Department Closer to Full Strength
Officer Mike Smith
On Tuesday January 29, 2008, Officer Mike Smith was sworn in by Mayor Handwerk. Ofc. Smith is a graduate of Ellet High School in Akron and the University of Akron where he obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to accepting a position at the Orrville Police Department, Smith spent 16 months as a police officer in Marlboro Township.
Smith is currently involved in the department’s field training program, which lasts approximately 12-16 weeks. He will be trained by the department’s field training officers: Sgt. Bishop, Sgt. Birkbeck, and Det. Stitt. Upon the conclusion of the program, Smith will begin solo patrol.
Currently, the Orrville Police Department has fourteen full time officers with the hiring of Smith. At full strength, the department will have 15 sworn officers. Chief Carozza is expected to hire the fifteenth officer in March of this year.