School Resource Officer
Officer Brad Frost
Officer Tim Planck
The Department continues to serve the Pickerington Schools with School Liaison Officers. The relationships between police, faculty, and students result in mutual respect and cooperation. A mentorship program designed in 1996 continues to be a successful academic work-related program with the high school. The program provides students academic credits and an opportunity to participate and experience a future desired job profession. Officers continue to serve as guest instructors at the high school in the Principles of Democracy (POD), Business and other academic classes. Police and School officials are proud of the interaction and relationships between the administrators, students, staff, and police. Officers Dan Simcox and Ibrahim Haroon spearhead the community relations programs throughout the community and school district.
The DARE Program has been restructured and returned to the local school district. This DARE Program is a two week program that is offered before school begins and is on a volunteer basis. Nearly 500 students graduated from the program offered at Diley Ridge Middle School, Harmon Middle School, and Tollgate Middle School.
The policing philosophy in Pickerington is build around the concept of community service and relations. The concept is utilized in all of the department's activities. Throughout the year, officers and staff can be seen at local festivals, motorcycle runs, and many other local events. Chief Mike Taylor encourages his staff to participate in community activities.
In a cooperative effort between the department and Pickerington Local School District, students are afforded an opportunity to work along with department personnel in their every day duties. The program allows students to receive academic grades and credits while providing exposure to a field of work they may be interested in. The program remains very popular with the high schools student body and officers of the department. Typically, the school maintains a waiting list of students in participation for the Mentorship Program with the department.