The mission of the Findlay Township Police Department is to fulfill all of our job duties and responsibilities while adhering to the philosophy of safeguarding the rights and liberties of both citizens and fellow coworkers, in recognition of human dignity and the constitutional rights bestowed on all persons. We shall always treat other persons as we would hope or expect to be treated or that we would want our loved ones to be treated under similar circumstances.
We will continue to be a leader and an example, both professionally and personally, to all law enforcement agencies as we provide an effective service through partnerships built in the schools and the community with the ultimate goal of detecting and preventing crime, while preserving peace, integrity and public trust.
Values Statement (FTPD)
Block Parent Program
The primary purpose of the Block Parent Program is to protect children going to and from school. However, the program may also serve as a neighborhood service for distressed, frightened or injured children in the evening hours, or weekends and during the summer months. The home of the Block Parent is intended to serve as a safe refuge for children frightened, threatened or suffering from any type of emergency situation. The Block Parent provides a safe, convenient telephone station for all children in an EMERGENCY situation; a link between the child and his/her home.
Block Parents may assist in the following ways:
1. Being aware of suspected and known criminal activity within the neighborhood which may be directed at youth.
2. To report such activity to the police department and other Block Parents.
3. To provide their homes as a safe refuge to a child who has been threatened, attacked or in fear of being harmed.
4. To engender among parents and neighbors leadership and responsibility in making a safe and secure neighborhood for children.
4. To be ever alert for potential victimization situations within the neighborhood.
5. And to create responsible neighborhood action in assisting in crime prevention and detection.
Block Parent Definition
Block Parents are mothers, fathers and other concerned adults, residing within their respective school district, who have volunteered to be available, if required, to assist and protect children in need within their neighborhood.
1. Good judgment
2. A telephone
3. Cleared by the police department (criminal history, background check)
4. A willingness to help children in distress
Duties of a Block Parent:
1. You are primarily a place of refuge and a telephone link in any emergency situation.
2. Your duties are not to act as a policeman, doctor, or nurse. You are a valuable link with these professional people.
3. Determine the nature of the incident and use your own judgment and common sense.
4. Do not let anyone else act as your substitute Block Parent.
5. Display Block Parent sign in a conspicuous window or door.
Tangible benefits of the Block Parent Program:
1. Incidents towards children decrease or are eliminated.
2. "Friendly" fighting among children diminishes.
3. Community spirit of interest, cooperation increases.
4. Children feel safe and secure.
5. Respect for property (lawns, flowers) increases.
6. Police appreciate help of Block Parents.
7. Greater peace of mind for parents.
1. Block Parents do not have to be home at specific times. They can come and go as they please.
2. Block Parents do not administer first aid. Their first duty is to call for help and keep the child as comfortable as possible until parents or competent medical aid arrives. You MUST use common sense in this area.
3. The Block Parent has no legal authority other than that invested in the private citizen.
4. BLOCK PARENT IS STRICTLY NON-PROFIT AND VOLUNTEER
Rules For "Block Parents"
1. Do not transport children in your car. Call the right person to solve the child's particular problem.
2. If the child is lost, call the Police Department.
3. A slightly injured child should be sent to the school or back to his home.
4. For seriously injured school children, call the police and then all the parents.
5. For a critically injured child, call the Police Department for help at once. Tell the Police if the ambulance is needed.
6. If the child is injured, do not administer First Aid except to stop excessive bleeding or to ease restricted breathing, following the instructions for notification listed above.
7. Do not offer food or beverage to any youngster. Some children are allergic to some foods. If the child should be diabetic, his diet is of critical importance.
8. If a child has been molested or frightened by a stranger or a child has witnessed an indecent exposure, notify the Police immediately. DO NOT QUESTION THE CHILD.
9. Always be on the alert for cars loitering near schools or playgrounds. Report any suspicious vehicles to the Police Department.
10. Avoid giving the child instructions which may conflict with his parents' teaching. Your job is to solve the problem at hand.
1. What if I take in a child and he/she becomes ill, or gets hurt in my home?
Some people are concerned initially about the civil liability they might incur because of having offered refuge to someone, but they must remember that the mere posting of a sign in their window does not change their responsibilities at all. If they would have taken in a frightened child before they joined the Block Parent Program, there is no reason why they should hesitate now. Experience shows there will be few incidents of any sort happening to any Block Parent volunteer, since Block Parent Programs tend to deter criminal or disorderly activity in a neighborhood.
2. Am I expected to open my door to anyone who claims to need help?
Of course not. There is no enforcement within the Block Parent plan, so the Block Parent may open, or refuse to open, his/her door to anyone he/she chooses. It is expected that the volunteer will always provide refuge for the very young children, who are the primary objects of the program's protection. However, whether to offer haven to anyone else is entirely up to the conscience and courage of the person whose home it is. The sign in the window does not obligate the homeowner to open his/her door to anyone at all - it merely indicates that he/she is a member of the Block Parent Program and is probably at home.
3. Should I take the sign out of the window every time I leave the house?
No. The mere display of such signs throughout a neighborhood tends to discourage molesters and other undesirables. A Block Parent may go ten years or more without participating in a "dramatic rescue" of any kind. By keeping the sign posted, you are letting children in the area know that you are a participant in the Block Parent Program.
Joining the Block Parent Program:
In order to participate in the Block Parents program you must submit a Block Parent Application Form for each adult in your household. In order for the Police Department to perform the necessary background check, you must also submit a Waiver of Confidential Records and Waiver of Liability Form. Use the links below to view these forms online or download them to your computer from the "Forms" section of our web site:
Block Parent Application Form
Waiver of Confidential Records and Waiver of Liability Form
Housed in the Police Dept., Findlay Twp. Crime Watch is a nonprofit organization that has proven successful in lowering crime rates and improving quality of life. Its purpose is to develop a partnership between the police and citizens for community safety. Through neighborhood groups, citizens agree to watch each other's property and report suspicious behavior. Crime Watch provides public information concerning crime prevention measures and public safety to the Township's residential and business communities. Use the following link below to view the
form online or download it to your computer from the "Forms" section of our web site:
Crime Watch Application Form
Business Watch is related to the residential neighborhood Crime Watch program. Through the assistance of the Police Dept., businesses agree to watch each other's property and report suspicious behavior. Business Watch provides public information concerning crime prevention measures and public safety to the Township's business communities. Use the following link below to view the form online or download it to your computer from the "Forms" section of our web site:
Business Watch Application Form