New Albany is one of Ohio’s safest communities and a reason for this low crime rate is the strong interaction between our officers, residents and businesses. Whether performing vacation house checks while residents are out of town, conversing with the public while on mounted patrol, leading the Citizen Police Academy, teaching women’s self-defense classes, outreach through Block Watch programs and police station tours, conducting bicycle safety programs for children or performing safety tips to businesses, our officers understand that strong relationships set the foundation for a safer community.
Education is a community core value and City Council has consistently underwritten all costs associated with the school resource officer position stationed on the New Albany Plain Local Schools campus throughout the school year. The city also underwrites the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program for fifth and seventh grade students and administers Safety Town, a safety awareness program held each summer for more than 300 kindergartners and first graders. (Safety Town is a joint effort with the Plain Township Fire Department initially made possible by the support of Key Bank and the New Albany Women’s Network through the New Albany Community Foundation).
New Albany police utilize multiple communications channels to stay in touch, including social media; the city e-newsletter; and, when time is of the essence, the Alert Franklin County call-out network that sends information to phone numbers and email addresses for those who have registered for the free updates.
Our school district partners promote the idea that if you see something, say something and report it. We couldn’t agree more. Even though New Albany’s crime levels are low, please report suspicious activity to the police at 855.1234. Those who believe an activity could be a life threatening emergency should call 9-1-1 immediately.