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Hilliard Tree Lighting: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4

Public Meeting Alert

City Council Executive Session (6 p.m.) and Regular Meeting (7 p.m.) Monday, Nov. 28. See the agenda.

Real People: Mike Metz, HPD Detective

The City of Hilliard has several employees who are alumni of The Ohio State University Marching Band, including Detective Mike Metz.

Metz has served in various roles with the Hilliard Division of Police for 36 years and played trumpet for The Ohio State University Marching Band from 1975-1980. Watch the video to hear his thoughts on this weekend’s big rivalry game and his time at HPD.

Thank you, Mike, for your service to the Hilliard community!

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Police, Fire To Host Active Shooter Response Training

November 9, 2022

C – Civilian
R – Response to
A – Active
S – Shooter
E – Events

Active shooter events have happened all across the world. They can happen quickly, often before you realize what is occurring. Would you know what to do if you were caught in one of these horrible tragedies?

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of professional guardians, civilian response options, medical care, and interactive drills.

The City of Hilliard Division of Police and Norwich Township Fire Department have partnered to provide this free, essential interactive training course to the residents of Hilliard and Norwich Township.

The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2023. One hour is provided for lunch. Each class will be limited to the first 25 registered participants.

To register, visit

If you have questions or need additional information, email or call 614-876-7694.

Good boy, Griff: HPD welcomes new dog

November 9, 2022

The City of Hilliard Division of Police has a new furry officer. K9 Griff is the Division’s first German Shepherd.

Griff is 2 years old and weighs about 90 pounds. He is teamed up with Officer Matt Braden and has been on the job for about one month.

“He likes to track — find people, find articles,” said Officer Braden. “We’re really working on narcotics detection now.”

Like all agency dogs, K9 Griff is considered a “dual purpose” dog, meaning he is trained in criminal apprehension, tracking, article searches and narcotic detection. A K9’s reward is praise from his handler and his special toy.

Griff was born in Germany and understands commands in German. He underwent obedience training in Germany before being flown to Ohio to complete training at Storm Dog Tactical.

German Shepherds are highly intelligent, athletic, and loyal dogs with high scenting abilities. K9 Griff can smell 100,000 times better than a human, thanks to the 225 million scent receptors in his nose.

The team is one of three currently serving the City of Hilliard. They join K9 Max and handler Officer Hunter Schweickart, and K9 Ari and Officer Dustin Kaiser.

He is the eighth dog to serve since the agency’s K9 program was established in June 2005. On average, the K9 unit is used about 200 times per year, mostly for narcotic detection.

The unit is often called upon by other law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio for assistance. Within the first few weeks on the job, K9 Griff assisted on a traffic stop that netted fentanyl and $18,000 in cash, as well as the recovery of a gun.

The unit also works closely with Hilliard City Schools in its dedication to keeping the buildings drug-free.

When he’s not on the job, K9 Griff lives at home with Officer Braden and his family.

Cram the Cruiser to keep Hilliard kids warm this winter

November 2, 2022

Residents are invited to help local children bundle up this winter by donating to the City of Hilliard’s fourth annual Cram the Cruiser event.

The event is a coordinated effort between the Hilliard Division of Police and the Hilliard Recreation and Parks Department to collect new winter items, such as coats, gloves, hats, snow boots, scarves, and hooded sweatshirts, to “cram” a cruiser full.

Donors may use the collection boxes at the Hilliard Community Center, 3800 Veterans Memorial Drive; Safety Services Building, 5171 Northwest Parkway; or Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.

Drop-off is encouraged during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the boxes will be available after hours. Items will be collected at the boxes through Dec. 5, 2022.

Donations also can be dropped off at the Hilliard Tree Lighting, slated for 4 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in Downtown Hilliard. A cruiser will be located near First Responders Park

“This annual holiday tradition in Hilliard has grown enormously over the past four years thanks to the generosity of so many residents, businesses, and organizations in the Hilliard community,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods. “We take pride knowing this event ensures every child in Hilliard who needs a coat in Hilliard will get one.”

All collected items will be given to K-12 students at Hilliard City Schools.

“We are grateful for the support from the Hilliard Division of Police and our entire community,” said Hilliard City Schools spokesperson Stacie Raterman. “These coats, gloves, and hats will help so many students in our community stay warm this winter. Hilliard is an amazing community.”

Hilliard’s Cram the Cruiser is generously sponsored by Nationwide Children’s Close to Home Hilliard, Security Plus Insurance, Japanese Automotive Service, Scioto Orthodontics, Credit Union of Ohio, and State Farm Insurance – Shannon Best.

In addition to City buildings, donations can also be dropped off at State Farm Insurance — Shannon Best, 3679 Fishinger Boulevard; Credit Union of Ohio, 5500 Britton Parkway; Hilliard United Methodist Church, 5445 Scioto Darby Road; Crooked Can Ohio, 5354 Center St; Hilliard Presbyterian Church, 3600 Leap Road; and Hilliard Church of Christ, 4300 Avery Road.

Officer Ron Burkitt picks up a Cram the Cruiser donation of coats, gloves, hats, and other winter items from Northwest Bible Church.
City of Hilliard police officers deliver coats and other winter weather items to children in Hilliard City Schools at the 2021 Cram the Cruiser delivery day.

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