The Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A)


By:  Thomas Austin, Executive Secretary

Isn’t it amazing how time flies.  It was only nine short months ago that we were working to reject SB 5 and Issue 2.  Today’s political climate has not improved since last November and the attacks on the public sector worker and the middle class continue.  However, the OPBA’s Endorsement Committee has been hard at work.  The committee consists of Executive Director Jeff Pedicino, Executive Secretary Tom Austin (Twinsburg Police Department) and Trustee Brian Johnston (Geauga County Sheriff’s Office).   The committee, along with Justice Andrew Douglas have designed and implemented a system in which each political candidate requesting the OPBA’s endorsement must answer a series of 14 questions:

1. What office are you seeking?

2. Why do you seek the endorsement of the O.P.B.A.?

3. Do you have an opponent?  If the answer is “yes,” please identify your opponent by name and explain why you would be the better choice.

4. Public safety depends upon the ability of the law enforcement community to combat crime.  To do this effectively, law enforcement personnel must have rights protecting their safety and compensation and benefits that is both reasonable and competitive to sustain themselves and their families.  To these ends, please respond to each of the following questions.

A. Do you and/or will you support a law which provides that the personal information (home address, spouse’s name, children, telephone numbers) of law enforcement officers and associated law enforcement personnel is exempt from the Ohio Public Records law, R.C. 149.43?

B. Do you and/or will you support a law which makes it a crime to knowingly make a false complaint against a police officer?

C. Do you believe that a police officer has the same right of self defense as all other citizens?

D. Do you believe that all law enforcement officers should be afforded minimum due process before being fired or disciplined as a result of a citizen’s complaint?

E. Do you believe that law enforcement personnel should have the right to join a union and collectively bargain to obtain their just rights and goals?

F. Ohio’s Collective Bargaining Law is codified in Chapter 4117 of the Ohio Revised Code.  Recently this law came under attack.  Do you support the Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Law?  If elected, would you oppose any effort to substantially change or repeal the law including the provision that provides for final and binding conciliation for law enforcement officers?

G. In the past, law enforcement officers have given up wage increases in exchange for improved pension benefits.  Will you oppose all but reasonable changes in public employee pension benefits?

H. Do you believe that health care coverage for law enforcement officers should be provided by the officer’s employer so long as the employee pays a reasonable portion of the premium?

5. Do you believe that an employer should provide for full funding for bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers?

6. Are you in favor of or opposed to placing public pensions under the Social Security system?  Will you decline to support any legislation proposing such an effort?”

7. Recently Issue 2 (S.B. 5) was defeated.  If any legislation attacking collective bargaining rights was again proposed, would you publicly express your disapproval of such efforts?

8. Do you support health care coverage for law enforcement retirees?

9. What is your position, in criminal and civil proceedings, on supporting the exclusion of statements made by officers after being advised of their “Garrity Rights”?

10. Recently some persons have proposed a Right to Work law for Ohio.  Are you for or against such a law?  If against, will you publicly state your position?

11. Do you oppose the imposition of the death penalty for those individuals convicted of murdering a law enforcement officer?

12. Do you support the elimination of specific restrictions that currently exist on concealed carry permit holders that could endanger those in law enforcement?

13. Is there anything else you would like to add that would assist us in determining whether you should be endorsed by the O.P.B.A and its membership?

14. Completing this form is a requirement before a personal screening takes place.  If you have met this requirement, are you willing to appear before the Screening Committee of the O.P.B.A.?

As of August 1, 2012, the following have received the endorsement of the OPBA: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, Justice Terrence O’Donnell and Justice Robert Cupp; Ohio Senator Tom Patton, District 24; and Representative Tom Warren, District 76.

The OPBA is committed to its members and will hold endorsed candidates responsible for how they respond to the OPBA questionnaire and vote on laws associated to their answers.  One case that comes to mind is Ohio State Representative Mike Dovilla, a Republican from the 18th District.  Former Executive Director Terry Gallagher issued an endorsement on behalf of the OPBA.  This endorsement was based in part on an answer that Representative Dovilla supported the right to collectively bargain.  During the SB5 battle, the OPBA found Representative Dovilla voted with his party line and in favor of SB5.  The OPBA contacted Representative Dovilla and advised if he did not change his position on SB5 when it became Issue 2 his endorsement would be revoked.  Representative Dovilla did not change his vote on Issue 2 and the endorsement was revoked.

Well, guess who is up for re-election now – Representative Dovilla.  Please keep this type of information in mind when you cast your ballot in Representative Dovilla’s district or for others who may have voted against our profession in SB5/Issue 2.

As always, please know that your endorsement committee is here to represent the OPBA’s membership interests at the Ohio State and United States levels of government.  Please continue to monitor OPBA.com for further endorsements.   Finally, as many of you proudly displayed the bumper sticker during SB5/Issue 2 stating “We’ll Remember in November”, please again make sure your voice is heard by voting this November.


Beachwood PD Giving Competitve Test For Entry Level Police Officer

Beachwood Police Department
2700 Richmond Road
Beachwood, Ohio 44122 216.464.2343 216.292.1954 Fax
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The Beachwood Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

The Beachwood Police Department will be offering an entrance examination for the position of Full-Time Patrol Officer on October 24, 2012, at the City of Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, Ohio.

The dates and times for Application Distribution and Submittal at the Beachwood Police Department, 2700 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122 are as follows:
September 24th – September 28th, 2012 (Mo, Tu, Th, F) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., (We) 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
September 29th, 2012 (Sat) 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
October 1st – October 5th, 2012 (Mo, Tu, Th, F) 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., (We) 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Successful completion of the Police Standardized Physical Agility / Fitness Test offered by Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) is a pre-requisite to turning in an application. Please contact CCC directly to register for this portion of the testing process at 216-987-3033.

The Beachwood Police Department will accept certificates of completion for this test dated October 5th, 2011 or later for those candidates who have already successfully passed this test. Certificates must be presented at time of application submission. No one will be permitted to take the examination without having presented a certificate showing successful completion of this physical agility / fitness test at time of application. All certificates are subject to verification.
Those persons who have properly completed and submitted an accepted application and other required documents will be required to take a written examination on Wednesday October 24th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the City of Beachwood Community Center, 25225 Fairmount Boulevard, Beachwood, Ohio. The passing grade for the written examination is 70%. The written examination is being prepared by Ramsay & Associates.

After the application is completed, it must be signed and notarized prior to its submission, and returned with the following: $20.00 fee (non-refundable) by Certified Check or Money Order made payable to the City of Beachwood (NO CASH, NO PERSONAL CHECKS) copy of valid Ohio Driver’s License and it must be presented for verification of identity at time application is returned copy of high school diploma, transcript from high school which verifies graduation, or G.E.D. certificate copies of college transcripts - only if an Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree has been attained copy of certificate showing successful completion of the Police Standardized Physical Agility / Fitness Test offered by Cuyahoga Community College (CCC). This must be submitted at time of application. copies of O.P.O.T.A. training certificates (if applicable)

Qualifications needed to become a Beachwood Police Officer: Be at least 21 years old at time of application and be appointed prior to your 35th birthday Be a U.S. Citizen Have no felony convictions and possess a valid Ohio driver’s license Be a high school graduate or have a GED certificate Successfully complete all phases of the testing and selection process Rev. 05.08.12

Entrance exams are controlled by the Beachwood Civil Service Commission. All tests will be advertised in local newspapers. If you have any further questions regarding this test announcement or a career with the Beachwood Police Department, contact one of the department’s recruiters at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 216.464.2343.

NOTICE: In its application, hiring and employment procedures the City of Beachwood intends to comply fully with all applicable local, state and federal requirements pertaining to equal employment opportunity, and does not intend to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age or ancestry. The purpose of the City’s application, examination and hiring process is to elicit job-related information.
A pre-determined number of applicants who successfully pass the written examination will be scheduled for a psychological test and interview. Those applicants who complete the psychological test and interview will be scheduled for interviews with the Civil Service Commission and the chief of police (or his designee). The Civil Service Commission shall then certify a ranked eligibility list of applicants.

The police department shall then schedule a polygraph and/or voice stress analysis examination for a pre-determined number of applicants from the certified eligibility list, as well as conduct a complete background investigation of same. An interview with the Mayor shall follow these activities.
Passage of physical, medical and vision examinations as related to the requirements of the position, and the Police and Firemen’s Disability and Pension Fund, shall be required after a conditional offer of employment is made to the applicant.

The Beachwood Police Department has 44 full-time officers, led by Police Chief Mark Sechrist. The starting salary for an officer hired in 2012 will be approximately $61,400 per year. The base pay for that officer after two years with the department will be at least $74,800. The department does not employ part time patrol officers.

The Police Department has many specialized units including: Traffic Bureau, Detective Bureau, Emergency Service Team (SWAT), Crime Scene Investigative Unit, Bicycle Patrol Officers, and Field Training Officers.

The Beachwood Police Department also offers a benefit program that includes: Paid Health Care Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Longevity Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Uniform Allowance, Retirement Plan, an Optional Deferred Compensation Program, and Introduction Into a Union.
Some of the duties and responsibilities of a patrol officer include protecting the lives and property of the residents, businesses, and visitors of Beachwood; enforcing laws and ordinances; patrolling the city and responding to calls for assistance; doing preliminary investigation of incidents; investigating traffic crashes; traffic enforcement; and completing reports and other required paperwork.


Thank you to our 2012 Hole Sponsors & Contributors

American Income Life
Jeff Pedicino, Executive Director
Merrill Lynch, Pat Petsche
Cleveland Area Golden Gloves
Sam Fiorentino & Associates
Ciuni & Panichi
Cleveland Bakers’ Local No 19
Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society
Guardian Protection
Badges Plus
Blue Line Financial Services
Suburban Press
George Argie
Midwest Publishing
Allotta, Farley and Widman
Friends of Tom Patton
California Casualty
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association
Independent Insurance Agency
Ron Campbell – Commence Firearms
Outback Steak House
North Coast Awards
Retired Irish Police Society
Dave & Busters
Tom Austin, Executive Secretary


Dan Otto Memorium

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office continues to mourn the loss of a member of its family. In June, Detective Dan Otto was killed in a single vehicle crash while vacationing with his family in California

Otto, 38, of Columbus, joined the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy in 1998. In the early 2000s, he was reassigned to the Detective Division where he handled major crimes. Otto made a name for himself as a detective when he was assigned to investigate the 2002 homicides of Jill Hand and Walter Welch. Hand’s husband was found guilty of both murders. Dave Yost, who was serving as Delaware County Prosecutor at the time, called Detective Otto, “a tireless investigator, with an excellent memory.” Yost referred to Otto as “the glue that put all the pieces together.”

Otto was also actively involved in the homicide investigation of Genoa Township mother Lisa Gross, who was found dead in the bathtub of her home in 2001. Last year, he was able to identify James Henry Evans II as the suspect from a bank robbery in the county, which led to the suspect’s arrest and conviction of multiple bank robberies in the state of Ohio.

Detective Otto was an excellent investigator who never gave up on a case. Sheriff Martin “Dan was that go-to investigator. If you needed something done and wanted it done right – you called Dan. He was an asset to the Detective Division and to the Sheriff’s Office as a whole. It was evident Dan loved his job, but more than that, he loved his son. He was a devoted father and friend to many; he will be missed by all who knew him.”  

A large memorial service was held in Dan’s honor at Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville, Ohio. Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state attended the service and the burial, which was held at Red Bank Cemetery in Genoa Township.