New Reynoldsburg Police Bureau To Offer Citizens Better Protection

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On January 2, 2016, Reynoldsburg police will have a new Community Resources Bureau (CRB) that will streamline “the troops,” so to speak.

Until then, Lt. Ron Wright with Reynoldsburg Police says the division is reorganizing positions so the police department can run more efficiently to protect the people and businesses in Reynoldsburg.

“It’s a more efficient way to coordinating events and more efficient way to coordinate assets should you need them in the community,” describes Lt. Wright.

Right now, Reynoldsburg Police has sergeants that cover the bike patrol, motor unit, DARE program, school resource officers, and hourly shifts. 

The new CRB would essentially consolidate that to one sergeant who would report to a lieutenant and ultimate the police chief.

“We had most of the assets, they were just scattered throughout the agency,” says Lt. Wright.  “It’s a new way where we don’t step on each other’s toes.”

Lt. Wright said more importantly, the new bureau would allow police resources to devote more time to crime issues and prevention rather than reactive patrols that move from one call to the next.

“The resources being there's crime prevention elements, elements that can do target enforcement, focus on smaller problems in city limits,” says Lt. Wright.

The Reynoldsburg CRB will be made up of:

  • (1) CRB Sergeant
  • (2) Community Resource officers
  • (2) School Resource Officers
  • (1) DARE officer
  • (1) FT and (3) Ancillary Motor Unit Officers
  • (6) Ancillary Bike Patrol Duty Officers
  • (1) Chaplain

Lt. Wright says the area where the first two Community Resource officers will focus on are Taylor Square Shopping center and the Brice Rd/Livingston Avenue Corridor.

“We've seen some high crime areas down there,” says Lt. Wright in describing why that corridor will be a main focus.  “But also some zoning and code issues that takes place.”

Lt. Wright also says, statistically, the Taylor Square shopping center has also seen a high business crime rate, but there are already remedies in place to combat that trend.

“We have an officer who has done a phenomenal job working with the businesses and developed several program to get alerts out should they have some kind of crime trend taking place,” he says.

The lieutenant is quick to point out that the “R” in CRB stands for resources, not “relations.”

“This is not a community relations bureau,” he explains. “Community relations relation deals with more education programs or social events.  This is a combination of events, plus resources for the community.”