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POLICE/FIRE DISPATCHER

The Bryan Police Department is accepting applications for full-time Police/Fire Dispatcher until November 14th at 4:00 PM.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, pass written exam, medical exam and thorough background investigation, including lie detector.

Starting wage will be $10.09/hr.

Application packets are available at the Bryan Police & Fire Complex, 304 West High Street, Bryan, OH 43506.

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National Teen Driver Safety Week October 19-25, 2014

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Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do. Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

The “5 to Drive” rules for parents to share with their teens are:
1. No Drinking and Driving.
2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Front Seat and Back.
3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.
5. No More Than One Passenger at a Time.

School Bus Safety

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School Bus Safety

The Bryan Police Department is reminding drivers to be alert for stopped school buses that will be back on the road on Wednesday August 20.

Extra patience and attention will help make a safer school year for children.

Drivers should stop at least 10 feet back when approaching a school bus from either side, while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm.

They also ask drivers not to resume driving until the bus begins moving.

Drivers are urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.

AAA offers six ways to keep kids safe this school year:

Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.

Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles—even those that are parked.

Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at TeenDriving.AAA.com.

Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at ShareTheRoad.AAA.com.

“Grandparents scam” in our area.

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The department has received reports of the “grandparents scam” in our area.
The “grandparent scam” often involves a phone call or email from someone claiming to be the victim’s grandchild or other family member who is in trouble and in need of money.

The scammer will often say, “I’ve been arrested in another country and need money wired quickly to pay my bail.”

Other common questions such include the scammer saying “Grandma, do you know who this is?” and when the victim gives them a name, the scammer will continue the ruse by claiming to be in an emergency room or somewhere else in distress.

Scammers will also ask the elderly victim not to tell other family members about the dilemma.

The victim is instructed to wire money or to send cash in the form of gift cards to an address out of the country, generally a Canadian address or a P.O. Box.

The “grandparent scam” has been circulating nationwide since about 2008, according to the FBI.

We urge local residents to make their elderly family members aware of the scam and remind people never to wire money to someone who cannot prove their identity or pretends to be a representative of the government.

Also we suggest elderly residents contact their grandchild or other family member to determine if the claim is legitimate before sending any money.

K-9 Vest

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The Bryan Police K9 Sage has received a ballistic vest thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. $16,595.00 was donated to the charity from the “K9 Kota Campaign” which will provide vests for seventeen K9s in KY, OH, NJ, CA and IN.
The “K9 Kota Campaign” held an online event selling over 1350 tee shirts for the cause.

K9 Kota is a law enforcement dog with the Winchester Police Department in VA who sustained a work related injury on January 3, 2014. He fell through an attic floor onto a hardwood floor while detaining a suspect. Although the injury was severe to his right front arm, Kota climbed back up the flight of stairs to continue the fight. After months of surgery and physical therapy his return to police work is still unknown.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 930 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days. The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department”.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website: http://www.vik9s.org.

SUMMERTIME IS PEAK TIME FOR THUNDER AND LIGHTNING STORMS

Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 22-28

COLUMBUS, OH – In an annual coordinated effort with the National Weather Service, the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness promotes June 22-28 as Lightning Safety Awareness Week and encourages all Ohioans to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), as of June 11, there have been five lightning fatalities this year: three in Florida; one in Texas and one in New Mexico. All were outside; one was near a body of water. A total of 23 people in 14 states died of lightning strikes in 2013 – no one from Ohio.

Although the number of lightning fatalities continues to decrease over the years, lightning strikes continue to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. It is important to note that lightning injures more people than it kills. The best protection from lightning is to avoid the threat.

Performing this simple measure can dramatically reduce the chance of severe injury or death during a storm: When thunder roars, go indoors! Stop outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.
Summertime is peak season for thunderstorm activity in Ohio. Preparedness for thunderstorms – or any severe weather incident – is key.

Be Informed. Know what to do before, during and after severe weather. For thunder and lightning safety tips, click on: http://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning

Make a Plan. Develop a disaster plan to respond to all hazards, including thunderstorms and lightning. Sign up for First Aid or CPR courses. Practice disaster plans by conducting safety drills.
Build a Kit. Organize or restock emergency supply kits for the home and vehicle to be prepared for any incident.

The NWS and Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness also suggest the following lightning safety measures:

Watch for developing thunderstorms – Thunderstorms are most likely to develop on spring or summer days, but can also occur at night and during any season. Listen to local weather reports on radio or television stations. Know the difference between storm watches and warnings. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert that notifies when hazardous weather is in or near your area.

Seek shelter before an approaching thunderstorm – Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from where it’s raining. If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Seek immediate shelter. Stay indoors for 30 minutes after hearing the last rumble of thunder. Continue to listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or local TV or radio newscasts for weather updates.

Protect your pets – Outside dog houses are not lightning-safe. Dogs that are chained to trees or wire runners have no protection from lightning. Bring your pets inside during thunderstorms.

Minimize your risk – Most lightning strikes occur during the summer when people are participating in outdoor recreational activities. At the first clap of thunder, stop outdoor activities and try to find indoor shelter immediately. If swimming, boating or fishing, get away from the water as quickly as possible. Find shelter in a substantial building (such as a home, school, office building or shopping center) or a hard-topped vehicle. Picnic shelters, car ports, baseball dugouts and convertible vehicles are not safe shelters during thunder and lightning storms. Do not use electrical equipment. Stay away from water/plumbing sources. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder before going outside again.

Helping someone struck by lightning – If a person is struck by lightning, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention. A lightning victim does not carry an electrical charge and is safe to touch. Knowing and implementing first aid measures, which include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help a person struck by lightning survive. Local American Red Cross chapters and fire departments often offer first aid and CPR classes.

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For additional information on lightning safety, visit the Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness site at http://www.weathersafety.ohio.gov or the NWS site at http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov.
OCSWA is comprised of 16 organizations and state agencies that are dedicated in teaching Ohioans severe weather safety and preparedness.
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Puppy Scam

The state’s attorney general is warning Ohioans to be on the alert for scams involving too-good-to-be-true offers for puppies or other pets for sale online.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says his office has received more than 25 complaints in the last two years from consumers who said they paid for a dog or other pet they found online but never received. DeWine says the average loss of such scams is more than $1,000.

The attorney general says warning signs include a low cost for a dog of a popular or expensive breed and sellers who seek additional fees beyond the agreed-upon price. Consumers also should be wary of breeders communicating only online or via text message and of pets offered “free” to a good home.

Consumers should beware of the following red flags of a scam:

• Breeders who will communicate only online or via text message

• A low cost for a dog of a popular or expensive breed

• Sellers who ask for additional fees beyond the agreed-upon price

• Pets that are “free” to a good home

• Sellers who say they will refund the money once the puppy is delivered

• Shipping companies or couriers that keep contacting the consumer asking for more money

• Claims that there was an insufficient shipping container

To protect themselves from scams, consumers should deal with a local breeder who has a good reputation. They can check for complaints on file with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Better Business Bureau, and they can seek information from animal adoption organizations. Consumers also should meet the puppy in person before sending any money.Image