked up at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles location or on their website.

Active Threat Response Training

In our world today, active violence directed towards a group of people have become an unfortunate regular occurrence.   Police, fire and EMS, will take several minutes to arrive making the true first responders those citizens who are present at the scene.  Learn what you can do to be prepared, react quickly and help save lives of those around you in a training seminar.