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Sergeant Don Sims


Sgt. Don Sims is the Community Services Officer for the Ashland County Sheriff's Office. SGT Sims began his law enforcement career in 1992 in a small village police agency in Wayne county, then started working for the Ashland County Sheriff's Office in 1995 as a Special Deputy working in corrections, dispatching and road patrol. Don began working full time in corrections in 1996, and transferred to the enforcement division in late 1998. In 2001 Don was promoted to his currant rank of Sergeant and has been the assistant supervisor and later supervisor of his shifts. In 2004 Sgt. Sims accepted the challenges of being the Ashland County Community Policing Officer, Junkyard Inspector as well as a Field Training Officer and pistol range officer. He has also held positions as a bomb squad member and SRT member. Sgt. Sims enjoys traveling and eating out with his two children.



S.A.L.T. - Seniors and Law Enforcement Together

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office TRIAD/SALT (Seniors and Law Enforcement Together) program is designed to bridge the gap between senior citizens and law enforcement. Seniors and Law Enforcement working Together to address issues and concerns that involve crime prevention and safety issues in regards to our growing population of seniors. The goal of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office is to make seniors more aware of the crimes that they could become victims of due to the high level of trust they have for anyone they may meet in the public.

The Ashland County Sheriff's Office joined with a national program called TRIAD that brings together the National Sheriff's Association, AARP and the International Association of Police Chiefs.

The National Association of Triads is a partnership of three organizations - law enforcement, older adults, and community groups. The purpose of Triad is to promote older adult safety and to reduce the fear of crime that older adults often experience. NATI assists at the grassroots level, helping you organize your Triad and providing a clearinghouse of programs and resources that can be implemented at a community level, and training materials for law enforcement, volunteers, and community groups.

What Triads do:

  • Educate : by sponsoring crime prevention and public education for older adults.
  • Assist : by recruiting and training volunteers to assist police departments, sheriff's offices and other agencies.
  • Support : by identifying community resources and providing referrals to older persons to help reduce fear and lend moral support.
  • Unite : by involving the older adult population, law enforcement, community agencies, and individuals to identify problem areas in their communities.

Ashland County S.A.L.T. meets the 1st Thursday of the month at the Sheriff's Office Annex unless otherwise noted.

For more information contact The Ashland County Sheriff's Office @ 419-289-6552


Diane Cawood at the Ashland County Council on Aging Phone: 419-281-1477 Toll Free 1-800-246-1057

S.A.L.T.  Calendar of Events 2014*
Topic / Speaker

Office of the Sheriff and Project Lifesaver

SGT Don Sims / CPT Terry Hamilton

 Sheriff's Office Annex
Samaritan Hospital / In-Home Safety
Sheriff's Office Annex
County Extension Office on Cooking and Gardening
Sheriff's Office Annex
Pro Seniors / Helping with Legal & Long Term Care Plans
Sheriff's Office Annex
Fire Safety
Sheriff's Office Annex
Elder Abuse
Sheriff's Office Annex
Pain Management with out Surgery
Sheriff's Office Annex
Picnic at Kingston / Program TBA
Kingston of Ashland
Medicare Updates for 2015
Sheriff's Office Annex
Program TBA
Sheriff's Office Annex
Program TBA
Holiday Potluck Lunchean
Sheriff's Office Annex

*All events are subject to change.


Community Service Officers participate in county school classes in seat belt safety, gun safety, bicycle safety and other informational sessions.



Seat Belt Program

The State of Ohio offers a Seat Belt Program specifically designed for third graders. This program is presented to selected school districts. This program is designed so children will not only learn to wear their seat belts, but they also learn it's safer to ride in the back seat until they are teenagers, because of the dangers involving airbags.




Community Services performs a number of tasks, which provide direct support to the Enforcement Division, Detective Bureau, Corrections and the Combined Dispatch Center. We believe in and use the Community Policing Philosophy of collaborative efforts between various individuals, groups, organizations and the Sheriff;s office to solve community problems.

Other duties include following up reports for the Patrol Officers and the Detective Units that may need to be completed. By assisting with the investigations and other complaints, the Community Service Officers within the Department, a team approach to problem solving helps to prevent future problems involving criminal activity.

A resident or new business may be contacted about safety issues that the officers or dispatchers feel should be addressed. This gives the owner of the residence or the business personal contact with an officer and a chance to discuss other issues they may have, but didn't think were police related.








Ashland County Sheriff's Office
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Non-Emergency Phone: (419) 289-3911

Jail Phone: (419) 281-9009

Fax Number: (419) 281-2060


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