RPD News

OFFICER MILLER RECEIVES AWARD

Congratulations to Officer Derek Miller who named the runner up for the (NAMI) National Alliance on Mental Illness of Wayne and Holmes Counties, (CIT) Crisis Intervention Team Officer of the Year Award.  
 
Congratulations! 
 
Pictured is Helen Walkerly, Executive Director of NAMI, Officer Miller and Chief Arcuri  

RITTMAN POLICE’S NEW OFFICER

Congratulations to Chance Sigler as he was hired as Rittman’s newest part time officer.  He was administered the oath of office by Mayor Robertson on July 31, 2018.    

 

RITTMAN POLICE’S NEW OFFICER

Congratulations to Shane Sams as he was hired as Rittman’s newest part time officer.  He was administered the oath of office by Mayor Robertson on June 26, 2018.  Officer Sam’s comes to Rittman with some experience in law enforcement, as he has served with other agencies.  

D.A.R.E GRADUATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 10:00 AM, Rittman Elementary School held the 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation ceremony.  Speakers included DARE Officer Brian Covil, Mayor William Robertson, and Chief Ray Arcuri.  Four (4) students read their essays to the crowd of students, parents, and teachers.     

 

MOCK CRASH

                   

On April 26, 2018, students from Rittman and Orrville Local Schools were presented with a mock crash scenario before the prom weekend.  Local agencies that participated in the event included Rittman Police, Fire, EMS, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Ohio State Patrol, Wayne County Coroner’s Office and Metro Life Flight.

 

RITTMAN POLICE’S NEWEST FULL TIME OFFICER

Congratulations to Officer Scott Ries!  Officer Ries was administered the oath of office by Mayor William Robertson on April 12, 2018.  He transitioned from part time to full time.  Officer Ries’s specialty will be handling property maintenance for the City of Rittman.

“SAFETY FIRST” 

   

On April 6, 2018, Officers from the Rittman Police Department participated in a “Safety First” program for seventy (70) 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 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.

A.L.I.C.E. TRAINING

Officer Covil instructs Rittman School personnel on A.L.I.C.E.

 

2017 RITTMAN POLICE OFFICER AND DISPATCHER OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Officer Derek Miller

Rated by his peers in the following categories – Job Knowledge, Performance under
Pressure, Teamwork, Quality of Work, Pride and Dedication in the job.

Recognized as being very knowledgeable of all aspects of the job, very level headed, always willing to help others, very dedicated, leading in almost every statistical category, consistently proactive, very loyal, not afraid to ask questions, being a team player.

Dispatcher Missy Shows

Rated by her peers in the following categories – Job Knowledge, Performance under Pressure, Teamwork, Quality of Work, and Pride and Dedication in the job.

Recognized for always being confident, caring, a great listener, knowing the system, getting the job done, never breaking under pressure, giving great information to the patrol units, caring about the city and citizens.

Other Awards

Service Awards – Sgt. Robert Shows-25 years, Ptl. Rodney Martin-15 years, Sgt. David Miller-10 years, Ptl. Derek Miller-5 years, Disp. Tom Urbanek-5 years, Disp. Brandon Johnston-5 years, Ptl. Jared Holzman-2 years, Ptl. Scott Ries-2 years, Ptl. Phil Canfora-2 years, Ptl. Matt Shilling-2 years and Disp. Marisa Smiraldo-2 years

Commendations – Sgt. Robert Shows, Sgt. David Miller, Ptl. Rodney Martin, Ptl. Brian Covil, Ptl. Derek Miller, Ptl. Jared Holzman, Ptl. Phil Canfora and Ptl. Matt Shilling.

Range Performance Awards   Master Awards Chief Arcuri 98%, Sgt. Robert Shows 100%, Sgt. Mike Mascolo 100%, Ptl. Howard McComas 100%, Ptl. Brian Covil 100%, Ptl. Derek Miller 98.7%, Ptl. Jared Holzman 100% and Ptl. Scott Ries 100%. Sharpshooter Award Ptl. Matt Shilling 88%

               RITTMAN POLICE’S NEWEST OFFICER

Congratulations to Samantha Easterling!  She was sworn in by Mayor Robertson on January 24, 2018, as Rittman’s newest part time officer.  Easterling is a graduate of Kent State University in 2016.  She received an Associate degree in Arts and a Bachelor degree in Criminology and Justice Studies.  Easterling is also a police officer in Doylestown.

Jared Holzman Sworn In Full Time 08/01/2017

Rittman has a new full-time Police Officer.

Our new full time officer, Jared Holzman, is a graduate of Cloverleaf High School and Ohio Northern University.  He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in criminal justice and minored in sociology and business administration.  Officer Holzman formerly worked part time at Rittman Police Department and Smithville Police Department.  Holzman will be assigned as a second shift patrol officer.

Dave Miller Named Rittman’s New Sergeant June 2017

After competitive testing, Chief Arcuri announced that Dave Miller has been selected as Rittman’s new sergeant.  Dave has been a police officer since 1997 and has been at Rittman since 2006.  Dave will be assigned as the second shift as a supervisor.

K9 Primo Died May 31st 2017

K9 Primo passed away on May 31st, 2017.  He was a faithful servant to the Rittman Police Department and his handler Officer Ben Hatfield.  Our condolences go out to Officer Hatfield and his family.  Primo will be missed by all of those who knew him.

Chief Arcuri Presents A Briefing On Drug Abuse To The Rittman Historical Society In May 2017 

About 30 people attended the presentation and there were many positive comments on the Chief’s great presentation.  If you would like Chief Arcuri to address your group, contact him at Rarcuri@rittman.org

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 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 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 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 years.  At the end of the three years the vehicles belong to the city.  Previously, officers drove very old Crown Victoria models which were in disrepair.  Some were models as much as 10 years old and required substantial maintenance to keep them running.

 
 
 
 

March 2017

RITTMAN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE 
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 into 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.