Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors
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Public Safety Employee Policies: Developing Employee Manuals and Policies For Public Safety Departments, With Emphasis on Social Media and Cell Phone Policies

 

 

The OAPSD will be hosting seminars on January 30 and February 27 2014 on the above topic.

 

Our speaker will be Kailee Goold from Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter. Here is a link to her bio

 

To sign up, please contact us at: 

 

email: jbrown@omlohio.org

phone: (614) 284-4394

 

The cost will be $50.

Checks should be made out to The Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors. 

Location will be Columbus but we haven't picked a specific venue yet. 

 

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Welcome to Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors

To: City Public Safety Directors

 

From: Matt Hiscock, Public Safety Director Wadsworth, Ohio, President of OAPSD

 

President’s Message

The Journey Begins

 

By Matt Hiscock

May 2014

 

 

It is with great honor and excitement that I take the reins to serve as the President of the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors (“OAPSD”). Many presidents preceded me, and no doubt many more will follow. As I enter my first year as President, I will strive to build on the programs of the past and create new pathways and future opportunities for the organization and its members.

 

Direction

The initiatives of our past presidents and membership will continue. Tom Robbins and Mike Courtney made great strides in expanding membership rolls and focusing organizational attention on the need to expand organizational influence on statewide matters of public safety concern. I intend to build upon these ideas and initiate other successful programs.

 

As we look to the future, we continue to see local government administrators performing their duties and responsibilities during uncertain times. The state economy and local government budgets have forced Ohio public safety service providers to be more lean and efficient, resulting in increased pressure on safety forces, their managers and administrators.

As our economy recovers, the public safety force funding environment will stabilize, allowing exploration of new ideas and approaches, as well as the return of creative and innovative service models. We must become more efficient to meet the expectations of our community’s citizens and endeavor to provide better services.

 

Role of the President

The OAPSD president is responsible for clearly communicating the tone and direction of the organization and being responsive enough to enable the Board and OML staff to execute on that direction. Members need answers, the Board and executive director have great ideas but often without budgetary resources, matters of statewide public safety interest occur weekly but the legislature waits for no one, local issues surface and fade away, and members have concerns – there’s hundreds of seemingly small things effecting our members on a weekly basis that won't wait for a quarterly board meeting.

 

I have actively communicated with many members through our email list-serve and phone calls I would get during the workday asking for help, complaining about something the OAPSD did or didn't do, or asking a question for which I had to find the answer. I have found the collective knowledge of our organization and the willingness to share best practices of immeasurable value and have heard from many members who echoed this sentiment.

 

Through the use of the OAPSD list-serve discussions on a myriad of issues, we have learned to say "yes" when someone had a better idea than we did and we have learned to say "no" when a good idea just wasn't right for the time. We have learned to listen to others and have used their experience as a guide in making decisions. We’ve learned from our collective mistakes, from the excellent skills of others, and from experiences where we have had to stretch out of our comfort zones. Through these email exchanges we’ve collectively expanded our abilities to lead.

 

We do great things

If you’re not a member of OAPSD I urge you to join.  If you are a member, I task you with the duty to get one of your fellow public safety professionals in your area to join the OAPSD in the next six (6) months. The OAPSD is committed to playing an even bigger role in guiding the delivery of essential public safety forces services to local communities and statewide to the citizens of Ohio.

 

All of this will result in a busy and most exciting year that will benefit our members and public safety professionals for years to come. With the help of our hard-working members, the Board and the OML, we can make this all possible. Thank you for the privilege of serving. I'm looking forward to working with you!

 

 

Matthew G. Hiscock

Matt Hiscock is the Director of Public Safety for the City of Wadsworth in Medina County, Ohio. He serves as the appointing authority and executive head of the city’s police, fire and EMS departments with additional traffic control and management responsibilities. He earned his undergraduate degrees in political science and urban studies and planning from Kent State University in 1993 and his law degree at the C. Blake McDowell School of Law at the University of Akron in 1996. He has been an attorney for 17 years.

 

He was OAPSD vice president from 2012-2014 and has been a member of the Board of OAPSD since 2008. He is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, the Akron Bar Association, Ex-Federal Bureau of Investigations Agents Association, the Sports Lawyers Association, and has been an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of Akron.

His career experience includes work as an FBI agent, firefighter, municipal prosecutor, civil and criminal litigator, and NFLPA & CFLPA contract advisor. Matt, his wife Angela and their 2 industrious children reside in Wadsworth.

 

Purpose of the OAPSD

The purpose of this organization shall be to provide an opportunity for Public Safety Officers to meet as a separate group for the discussion of municipal problems generally or the special problems, responsibilities and experiences of public safety officers as a special class of officials and to promote the general welfare of the cities and villages of this State by appropriate means, including but not limited to the following:
  1. the maintenance of a central bureau of information and research for collection, analysis and dissemination of information dealing with public safety;
  2. the fostering of conferences of safety officials, schools and short courses for the discussion and study of public safety problems and techniques involved in their solution; the rendering of such special and general services as may be deemed advisable; the publication and circulation of an official newsletter and such bulletins and reports on public safety as may be compiled from time to time; and
  3. the securing of the cooperation of universities and institutions of higher learning in furnishing the services of members of the faculty and students in assembling and analyzing information concerning public safety and in the conduct of schools and short courses in the field of public safety administration.
  4. the securing of harmony of action among the municipalities of Ohio and other agencies of government in all matters which affect the citizens of Ohio in creating the awareness of all levels of government of the problems and challenges of public safety in Ohio by presenting the facts and experiences upon which to formulate sound policies.

Legal Disclosure

OAPSD.COM may contain articles on many legal topics; however, no warranty whatsoever is made that any of the articles are accurate. There is absolutely no assurance that any statement contained in an article touching on legal matters is true, correct or precise. Law varies from place to place and it evolves over time—sometimes quite quickly. Even if a statement made about the law is accurate, it may only be accurate in the jurisdiction of the person posting the information; as well, the law may have changed, been modified or overturned by subsequent development since the entry was made on this website.

 

The legal information provided on www.oapsd.com is, at best, of a general nature and cannot substitute for the advice of a licensed professional, i.e., by a competent authority with specialised knowledge who can apply it to the particular circumstances of your case. Please contact a local bar association, law society or similar association of jurist in your legal jurisdiction to obtain a referral to a competent legal professional if you do not have other means of contacting an attorney-at-law. 

 

Neither the individual contributors, system operators, developers, nor sponsors of www.oapsd.com nor anyone else connected to the Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors can take any responsibility for the results or consequences of any attempt to use or adopt any of the information or disinformation presented on this web site.

 

Nothing on www.oapsd.com or of any project therein, should be construed as an attempt to offer or render a legal opinion or otherwise engage in the practice of law.

 

This message may contain information that is privileged, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. Unauthorized disclosure or use of this information is strictly prohibited. 

 

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Where to Find Us:

Ohio Association of Public Safety Directors

 

175 S 3rd St
Columbus, OH 43215

 

Phone: (614) 221-4349

 

email: jbrown@omlohio.org

 

Executive Director: Josh Brown

Membership

The OAPSD has four different types of membership: municipal, Public Safety Director (or equivilant), police and fire chiefs, and vendors.

 

To request membership, please call: (614) 506-9204 or email: jbrown@omlohio.org

Article Submissions

This website is an article-based best-practices forum for public safety management. Articles may be submitted to Executive Director Josh Brown. They will be reviewed by the board and approved before they are displayed on the website and distributed to membership. 

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