A MESSAGE FROM POLICE CHIEF MARK FENDER
I am pleased to present the 2019 Strongsville Police Department Annual Report and Strategic Plan. While it is impossible to recap each significant event or call for service, this report provides a descriptive summary of our activities, special events, day-to-day operations, and various roles our department plays in the community.
In the fall of 2019, we completed our first-ever Strongsville Citizen Police Academy (CPA). The CPA is an interactive program between you, our citizens, and the police, designed to help citizens become more aware of your police department, regulations, and the criminal justice system. The program allows participants and police officers to meet and interact in a positive and proactive setting to share ideas and information. The CPA facilitates a better understanding, through education and a hands-on approach in learning, between our citizens and police. The experience serves to dispel suspicions and misconceptions citizens may have. It is our sincere hope that the academy experience will promote a greater partnership between us to reduce crime. Additionally, we hope this partnership will enable us to formally utilize volunteers within our organization (Volunteers in Police Services “VIPS”) so that our community will have an ongoing shared interest in the Strongsville Police Department.
With tragic reports around the nation involving children left unattended in hot vehicles, it is important to remain alert to children and car safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated that heatstroke is the number one cause of vehicle-related deaths of children, outside of car crashes. Some reasons why these events happen include being distracted from a busy day, exhausted from lack of sleep or routines that may have changed.
To build child safety awareness in our community, the Strongsville Police Department developed a “Look Before You Lock” initiative. Officers trained in child safety seat installation will now provide rearview mirror card hangers to those requesting seat installations. The card serves as a reminder to check the back seat when exiting the vehicle. The police department has also approached our local retailers of child safety seats. We requested they display a rearview mirror card rack in the area child safety seats are on display. Cards are also available at Police Department for anyone who would like to share the initiative with their loved ones. Additionally, we have provided some helpful tips and information for recognizing heatstroke and keeping children safe.
Mark Fender, Chief of Police
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We value our proud reputation of quality service, professionalism, integrity and compassion
In partnership with the community, we pledge to:
Protect the lives and property of our fellow citizens
Persist in the pursuit of violators of our laws, while protecting the Constitutional rights and freedoms of all
Enhance the quality of life by identifying and solving community problems, preventing crime and extinguishing fear
Preserve a proud reputation of quality service, professionalism, integrity and compassion
To develop together as a team of members who enjoy our work, take pride in our integrity and a professional public image, and are committed to a constant improvement in the excellence of our service