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(Chillicothe) — The Paint Valley Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health (ADAMH) Services Board recognized Lt. Johnathan R. Strawser of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Department as our Community Champion on Tuesday August 31, 2021, for his excellent performance and outstanding service, during the Pickaway County Commissioner’s meeting.
Lt. Strawser was nominated by Lt. James A. Brown Jr. for his efforts to assist an individual in crisis on August 6th of this year. Lt. Strawser responded to call for a barricaded person with a gun. He knew this person had prior incidences of paranoia and suffered from mental illness. Strawser relied upon his past experiences with the individual, his knowledge of the community, and his training. The Lieutenant went above and beyond to not only deescalate the crisis but followed up to assist the individual. This exceptional work is why the ADAMH Board feels it is so important to recognize Lt. Strawser.
Executive Director of the Paint Valley ADAMH Board, Penny Dehner, stated “Lt. Johnathan R. Strawser went above and beyond his training and quite frankly not only saved a life, but saved our community turmoil and unnecessary use of force against a person with a mental illness. Simply outstanding work and it needs to be recognized.”
“The extra efforts of Lt. Strawser reduced a potential entry by Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team that could have led to the individual being harmed.” Stated Lt. James A Brown Jr., Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.
The Pickaway County Commissioners and the Pickaway County Sheriff, Matthew O. Hafey also recognized Lt. Strawser during the meeting.
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The last Pickaway County Sheriff “Kids and Badges” event for the summer will be September 4th.
Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey and the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the event at the Commercial Point Men’s Club at 26 West Scioto Street on September 4th, 2021 from 10am to 2pm.
There will also be free food and shirts for the kids.
First responders of Pickaway County will be out to greet the county’s kids and their parents.
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Pickaway County Historical Society will benefit from historical items being shared from Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey. The announcement came via the Pickaway County Historical Society’s Facebook page, concerning the new law enforcement exhibit.
The Pickaway County Commissioners granted permission for these articles to be shared with not only the Pickaway County Historical Society but with the Ohio’s Small Town Museum in Ashville.
Various items of the Sheriff’s Office have been donated to each museum so that people can learn more about the history of the law enforcement profession.
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Pickaway County Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey has taken to Facebook to announce that his office will soon be utilizing body cameras.
Hafey says this has been one of his “missions” since taking office in January.
“We are very thankful to our Pickaway County Commissioners for passing the resolution to purchase these necessary tools for our Deputies at their most recent meeting. These tools will not only aid in the investigation of crimes, but to show transparency of our Office to the public. We are fortunate to have this equipment to help bring the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office into the 21st century of law enforcement.”
Sheriff Hafey says it will take approximately 4-6 weeks for the cameras to arrive and be deployed to the field. The Deputies will also go through training on how to properly and fully utilize the camera systems.
In addition to the body cameras, the Deputies will also be issued new Tasers to replace their current aging equipment. This equipment is unique in that they work together so that the cameras will automatically activate once a Taser is turned on, thus reducing the chance of a use of force incident not being recorded.
“The current Tasers, of which some are still viable, will be re-purposed in our Jail so that the Corrections Officers will have another tool in which to ensure safety and security in the facility”, according to Sheriff Hafey.