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Posted on: March 14, 2022

BG Police Citizen Outreach Program (COP) Returns

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The Bowling Green Police Division is excited to host their second Citizen Outreach Program (COP) on May 12th and 19th, 2022, from 6:00 PM- 9:30 PM, to give community members a direct experience of what they do for the City. “The Citizen Outreach Program was developed as an effort to engage community members on a more personal level, create an opportunity for dialogue and build trust. It is part of a greater effort that began with the July 2020 racial equity resolution passed by City Council. This program, coupled with the Police Liaison to Communities of Color and engagement with citizen groups, is designed to build positive relationships and transparency,” said Chief Hetrick.  

This program is organized by Lieutenant Ryan Tackett, Sgt. Doug Hartman, Sgt. Gordon Finger, Sgt. Jeff Lowery, Sgt. Scott Frank, Officer Noel Crawford, Officer Brian Crites, Officer Kris Garman, Officer Matt Robinson, Officer Caleb Kusmierek, and Officer Vinny Snyder. 

In this two-part series, citizens will see and experience how Officers train to observe, orient, decide, and react in highly stressful situations. 

Topic areas of the program include:

    Patrol Operations (Public Safety, Traffic Enforcement, Criminal Enforcement)

    BGPD Tour

    Crisis Negotiations and Special Response Teams 

    K9 Unit and Demonstration

    Traffic Stops 

    Investigations

    De-escalation Techniques & Use of Force

    Firearm Safety and Use at BGPD Firing Range

    Defensive Tactics

“This program is an important step in our effort to help our citizens better understand the experiences of our Officers as they work to police for our community. Transparent policies and procedures are vital to building trust and establishing positive relationships with all of our residents. I’m grateful to those residents who participated in the program and for the effort of our hardworking Police Division for developing the program.  We understand the process will be ongoing, but we’re committed to it, and I look forward to these continued and meaningful conversations,” Mayor Aspacher stated.

After the program, participants will have the opportunity to schedule a ride-along to experience what a real shift is like. Those interested in registering for this free program should visit the City’s website at www.bgohio.org/634/Citizen-Outreach-Program-COP.  Questions should be referred to  Lieutenant Ryan Tackett at rtackett@bgohio.org. 


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