Local Law Enforcement Actively Working To Expand Diversity

By Becca Sagaris, Shelby Reeves and Sara Al Harthi KENT, Ohio — The Merriam-Webster definition of diversity is “the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc.”  Diversity in general in any workplace environment is important to ensure inclusion among all people involved, both staff and community. It is especially important in law enforcement to decrease the opportunity to abuse their power and increase their understanding of the people they serve, improving law enforcement’s relationship with the community. “Diversity within our department means having different groups well-represented within our agency,” Michael Lewis, the Administrative

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New “Mobile” Method of Making Methamphetamine Adds a Twist to Police Work in Portage County

The Portage County Drug Task Force raided 211 meth labs in 2014, more than twice as many as the 87 meth labs found in 2013. Portage County has become one of the capitals of meth in the state of Ohio. The reason for the increase is a new, portable form of creating meth called “shake and bake,” which allows the methamphetamine to be made more quickly and more easily. All the components necessary for making meth are combined in a Two-liter soda bottle and shaken back and forth. Most of those components are common but sometimes toxic household chemicals such as cold pills, batteries, drain cleaner, and camping fuel. This

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Drug possession has same license suspension penalties as OVI charges

Back in 1992, Ohio accepted a federal mandate that required anyone convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge to have their driver license suspended for a minimum of six months but up to a possible five years. Even if the person is found no where near a motor vehicle at the time of possession, they still are required to face the suspension of their license. Many organizations are looking to reform this code, and have it so people found in possession of marijuana also don’t lose their license, one of them being Ohio NORML. Ohio NORML is the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

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Emergency Campus Phones

  Kent State University provides emergency campus phones to keep students safe. Emergency 9-1-1 is accessible from any phone on campus, and is a single push button. Just like most city 9-1-1 systems,the call is connected with the appropriate police department and a computer displays the caller’s location. But how effective is it? The Kent State Police Department and parking services explains how sufficient they are. Emergency Campus Phones from Rachel Smeaton on Vimeo.     It is important for students to know where each phone is located in case of emergency purposes. Below is a link that shows the location of blue light and courtesy phones. Map of Kent

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School funding makes May 4 education difficult in local districts

By Katie Nix Forty-five years ago, the identity of the Kent community was changed forever when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of protesting students and passersby. After four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded, the events became known as May 4, branding the university and surrounding community for years to come. May 4 in local schools However, local children aren’t always educated about the events and their effects. “Our teachers wish they could do more but because of what the standards require in terms of time, there’s only so much that we can do,” said Karen Rumley, Kent City Schools director of instructional program. Rumley

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Kent Police Department recovers from “Fake Patty’s Day”

By Mark Gockowski and Hannah Reed This past March the Kent City Police Department had their hands full after being blindsided by a yearly college party known as “Fake Patty’s Day.” On the morning of March 14th, Kent Police responded to numerous house parties on the streets surrounding Kent State University. Seven different officers issued 29 arrest summons throughout the day with five nuisance violations given out to residents on East College Avenue, University Street and North Lincoln Street. The previous few years, Fake Patty’s Day fell during spring break for the University, so the police department was understaffed and felt overwhelmed the morning of the daylong event. Assistant Dean

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Hiring, training process varies among police departments

Story by Tyler Singleton Video by Mike Drake Training to become a police officer from Michael Drake on Vimeo. In October of 1999, Jim Cunningham of the Akron Police Department responded alone to an aggravated robbery call on East Waterloo Road. Cunningham found and ordered the two suspects to the ground. One suspect fled the scene and the other proceeded to reach for his weapon. Cunningham said he almost fired his gun on the suspect, later identified as Charles Williams, a 13-year-old juvenile carrying a BB gun that resembled Akron Police Department’s service weapons. Cunningham received a commendation from the Akron Police Department because he “exhibited great restraint in not

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Brimfield police chief resigns

Brimfield police chief resigns from Katie Nix on Vimeo. By Katie Nix and Rachel Smeaton It took a little over a week for the country to see there were two sides to Brimfield Township’s longest-serving police chief. The first indicator came Jan. 13 when it was announced David Oliver would be taking a two-week, unpaid suspension due to gender discrimination claims being made against him by a female officer in his department. “We had an outside investigator come in and take a look at the claims that were being made,” township attorney Gregory Beck said. “We had to make sure there was no bias involved when looking into what was

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OVI Offenses in Kent Decrease

In a college town, the downtown scene is often buzzing on the weekend and despite driver education, some motorists still choose to get behind the wheel after one too many drinks. But the number of intoxicated drivers in Kent has drastically decreased recently. In 2013, there were 188 OVI offenses in Kent compared to 295 in 2008. That’s a 36% decrease over the course of just five years. And the number is still continuing to fall. As of November 26, there were 154 DUI offenses in Kent, with only 35 days remaining in the year. But the number of OVI offenses isn’t the only thing falling. Jim Swanson of Townhall

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