RPD News


Officers Martin & Pauley On the Range April 2017


April 2017 Rittman Elementary

Officers from the Rittman Police Department participated in a      “Safety First” program for sixty (60) first grade students at Rittman Elementary School. Quota International and Aultman Orrville Hospital hosted the event. One objective was to help foster positive relationships between children and members of safety forces. Officer Brian Covil covered some basic bicycle safety rules with the children who Officer Brian Covil covered some basic bicycle safety rules with the children who followed along in a coloring/activity book. Each child was then fitted with a free bicycle helmet and given a Cops ‘n Kids drawstring bag. The assembly lasted about forty-five minutes. We plan  on participating every year.




     March 2017

        New Police Interceptors Arrive

On Monday, March 27, 2017 the City of Rittman Police Department received three (3) 2017 Ford Explorer model Police Utility Interceptors.  The vehicles were bought using a Ford leasing: program which allows for the City of Rittman to get all of  the vehicles immediately yet pay for them over the next three (3) years.   At the end of the three (3) years the vehicles belong to the city.  Previously, officers drove very old Crown Victoria models which were in disrepair.  Some were as much as ten (10) model years old and required substantial maintenance to keep them running.  


March 2017

Patrol Officer & Communications Officer Of The Year 2016


 Two accomplished officers were voted ‘Officers of the Year’ by their peers at The Rittman Police Department for 2016.

Officer Derek Miller is a five year veteran of The Rittman Police Department. Miller is a Crisis Intervention Officer, IMPACT Team member and SWAT Team member. He exemplifies the high standards of our department with his willingness to follow every case to its conclusion. He is an expert at maintaining a friendly and businesslike approach to enforcing the law and protecting the citizens of Rittman. We are proud to have Derek Miller as our latest full time member of RPD and our Officer Of The Year for 2016.

Communications Officer Tom Urbanek is a seasoned veteran with over two decades of experience as a Patrol & Communications Officer. He has training and experience that brings a voice of calm and reason to many of the thousands of calls for service and emergencies that come in to RPD dispatch. Our Officers and Citizens appreciate Tom’s abilities as well as his friendly attitude.

The Officers of the Rittman Police Department are honored to have these two Officers as our “Top Cops” for 2016.