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For Immediate Release

Nov. 14, 2013

Contact: Lesley Fry (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph (419) 995-8284

Ohio State University police presence comes to Lima campus

Ohio State Lima welcomes public safety supervisor

The Ohio State University at Lima welcomes Tony Swygart as the new Lima campus Public Safety Supervisor at an open house and reception from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mon., Nov. 18, 2013, near the OSU Police Office in Galvin Hall 135.

"Ohio State takes the responsibility of safety and security seriously and strongly believes that the best model to support safety and security on each campus is to maintain a full-time, certified peace officer who is able to activate the resources of The Ohio State University Police Division and the university Department of Public Safety at a moment’s notice," said Chief Paul Denton of the Ohio State University Police Division. "National standards and best practices are to have a comprehensive, all-hazards approach to safety, which is greatly enhanced by having a certified peace officer who is connected with a larger police force to assist with these efforts."

Sgt. Swygart reports to The Ohio State University Police Division and will coordinate closely with the campus security team managed by Rhodes State College, consistent with Ohio State’s law enforcement model at other campuses. Ohio State Lima was the only campus with a co-located collegiate partner not operating under this model, which has been shown to provide the highest level of professional public safety services for all faculty, staff and students.

Sgt. Swygart is a 27-year veteran of the Lima Police Department, serving as a corrections officer, police officer, sergeant, lieutenant and major. He served as the supervisor for LPD’s Community Oriented Police Officers and was a member of the department’s bike team and bomb squad. His most recent assignments were as the commander of LPD’s Administrative Services Division, which oversees the budget, training and crime prevention, and as commander of Investigative Services, overseeing the detectives, juvenile investigators, crime scene officers and drug task force members.

A lifelong resident of Lima, Sgt. Swygart studied criminal justice at Lima Technical College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Public Staff and Command.

About The Ohio State University Police Division
The men and women of The Ohio State University Police Division are sworn by oath to defend constitutional rights and to perform their duties for the principles of education, the enforcement of laws, and the protection of life and property. Through education, information, and active police and security presence, The Police Division endeavors to ensure that students, faculty and staff are free from safety distractions so they may learn, teach and conduct research. The Police Division became a CALEA¨ (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) accredited agency in 2013. Accreditation certifies that OSU PD meets internationally recognized best practices for law enforcement agencies developed specifically for the college/university environment. More information about The Ohio State University Police Division is available online: http://dps.osu.edu/, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

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Editor’s Note: Brief remarks will be made at noon.