Police

Overview

Police-(3)New Albany is one of Ohio’s safest communities and a reason for this low crime rate is the strong interaction between our officers, residents and businesses. Whether performing vacation house checks, patrolling neighborhoods or conducting bicycle safety programs for children, our officers understand that strong relationships set the foundation for a safer community.

New Albany police utilize multiple communications channels to stay in touch, including social media; the LIST city e-newsletter; and, when time is of the essence, the CODE RED call-out network that sends information to phone numbers and email addresses for those who have registered for the free updates.

Our school district partners promote the idea that if you see something, say something and report it. We couldn’t agree more. Even though New Albany’s crime levels are low, please report suspicious activity to the police at 614-855-1234. Those who believe an activity could be a life threatening emergency should call 9-1-1 immediately.

9-1-1

The New Albany Police department is the primary Public Safety Answering Point (P.S.A.P.) for the City of New Albany. Police dispatchers take all emergency 9-1-1 calls. Calls for service are classified and then dispatched to police personnel and/or transferred to the appropriate fire or EMS emergency department. Cellular 9-1-1 calls are answered by either the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office or the Ohio State Highway Patrol and then transferred to the proper agency.

Tips

9-1-1 dispatchers understand that callers may be under a great deal of stress and are trained to provide help in a timely and professional manner. When calling 9-1-1, please keep in mind the following tips:

  • Stay calm

When callers are scared or agitated, they are sometimes difficult to understand. Staying calm helps get questions answered more quickly and the appropriate help dispatched more easily.

  • State the nature of your problem quickly and clearly.

Until dispatchers know the nature of the call, they cannot begin to ask the questions most relevant to solving the problem and sending help. When calling 9-1-1, state the problem and be prepared to answer follow-up questions.

  • Be prepared to give your location and phone number.

In most cases when someone calls 9-1-1, the address and telephone number are immediately available to the dispatcher; however, cellular callers cannot be located unless they tell us where they are. If you don’t know an exact address, look for intersections or landmarks such as nearby businesses. Memorize your mobile phone number.

  • Answer the dispatcher’s questions simply and directly.

When asked yes or no questions, reply simply yes or no. If asked to describe something, be prepared to provide as much detail as clearly and concisely as possible. Follow any instructions that the call-taker gives you for your own safety.

  • Don’t hang up!

Don’t hang up when you think that the conversation is over with the call-taker. The dispatcher on the phone is your link to the officer, paramedic or firefighters en route. In many cases, field units en route to a call may ask questions that the dispatcher needs to ask the caller. Also, staying on the phone during a crisis or altercation will potentially allow the call-taker to hear a crime or will let us know that you are safe.

  • 9-1-1 hang ups

Per policy, New Albany police officers respond to all 9-1-1 calls where the caller either hangs up prior to the dispatcher completing the call, or when there is an open line or accidental call. Dispatchers will call the number back, but a police response will also be sent in order to ensure that what the caller stated is happening is in fact happening. If you call 9-1-1 accidentally, please stay on the line so that the dispatcher can speak to you.

Dispatch

The New Albany Police Department staffs a 24/7 communications dispatch center. New Albany dispatchers are responsible for answering multiple administrative and 9-1-1 lines ranging from animal complaints, residential and commercial alarm drops, crimes in progress, public disturbances, traffic complaints, automobile crashes and fire and medical emergencies. Dispatchers respond to nearly 5,000 calls for service annually. Fire emergencies are also part of our 9-1-1 response system. We work closely with the Plain Township Fire Department, which provides fire and emergency medical service to New Albany residents.

Dispatchers log each officer’s activities daily in the computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, information which includes arrive-on-scene times, disposition and in-depth information on each call. Our dispatchers also enter warrants, protection orders, missing persons, stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, stolen guns and stolen articles into the LEADS and National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer systems.

All dispatchers of the New Albany Police Department are state of Ohio Notary Publics and their Notary services are available to the public, free of charge, 24 hours a day.

The dispatch communications center itself, located at 50 Village Hall Road, includes two fully functional dispatch stations and one call-taker station if needed.  Both dispatch stations are equipped with CAD (computer aided dispatch system) and RMS (records management system).  Each station is also equipped with up to date 9-1-1 phone lines and state-of-the-art phone systems.

Stay Informed

MyPD App

With the explosion of smart phones and other mobile devices, residents can now provide tips through the MyPD smart phone app.

The MyPD app won’t replace 9-1-1 by any means. If you see something happening that may be a medical or life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately. But for those times when you have a general police question, have information about an ongoing investigation, or want to provide feedback about our staff, this app allows you to conveniently access your police department at the touch of an icon on your mobile device. MyPD also allows you to download pictures along with text, something you can’t do over the phone. This information then automatically gets sent via email to the New Albany police dispatcher on duty.

Those downloading the app will be asked to insert the country, state and city they want to download. The country and state fields must be chosen before you can enter New Albany as the city. The entire process takes no more than a couple of minutes. Once New Albany is chosen and the app is downloaded onto your mobile device, residents have another easy 24/7 means of access to their local police department. For those submitting questions, please remember to insert contact information or police staff will not be able to respond.

MyPD Android App
MyPD Apple App

CodeRED™

New Albany utilizes CodeRED™ to notify the entire community or targeted areas in case of an emergency or urgent situations that require immediate attention.  CodeRED™ is a high-speed telephone communication service available for emergency notifications. Examples of notifications may include natural disasters (tornado warnings/watches, fires), man-made disasters (terrorism, chemical spills, gas leaks), search and rescue (missing children, adults or disabled persons) and crime (prisoner escape warnings, sexual offender/predator alerts).

CodeRED™ uses a database of phone numbers and emails that is offered at no cost to residents and businesses. The information in the CodeRED™ database is secure and confidential and will only be used for emergency notification purposes.

Please click here to register for CodeRED™.

Severe Weather Awareness – residents can receive severe weather alerts as part of their CodeRED™ registration. Additionally, residents can learn more about how to prepare for severe weather events at the Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security website:  www.franklincountyohio.gov/emahs.

Programs

The New Albany Police Department offers a variety of programs geared to keep residents and businesses informed and engaged. From block watches to Safety Town to school resource officers, our officers and dispatchers value the opportunity to interact with the community to develop relationships that set the foundation for a safer community.

Bicycle Rodeo

Your child has the opportunity to participate in our upcoming bicycle rodeo, an event that teaches safe bicycling skills to children ranging in age from 5-12. The bicycle rodeo will include a safety inspection and a series of skill stations directly related to everyday bicycling situations. Participants will practice starting and stopping, safely exiting a driveway, the proper way to look for traffic, negotiating an intersection, and avoiding common road hazards that often lead to accidents. Participants can also go on a training ride through the trails at Swickard Woods under the supervision of a New Albany Police bike officer. We encourage your child to attend this educational bicycle safety event. To participate, make sure your child brings a bicycle and helmet.

Block Watch

The New Albany Police Department maintains several active Block Watch programs. If you live in New Albany and are interested in starting a Block Watch program in your neighborhood, please contact the department at 614-855-1234.

Crime Awareness for Business

The Crime Awareness for Business Program was developed to decrease crime by increasing awareness among the business community of potential crime situations.  As part of this program, businesses contact the police department to report suspicious activities and persons of interest with the intent of having police share this information with other businesses. On a consistent basis, police staff will distribute this information via email, as well as other crime awareness tips, to area businesses. Upon request of confidentiality, a business may request that certain information not be shared as part of the CAB Program. For more information, email: mham@newalbanypolice.org.

Female Self-Defense/Rape Aggression Defense

This self-defense program is open to females 18-years-of-age or older who are interested in obtaining self-defense training and understanding the options they have when encountering sexual assault, harassment, domestic violence or other types of crime. The class covers current statistics, laws and common crimes of choice, as well as awareness, self-defense tactics and risk recognition. This high-impact course teaches easy-to-use self-defense techniques, not martial arts. The department has offered this free, multi-day course to more than 1,000 women. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Call 614-855-1234 for more information.

Fingerprinting Services

Digital (Webcheck) and rolled inked prints on form FD-258 fingerprinting services are offered to the public.

Those who require fingerprinting services for a background check can be fingerprinted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. This service is by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 614-855-8576. If you are in need of digital prints, please bring this completed form with you to your appointment. BCI and FBI reason codes are required to complete your digital fingerprint transaction.

New Albany residents and those who work within New Albany corporate limits will be charged $25 for digital fingerprinting associated with state background checks and $30 for digital fingerprinting associated with federal background checks. Processing prints on form FD-258 are no charge. The general public who neither live nor work in New Albany will be charged $35 for digital fingerprinting associated with state background checks and $40 for digital fingerprinting associated with federal background checks. Processing prints on the FD-258 card is a $10 charge per card.

Safety Town

Safety Town is a safety awareness program held each summer for children who will be entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall.  Each day, the program explores a different safety topic, including stranger awareness, water safety, fire safety, pedestrian and bicycle safety, animal safety and school bus safety. All Safety Town instructors are state-certified elementary school teachers. More than 4,000 children have graduated. Continued support from our sponsors, including State Farm, Mounty Carmel, the New Albany Community Foundation and the New Albany Woman’s Network, has been integral to the success of this now well-established program. For more information visit http://newalbanysafetytown.org

School Resource Officer

Education is a community core value and New Albany City Council has consistently underwritten all costs associated with the school resource officer position stationed on the New Albany Plain Local Schools campus throughout the school year. Since obtaining a federal COPS grant in 1999, the New Albany Police Department assigns a school resource officer and DARE office on the school learning campus.

Speed Trailers

Speed trailers are frequently utilized to help educate and slow motorists on New Albany streets. These trailers are deployed to streets where complaints occur and where those complaints have been confirmed by a Stealth Stat traffic study. New Albany police have two trailers. They don’t collect traffic information and no camera is used to cite speeding motorists. When deployed, these trailer display posted speed limits. When approaching vehicles exceed the posted speed limit by a pre determined amount, the sign board will begin flashing the vehicle’s speed. Additionally, red and blue strobe lights on the side of the sign board will flash to obtain the motorist attention and alert them of their speed. The speed trailer is often deployed before officers begin speeding enforcement. Educating motorists of the speed limit and their vehicular speed to gain voluntary compliance to the speed limit is preferred over writing speeding citations. To request the placement of speed trailer on a particular street, please contact the police department at info@newalbanypolice.org.

Stealth Traffic Survey

The New Albany Police Department uses Stealth Stat, a device to gather information about traffic on roadways. Unlike the speed trailer, Stealth Stat is small and blends in with the surroundings so that it does not influence motorist driving habits.

Stealth Stat provides an 85th percentile speed of vehicles traveling along a road, a number reflecting the average speed of the vast majority of motorists. Stealth Stat also can provide the ten mile pace, which is the ten mile per hour range that contains the greatest number of vehicles surveyed. Because most drivers are law abiding safe drivers, the 85th percentile speed and ten mile per hour range are two factors used in determining appropriate speed limits.

When the police department receives a speeding complaint for a particular road, a Stealth Stat survey is often one of the first activities completed. Data from Stealth Stat surveys assists police staff in determining if a speeding problem is perception or reality. Sometimes complainants believe cars are speeding on their street but a Stealth Stat survey indicates otherwise.

Urban Deer Management

The Deer Management Program was developed in 2004 as a result of the rising number of car-deer crashes in the community as well as requests from local landowners who were experiencing landscape damage caused by overgrazing. Landowners can permit hunting on their land in New Albany. For the land to be eligible for the Urban Deer Management Program, the landowner must sign a Hold Harmless Agreement and the area to be hunted must be approved by the police department and be given a hunting zone number. Hunting in New Albany is prohibited unless the hunter and the land are part of the Urban Deer Management Program.

All hunters who wish to participate in this program are required to attend one of the two scheduled meetings with police staff and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources each hunting season. Prospective hunters who have not participated in prior years are required to bring their bow of choice and four field tipped arrows and successfully complete the archery proficiency test.

All hunters must bring notarized and signed copies of the Release/Hold Harmless AgreementDeer Hunter Permit form, and a copy of the Hunting Program Rules to one of the scheduled meetings.  (Print out and complete the forms before the meeting.  Hunters must purchase their hunting license to complete the Deer Hunter Permit prior to the meeting.  Forms that are incomplete will not be accepted at the meeting.  A notary will be available at the New Albany Police Department prior to the meetings if needed.)

Please contact Officer Brett Hall at 614-855-1234, or email bhall@newalbanypolice.org for more information.

Scheduled meetings for the 2017-2018 season will be held at the New Albany Public Service Department located at 7800 Bevelhymer Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054:

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 6:00 p.m.

Meeting dates are subject to change; please check back after August 10, 2017 to confirm.

Vacation Checks

In our continuing efforts to make the community as safe as possible, the New Albany Police Department provides free vacation house checks to residents. By completing and submitting the online form here, the police department will check on your residence during your time away from home. Always remember to call 614-855-1234 when you return home to cancel your vacation house watch.

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New Albany police officers understand that strong relationships set the foundation for a safer community.