Bryan Police Department
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304 West High Street
Bryan, Ohio 43506
(419) 633-6050


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Bryan City Schools Start Wednesday August 20, 2014



Schools Open Drive Carefully


School Bus Safety

The Bryan Police Department is reminding drivers to be alert for stopped school buses that will be back on the road on Wednesday August 20.

Extra patience and attention will help make a safer school year for children.

Drivers should stop at least 10 feet back when approaching a school bus from either side, while it displays flashing lights and an extended arm.

They also ask drivers not to resume driving until the bus begins moving.

Drivers are urged to exercise patience and never pass a stopped school bus.

AAA offers six ways to keep kids safe this school year:

Slow down.  Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.

Reverse responsibly.  Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles—even those that are parked.

Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at

Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.

Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle.  If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at

Pictures from the past. 

Taken in the 1990's. Shows the various uniforms of Bryan PD.

L to R M Arnold, J Ridgway, S Grimes, R Poncsak, J Arnold

Practicing switching from revolvers to automatics 



K-9 Vest Donated To Sage

The Bryan Police K9 Sage has received a ballistic vest thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  $16,595.00 was donated to the charity from the “K9 Kota Campaign” which will provide vests for seventeen K9s in KY, OH, NJ, CA and IN.

The “K9 Kota Campaign” held an online event selling over 1350 tee shirts for the cause.

K9 Kota is a law enforcement dog with the Winchester Police Department in VA who sustained a work related injury on January 3, 2014.  He fell through an attic floor onto a hardwood floor while detaining a suspect. Although the injury was severe to his right front arm, Kota climbed back up the flight of stairs to continue the fight. After months of surgery and physical therapy his return to police work is still unknown.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially life saving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 930 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009 at a cost of $880,000.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor. Vests are manufacturer by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

New K9 graduates as well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was named as a charity partner in March of 2014 in a nation wide Groupon Campaign which raised over $335,000 in 19 days.  The non profit will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014. All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations accepted via mail to: Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718 or via the website:

This scam is now in the Bryan Area

It's a scam spreading across the country -- a person calls your home, says he or she is a police officer and you have a warrant out for your arrest for unpaid parking tickets. The caller said they were from an out of the area police department.

The caller then explains that you can pay the "fine" with a credit or debit card. In some cases, the caller may tell y...ou to buy a certain debit card or send the money via Western Union.

This scam has been reported in Ohio, Colorado, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon and other states.

Anyone who receives a call about a bench warrant for his or her arrest can call the court in the county that the warrant is supposed to have been issued and ask to verify the legitimacy of this claim.

Experts also recommend that you talk to the senior citizens in your life and remind them to never give out personal information such as credit or debit card information, bank account information or birth dates and social security card numbers over the phone or email.


Operation Lifesaver  Bryan Ohio Matthew Arnold

Look..... Listen.....Live


Matt Arnold Operation Lifesaver

Trains and cars don't mix. Never race a train to the crossing — even if you tie, you lose.The train you see is closer and faster-moving than you think. If you see a train approaching, wait for it to go by before you proceed across the tracks.

Be aware that trains cannot stop quickly. Even if the locomotive engineer sees you, a freight train moving at 55 miles per hour can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. That's 18 football fields!

Never drive around lowered gates — it's illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the 1-800 number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.

Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train is three feet wider than the tracks on both sides.

If your vehicle ever stalls on a track with a train coming, get out immediately and move quickly away from the tracks in the direction from which the train is coming. If you run in the same direction the train is traveling, when the train hits your car you could be injured by flying debris. Call your local law enforcement agency for assistance.

At a multiple track crossing waiting for a train to pass, watch out for a second train on the other tracks, approaching from either direction.

When you need to cross train tracks, go to a designated crossing, look both ways, and cross the tracks quickly, without stopping. Remember it isn't safe to stop closer than 15 feet from a rail.

ALWAYS EXPECT A TRAIN! Freight trains do not follow set schedules.

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Police: Man drags stolen safe behind car, arrested after passing officer

An Onslow County man is accused of breaking into a pharmacy, stealing a safe, and dragging it behind his car.

He was arrested after passing a police officer.


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2013 Traffic Crashes for the City Of Bryan


February March April


June July August September October November December
27 20 24 24 21 22 32 26 25 27 27 33
27 47 71 95  116  138 170   196  221 248 275  308


2014 Traffic Crashes for the City of Bryan
Updated 08-15-14



February March April


June July August September October November December
25 35 28 28 30 24 26 12        
25 60 88 116 146 170 196          




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