During the last week of February 2013, the Chillicothe Police Dept. held mandatory department wide training that focused on dealing with an Active Shooter. This course provided valuable training for the Department. It was created in response to incidents such as the Columbine High School shootings where Police Departments were dependent on special tactic teams to handle these violent situations.
Columbine demonstrated a need for a more reactive first response instead of just containing the building, and waiting for Tactical Teams to arrive.
This training method taught officers how to search a building quickly to seek out the perpetrator and secure the scene. Four man teams from the Chillicothe Police Department were used in the searches. An Active Shooter in a school, office building or factory would have first responders from all over the county respond. The program is based on a statewide model, that allows different agencies to integrate with other agencies to go directly to the threat.
This is the fourth year the program has been held with the CPD. The current revised course (classroom and scenarios) was instructed in house by members of the Chillicothe PD Special Response Team. Team members and axillary officers acted as aggressors and hostages. The training was held in the City Park Armory. This facility closely resembles how a school would be set up. To make training as realistic as possible, Simunition’s were used. This allowed Ofcs. to utilize their duty weapons in near realistic scenarios.
The Chillicothe Police Department held a DARE graduation at Allen Elementary school, Feb. 11th 2013. The Elks of Chillicothe sponsored the graduation by purchasing the kids t-shirts and treating them to a pizza party.
Chief Moore, 5th grader Haylee Hurff and DARE OFc. Julie Preston
Attached is a youtube video titled “John Crow.” It is a short film created by local Pickaway Ross JVS students, and deals with prescription drug abuse. The film also focuses on the personal problems it can create as well. The video won first place for Video Productions at the Regional Business Professionals of America. The video was filmed in Chillicothe.
On 2-8-13, at approx. 2:50PM, a man entered the Kingston National Bank in Kingston. The man produced a small frame chrome pistol and a note demanding money. The man left on foot. He is described as a white male, 5’7″.
Tips can be made to the Ross Co. Sheriff’s Office at 740-773-1185.
Anonymous tips can be made to Southern Ohio Crimestoppers at 740-773-TIPS or by submitting a tip online at southern Ohio Crimestoppers to submit a tip online.
Tips leading to an arrest could result in a cash reward through Crimestoppers.
At 2:15pm today, the Chillicothe Police Department executed a search warrant at 740 Erie Avenue. Upon arriving at the residence, a subject was seen leaving in a vehicle. He refused to stop as officers were yelling at him and turned the wrong way on a one way street. A pursuit with the vehicle ensued and during the course of the pursuit the subject got out of the vehicle and ran on foot. The subject was apprehended a short distance from his vehicle and identified as Justin Young. He was found to be in possession of a large amount of marijuana and heroin.
Members of the Chillicothe Police Special Response Team and Detectives entered the residence. Anthony Thomas Jr and Stephon Cunningham exited the residence through a window, but were able to be apprehended. Inside of the residence was found a large amount of cocaine and heroin as well as drug paraphernalia and cash.
Anthony Thomas: Possesion of cocaine, heroin and Obstructing official business
Justin Young: felony possession of marijuana; possession of heroin; obstructing official business; felony fleeing and eluding
Stephon Cunningham: Possesion of cocaine, heroin; obstructing official business; unrelated warrant
With snow and ice comes hazardous road conditions. Motorists should take precautions when traveling. Before venturing out on the roadways, it is important to be prepared. One of the most important things to know is the snow emergency levels.
Below is a list of the snow levels. You should monitor local news (TV and radio) and check local media websites such as
The Chillicothe Gazette
and this website to keep up to date on the current levels.
Please do not call the police department to get current road conditions. In the event a road is closed (Carlisle Hill, University Dr.) the dispatcher should have that information. The current snow level dictates whether or not travel is safe, dispatchers will not
be able to make the determination if roads are safe to drive upon. During snow emergencies, it is important to keep the phone lines open for emergencies.
In the event of a snow emergency, The Police Department will not be able to give you permission to miss work.
Residents should also pay attention to local media and school resources in the event of school closings or delays.
Central Ohio School closings
Or follow on twitter @OHclosings
♦LEVEL 1: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be icy. Motorists are urged to drive very cautiously.
♦LEVEL 2: Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Roads may also be very icy. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roads. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work. Motorists should use extreme caution.
♦LEVEL 3: All roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel. No one should be driving during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel or a personal emergency exists. All employees should contact their employer to see if they should report to work. Those traveling on the roads may subject themselves to arrest.
Below are several LINKS that will help you in preparation.
Winter Safety Tips for driving, Emergency Kits
To view the state’s weather-related road closures and restrictions
Ohio Committee for severe weather Awareness