Police Chief Resignation: On June 10, 2024, the Ross Township Board of Trustees received the resignation of Police Chief Burton Roberts.  His decision comes after much reflection and personal consideration.  His letter states that it has been his honor to have served Ross Township since September 2019.  His intentions are to relocate to Arizona after a stellar career of 32 years in law enforcement.  It is with regret for our township and best wishes for Chief Roberts that the Board of Trustees has accepted his letter of resignation to be effective July 5, 2024.  As with the recent appointment of our Fire Chief, the Ross Township Board of Trustees will begin an exhaustive search for our next Police Chief.  We will ensure that he or she will fulfill all of the needs that our fine township deserves.  We are proud of our department and each of the officers that have chosen to establish their careers here and we will work tirelessly to hire a Police Chief that meets all of the qualifications necessary to continue to lead the Police Department in the direction that Chief Roberts has for the past almost 5 years.  We are thankful for the fine staff of officers that Chief Roberts has assembled during his tenure as the department prepares for the next chapter to provide for the safety of all Ross residents.

Citizen Police Academy

 What is the Citizen Police Academy?

The Citizen Police Academy is a look into the values, philosophy, and operations of the Ross Township Police Department. Designed for the residents of Ross Township, the Academy educates citizens about the "how and whys" of the Department, and the citizen's role in the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy. Students are expected to share this realistic view of the Department with other citizens to improve the efficiency of law enforcement in their neighborhoods through shared responsibilities and resources.

What topics are covered?

A wide variety of topics are included in the Citizen Police Academy. Citizens examine training and related issues. The application of the Community-Oriented Policing philosophy will be discussed.  The topics will address both parts of the Department-those that are seen by the public and those areas seldom seen.

What is the purpose?

The purpose of the Ross Township Citizen Police Academy is to provide information to the citizens who attend so they may make informed judgments about the department and police activity. Understanding can dispel suspicions and misconceptions and increase police/community rapport through this educational process. The Department, in turn, becomes more aware of the feelings and concerns of the community from the students. This will help to establish open lines of communication and cooperation in our shared goal of achieving the best police service for the citizens of Ross Township.

When is the academy?

The Citizen Police Academy meets on Monday evenings for three (3) hours starting in the Fall of 2021. The Academy runs for eleven (11) weeks and is held at Ross Township Police Department at 4055 Hamilton Cleves Rd, Fairfield, Oh 45014. Classes meet from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and require a substantial commitment from the student. Any student who misses more than two meetings will not be able to graduate. There is no cost to the students. Casual clothing is recommended.

Who can apply?

Persons 21 years old and older, persons involved in community activities, block watches, owners of businesses within Ross Township, township residents, and of this group, those able to make a commitment to attend the eleven week course.

Citizen Police Academy Application

Standards For Admission

Citizen Police Academy Schedule