Don Sims is the Community Services Officer for the Ashland County
Sgt. Don 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.
Service Officers participate in county school classes in seat belt
safety, gun safety, bicycle safety and other informational sessions.
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.
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
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.
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.
County Bomb Squad
Bomb Squad is staffed by four members of the Sheriff's Office. The
Unit is on call 24/7, not only for Ashland County, but surrounding
counties and other agencies as well. The Unit handles an average of
30 calls per year. These calls include responding to Bomb Threats,
Improvised Explosive devices, Improvised Incendiary devices, military
ordinance, commercial explosives and hazardous chemicals that are
explosive in nature. In addition the Unit provides training for law
enforcement and fire agencies as well as hospitals, schools and private
The Bomb Squad
is responsible for and responds to all calls in Ashland, Erie, Holmes,
Huron, Knox, Richland and Wayne counties as well as any other calls
that may come their way.
bomb technicians is lengthy and ongoing. Schooling is provided by
the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Ohio Peace Officers
Training Academy and other state and federal agencies. Team members
train frequently to insure a safe and rapid response to any situation.
the team participated in 48 hrs. of joint training with the FBI and
other bomb teams. In 2008 the team participated in over 200 hours
of training in house and with other area bomb teams.
of our work gives us no second chance. The Teams Motto: "Initial
Success or Total Failure" reminds us that preservation of life
and safety of team remains foremost.
Squad recently receved a MARK II Remote Control Robot from the
U.S. Navy's SPAWAR
Calls by year
2010 - 19
2009 - 15
2007 - 31
2008 - 35
Call Type (2010)
Recovered explosives/pyrotechnics (Fireworks): 2
Recovered/turned in old munitions:
By County (2010)
County Dive Team
Dive Team takes on the responsibilities of searching for drowned persons
and recovering items and evidence underwater. The Dive Team is comprised
of Male and Female Law Enforcement Officers and is presently eight
members strong. All those officers are trained to the level of Dive
Rescue Specialist 1, with four of those members being trained as Dive
Rescue Specialist 2. The Dive Team also has one unit trained as an
Underwater Crime Scene Investigator as well as a Scuba Instructor.
The Dive Team has equipment ranging from normal dive great to full
face masks and dry suits.
Over the last
several years the Sheriff's Office Dive Team has recovered stolen
guns, vehicles and other items as well as drowning victims. The Sheriff's
Office Dive Team takes great pride in their abilities and accomplishments,
as their work is very dangerous. The Dive Team operates with little
or no knowledge of what is under the water. Information provided by
witnesses is often sketchy or distorted. The Dive Team usually experiences
very poor visibility in most of the bodies of water in the county.
This can make items very difficult to locate.
The dive and
rescue team is under the direct command of the Chief Diver, Detective
Lt. Scott Smart.
County K-9 Unit
Sergeant Tim Kitts
K-9 unit was established in 1994. Presently the unit is comprised
of 3 teams:
Kitts and Zak, Deputy Kyle Pidgeon and Nicky, Corporal Mike Freelon
The K-9 teams
work on the roads in Ashland County. Additionaly K-9s are used to
assist in the Correction Division of the Sheriff's Office.They are
often called upon to assist other Law Enforcement Agencies with in
the county. The team puts on demonstrations for schools and groups.
They also participate in the opening day festivities at the Ashland
any group or organization is interested in having the team put on
a demonstration, please contact the Sheriff's Office.
K-9 program is funded strictly through donations. No tax payer funds
have been used since 1994.
you would like to donate to the Ashland County Sheriff's Canine fund,Call
Sgt. Kitts at the Sheriff's Office at 419-282-6672.
may be made payable to ''Ashland County Sheriff's Office Canine Division."
is a German Shepherd imported from Germany. She was nearly 3 years
old when she arrived in the United States on July 19, 2012. She spent
just over a week in Sandusky with a trainer before she spent her first
day with Kitts.
Meeko will receive intensified training during August thru October
of 2012 with Sgt.Kitts. By
October 2012 she will be certified with the State of Ohio in drug
detection and general duty or normal police work. General
duty certification includes such areas as tracking, article and area
search, criminal apprehension, and handler protection. All dogs are
tested under gunfire in order to obtain their certification. Narcotics
detection certification requires that the dogs are able to detect
and alert to the odor of Marijuana and it derivatives, Cocaine, Crack
Cocaine, and Heroin.
"Nicky" was imported
from Germany where he recieved extensive training. Nicky partnered
up with Deputy Pidgeon in 2010 and continued
the intense and extensive training. Nicky became O.P.O.T.A Certified
in 2010.and primarily works for the Enforcement Division. Nicky
was named 2011 K-9 of the Year.
"Ruger" is a 3 yearold
German Sheppard. He was born and raised in Germany
where he recieved extensive training in police K9 tactics by the time
he was 1-1/2 years old. Ruger was flown to the United States in May
2010 where he was united with his handler Corporal Mike Freelon. Cpl.
Freelon and Ruger continued the intense and extensive training on
a daily basis and became O.P.O.T.A Certified in 2010. They now work
together both in the Corections Division and the Enforcement Division.
Since 2010, Ruger and Cpl. Freelon have been called upon to assist
the Sheriff's Office, Ashland Police Dept. and the Ohio State Highway
Patrol over 80 times resulting in 17 arrests to date.
Ruger is also trained in the detection of Narcotics. He is also trained
in tracking subjects on foot, finding people in buildings and attacking
persons that pose a threat to his handler or others.
Cpl. Freelon has been employed with the Sheriff's Office since 2001
and partnered with Ruger since 2010.
COUNTY K-9 DIVISION
enjoying his retirement.
retired in July 2012. During his career Zak made numerous numerous
was named 2010 K-9 of the Year
Oct. 26, 2003
County D.A.R.E. Program
Angie Hamilton serves as a School Resources Officer and D.A.R.E. Program
Deputy Angie Hamilton joined
the Sheriff's Office in May of 1997. During her career, she has worked
in Communications, Road Patrol and Administration. She was assigned
duties as the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer.
She taught the D.A.R.E. program in Mapleton, Hillsdale and Loudonville
School Districts, Elementary through Middle School. Gun safety was
also taught in the elementary schools with the "Eddie Eagle"
program. She also gave public talks about the D.A.R.E. program to
public groups and organizations.
Begining in Dec 2011 Deputy Hamilton became the School Resources Officer
for Black River Schools.
She is now the SRO and D.A.R.E
Officer for Black River, Hillsdale, Mapleton and Loudonville School
Deputy Hamilton is a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association,
The Christ Community Evangelical Free Church, The Ashland County Republican
Women's Club, the American Cancer Society, Ashland Chapter of the
Eastern Star and the White Shrine. She is married to the Civil Officer/911
Coordinator Captain Hamilton. Her hobbies include horseback riding,
shopping, sewing and scrapbooking.
You may visit
the D.A.R.E. America or D.A.R.E. Ohio web pages by clicking on the
to other D.A.R.E. sites:
County Sheriff's Office
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Non-Emergency Phone: (419) 289-3911
Phone: (419) 281-9009
Number: (419) 281-2060
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