Youth Programs

 

Safety City

The objective of Safety City is to provide an early educational program for elementary school children in grades kindergarten through third. The program will teach children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and fire safety. The skills taught at Safety City will empower kids with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age. This program is held early in September each year.

 
 

Walk to School Day

National Walk to School Day is observed annually on the first Wednesday in October. This is a day to get out and get some exercise while enjoying the weather. The goal of this day is to raise awareness and support for the health, community and environmental benefits of regularly walking or biking to school.

 
 

Bicycle Rodeo

Bike rodeos are a great way for kids and their parents to learn about biking safety with practice. Kids bring their bikes, our borrow one of ours, to practice and develop skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes. These events are scheduled in partnership with community events throughout the year.

 
 

Citizen’s Police Academy

The Tiffin Police Department Citizen’s Academy is for area citizens who are interested in learning more about how their police department operates and the policing challenges our community faces. The Academy training will consist of ten weeks of classroom and “hands on” training, with emphasis on student involvement. The program is designed to develop positive relations between the police and the community through education. This program is held between March and May.

 
 

Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop provides a fun filled day for a number of children in need throughout the community, while creating positive relationships with law enforcement. This unique shopping experience includes uniformed officers from local departments volunteering their time to shop with the children and pick out a few gifts for the holidays. This event is held in early December.

 
 

Coffee with a Cop

The police department partners with local coffee shops to give residents an opportunity to sit down with local officers. Enjoy a cup of coffee and discussions about the needs of our community.

 
 

Block Watch

The Neighborhood Block Watch Program is a community partnership involving neighborhood volunteers, law enforcement, and other community services. The program serves to make neighborhoods safer and improve the quality of life for residence of our county though discussion and education. This program is held the third Tuesday in February, April, June, August, October, and December.

 
 

Hero Camp

Hero Camp is co-sponsored by Seneca County Parks District and City of Tiffin Parks and Recreation. The camp is for youths ages ten through 15 years of age. It is designed for youth to meet with Firefighters, EMTs and Law Enforcement Officers. This includes paid and volunteer agencies. The campers watch demonstrations, provided with hands on exercises and in general, have contact with public safety officials. The City of Tiffin Police Department participates by giving K-9 demonstration, tour of the Police Department and question and answer session with a member of the Special Response Team (SRT). The final exercise is for campers to make split second decisions in a safe environment to simulate what types of decisions Law Enforcement Officers experience.

 

Commendations & Complaints

 

Commendations

Did an officer help you out? Did the officer go above and beyond what you expected? Do you want to just say “thanks for doing a good job?”

The Tiffin Police Department understands that citizens may also have the occasion to want to commend an officer for a job well done or let the officer’s supervisor know how well he/she is performing their duties.

Police work is one of the few fields in which a supervisor is not standing over you watching your every move. So let us know if one of Tiffin’s finest did something outstanding or just plain helped you out.

If you cannot remember the officer’s name then just describe the type of call for service and give your name and some other details and we will make sure that we find out who the officer is and let them know they did a job well done!

Your Tiffin Police Officers are individuals who are dedicated to serving you and our community so if you want to pass along a commendation for an officer then please contact the Captain.

Email your commendation

Complaints

Your Tiffin Police Department is dedicated to providing the best police service possible to all of Tiffin’s citizens. Your police officers are carefully selected and given the best training possible in order to provide this service. However, you may have occasion to lodge a complaint about the actions of a member of the Tiffin Police Department. In order to be responsive to you, we are providing the following information about how complaints are made, how they are investigated, and their result.
Email your complaint

When a citizen lodges a complaint against a member of the Tiffin Police Department, the complaint goes to a supervisor to investigate.

Ohio state law requires that all complaints against police officers must be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint (email is ok, if it has the complainant’s name, email address, and contact information). Just as citizens who are arrested must be notified of the charges against them, the police officer must be given a copy of the complaint before any disciplinary action may be taken.

Complaints must be made within 5 days of the incident complained about, except in special cases (such as criminal misconduct or when a good cause can be shown by the person complaining). Complaints must be made by the person who claims to be aggrieved. Other persons may give statements as witnesses.

 

Crime Statistics for 2017

Calls for Service
14,258
Arrests
1334
Traffic Stops
3,952
Warrants Served
716
Officer Initiated Activities
6,575

Crime Tips

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.

Alcohol related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.

Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.

If you think it can’t happen to you, look around. Check your school’s yearbooks for the last ten years. How many have been dedicated to a student who was killed in a drunk driving crash?

Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them while they were drinking.

You don’t even have to be the one doing the drinking — most teenage passenger deaths are the result of alcohol-impaired teenage drivers.

How Does Alcohol Affect You?

  • You see double, speech slurs, you lose your sense of distance.

  • Alcohol loosens inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, or rape.

  • A significant proportion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve alcohol.

  • Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your driver’s license, or even end up in jail.

Some More Facts About Alcohol

  • Drinking coffee, taking a cold shower, or breathing fresh air will not sober you up. The only thing that sobers you up is time.

  • One beer, one shot of whiskey, and one glass of wine all have the same amount of alcohol. Don’t fall for the notion that beer and wine are less intoxicating than hard liquors.

  • Only 3-5% of alcoholics are what we think of as bums. Most alcoholics are just like people you know. Anyone can become an alcoholic — young, old, rich, poor, married, single, employed, or out of work.

  • The earlier young people start drinking and using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted.

  • Alcohol ages and damages the brain.

For Information…

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
P.O. Box 2345
Rockville, MD 2085

1-800-SAY-NO-TO, 1-301-468-2600, 1-800-662-HELP

By keeping you informed, together we can rob thieves of a few of their favorite schemes. You can protect yourself against credit card fraud with the following tips:

  • If your card is lost or stolen, report it to your credit card company immediately. The company will take appropriate steps to ensure unauthorized users do not access your account.
  • Sign your new card as soon as it arrives. Signature verification is one of the best weapons we have against fraud. If a criminal signs your (unsigned) card in his or her handwriting, he or she will have no problem using it. Some people feel more secure by not signing the card. If you chose to do this, write “Please ask for I.D.” on the signature strip. This will prevent a potential thief from signing the blank space with his/her signature thereby insuring that he/she can easily use your card.
  • Always keep your charge receipts, destroying any carbons, so you can compare them with your monthly statement.
  • Never release your account number, expiration date, or personal information over the telephone without verifying the caller’s identity. Offer to call back – legitimate companies will not mind. If the caller hesitates, you have reason to be suspicious.
  • Review your monthly statement immediately and report any charges you don’t recognize. The faster an unauthorized charge is reported, the better chance you have to minimize additional losses.
  • Memorize your PIN (Personal Identification Number). Do not carry your PIN in your wallet or write it on your card. That way, if your card falls into the wrong hands, you won’t be making it easier to use. If you’ve forgotten your PIN or would like to personalize the number, call your credit card company.
  • When using your card, watch to be sure extra imprints of your card are not made. Making a second imprint and filling in the amount later is one of the oldest schemes in the book.
  • Don’t leave your wallet or purse unattended. Even hotel rooms are not 100% secure. If you must leave your card behind, put it in a safety deposit box at that hotel.
  • When a merchant returns your card to you, always check to be sure it has your name on it. Your card could easily be switched with someone else’s who is not as honest as you and may not return it.
  • Avoid signing blank charge receipts. Always insist that the exact amount be entered on the receipt before you sign.
  • If you believe you’ve been a victim of fraud or realize your card is missing, call your credit card company immediately.

Ride Along

The Ride Along Program is an opportunity to ride and experience what a typical day (or night) is like for a Tiffin Police Officer.

If you are interested in doing a Ride-Along with an officer, the first thing you need to do is fill out a “Ride Along waiver form”. You can pick up the form at the front lobby of the Police Department..

You must be at least sixteen (16) years old to go on a Ride-Along, if you are under eighteen (18) a parent /legal guardian must also sign the form.

It may take at least two weeks to process your form, so please be patient. Someone will contact you to arrange a date and time for your ride along.

If you have further questions call:

(419) 447-2323 or Email us