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We, of the Bethel Police Department, are committed to work in partnership with our community, to safeguard life and property while ensuring the rights of all people, and thereby enhancing the quality of life for our citizens.
Integrity: We will strive to uphold public trust by being honest, competent, and consistent in our beliefs and actions. We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professionalism through moral and ethical conduct.
Loyalty: Members of this organization shall remain dedicated to the accomplishment of the mission and are willing to support one another in pursuit of personal and professional excellence.
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Chief of Police
Chief Chad R. Essert
On behalf of the Bethel Police Department, I would like to welcome you to our website and take this opportunity to introduce you to our organization.
The Bethel Police Department is a highly professional organization, committed to achieving excellence in all we do. Our mission is to enhance the overall quality of life, reduce the fear of crime, and ensure a peaceful, safe environment for all members and visitors to our community. Our strategy to achieve our mission includes collaborating with community members to identify and creatively solve problems.
Our success at fulfilling this mission can be attributed largely to the remarkably dedicated staff comprising our department. We are committed to hiring only the very best and are proud that the men and women of the Bethel Police Department.
As an organization and as individuals, we are continuously seeking ways to improve our ability to serve the community. I hold not only the officers, but myself to the highest level of professionalism. At any time, you feel we have fallen short of these standards, I ask you reach out to me directly.
I hope you find our webpage to be helpful and informative. Again, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments, or issues at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad R. Essert
Chief of Police
Sgt. Mark Planck
Ofc. Josh Ginn
Ofc Rick Haas
Ofc Mike Hooven
Ofc Hooven has been a police officer since 1997 . He spent most of his time with the Village of Terrace Park. Ofc Hooven is our School Resource Officer for the Bethel-Tate Middle School.
Ofc Don Fourth Jr.
Ofc Fourth started his law enforcement career in 1998. He has attended several leadership courses over the years and is a field training officer as well as our property room manager. Ofc Fourth is currently assigned to our day shift.
Ofc McKenzie Ratliff
Ofc Ratliff is a graduate of the UC police academy. This is her first law enforcement job, and we are excited to have her on board. She is assigned our mid-shift.
Ofc Matt House
Ofc House is a graduate of Butler Tech police academy. He is currently assigned our Mid-shift.
Ofc Brian Goody
Ofc Brian Goody started his career in 1999. He has worked in many different capacities throughout law enforcement. He is currently a Field Training Officer and is assigned to night shift.
Ofc Collin Blevins
Ofc Blevins has been a police officer since 2021. His focus is narcotic interdiction and criminal patrol. He is currently assigned our night shift.
The Bethel Police Department is always accepting applications for part-time officers. Part-time officers are required to cover at least twelve (12) hours per week. Pay is based on experience. Any full-time positions will be posted on this site.
Our hiring process is the same regardless of part-time or full-time:
- All applicable forms (see below) needs to be filled out and originals must be dropped off or mailed to the Police department (email and/or faxed will not be accepted)
- Thorough background
- Oral Interview board
- Drug screening
- Medical (full-time only)
- Interview with Chief of Police
Currently, we do not have any full-time positions available.
Ohio Collaborative Agreement
In December 2014, Gov. John R. Kasich signed Executive Order 2014-06K, announcing the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations after a series of incidents in Ohio and around the nation highlighted the challenges between the community and police. The task force included 24 members representing the governor, legislature, attorney general, the Supreme Court of Ohio, local law enforcement, organized labor, local community leaders, the faith-based community, business, municipalities and prosecuting attorneys.
On April 29, 2015, after a series of public forums held around the state, the task force delivered its final report to the Governor, who in turn signed Executive Order 2015-04K, established the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board (Ohio Collaborative) to oversee implementation of recommendations from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations.
The Ohio Collaborative, a 12-person panel of law enforcement experts and community leaders from throughout the state, established state standards – for the first time in Ohio’s history – on August 28, 2015, for use of force including use of deadly force and agency employee recruitment and hiring that can help guide law enforcement agencies in Ohio. These new standards will hold everyone accountable and instill a greater confidence with the public. The Collaborative works closely with partners, including the community and law enforcement agencies, to implement the new standards. All law enforcement agencies are expected to meet or exceed these new standards as they develop policies and procedures to meet these new expectations. The Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), a division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety, communicated those new standards to Ohio’s nearly 960 law enforcement agencies. The Ohio Collaborative also provided model policies as a resource for agencies, and OCJS serves as a contact and is available to assist agencies with implementation. OCJS published a report on March 31, 2017, listing which state and local law enforcement agencies have adopted and fully implemented the new minimum standards. More than 500 agencies employing over 27,000 officers (in all 88 counties, representing 79 percent of all law enforcement officers in Ohio and most of Ohio’s metropolitan departments) are participating in the certification process.