More 2013 Aurora police highlights listed

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Here are some more highlights related to police activity as listed in Chief Seth Riewaldt's annual report for 2013:

• Two new officers were welcomed to the department -- Bryan Kroll and Scott Brown.

• The DUI enforcement officer of the year, as determined by the Portage County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was Anthony Galiardi, a 4 1/2-year member of the force.

• At year-end, eight full-time officers had more than 20 years of service -- Riewaldt, 34 1/2; Dirk Piggott, 28 1/2; Donald Johnson, 27; Michelle Rizzo and John Bergoine, 24 each; J. Kevin Long, 23; Christopher Reiter, 22 1/2; and David Prislan, 22.

• The longest term other police department personnel were dispatcher Becky Ballou with 32 1/2 years and part-time officer David Barnes with 30 1/2.

• After two years of planning, the department completed a floor to ceiling renovation of the dispatch center, which cost $230,000. The work was completed in about 90 days.

• The city purchased a new speed monitor trailer, with the old one sold to the village of Hiram.

• Chris Reiter joined Michelle Ice as a second schools resource officer late in the year, and the district enhanced safety at all school buildings through various means. Ice attended a three-day Midwest National Conference for Negotiators in Columbus.

• Among events police personnel took part in were the annual bike rodeo, Pinwheels Spinning for Safer Communities, Shop With A Cop, None 4 Under 21 and Choices Beyond, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Super Bowl awareness and Fill A Cruiser.

•Others included Safety Town, pizza eating challenge with Harmon School students, child IDs and fingerprint program, Project Child Safe, talking to various groups, Portage County Safe Communities event, and Metro SWAT and Portage County Drug Task Force activities.

• One of the SWAT activities was a mock emergency incident at Harmon School.

• Residents can call in crime tips on a special line -- 330-995-3030. The line is checked for messages each day. Emergency situations should be called in to 911, while police can be reached for non-emergencies at 330-562-8181.

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