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Danville Police Department was honored to attend the 2016 Law Enforcement Memorial service held May 18, 2016 in Millersburg, Ohio. Officer Tom Cottrell was among the local area fallen officers and K9 Officers that were remembered and honored. Many thanks to Holmes County Sheriff's Office and the Millersburg Police Department for all your support. We appreciate all our fellow police officers, EMS, and firefighters past, present and future.



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On May, 10, 2016, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office recognized four officers for their actions that resulted in the capture of Herschel Jones III on January 18, 2016. Officers were investigating the shooting death of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. Jones fled a residence on East Washington Street in Danville and after a foot chase, was arrested a short distance away near the football field. Sheriff David Shaffer presented the Office Citation award to Deputies Kevin Durbin, Lee Eppich, Brandon Minot, and Danville Chief Dan Weckesser. The award is for outstanding performance of a difficult task, involving personal risk to the officer’s safety and because of their actions the perpetrator was apprehended.



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Sgt. Chad Lishness & TC

Sgt. Lishness and K-9 TC graduated recently from Police K-9 Storm Dog Tactical School and they are ready to hit the streets. Congratulations to Sgt. Lishness and TC! The name TC was chosen in memory of Officer Thomas Cottrell who was shot and killed while on duty earlier this year in January.    



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Pictured L-R  Officer Mark Perkins, Tanya Rayburn, Officer Josh Abshire & Sgt. Chad Lishness

LONDON — Thursday’s ceremony to honor Ohio peace officers who died in the line of duty in 2015 held a close focus on three officers, but the village of Danville and the family of Thomas Cottrell were woven into the fabric of the ceremony.

The ceremony opened as family members walked through the memorial, past the eternal flame. This included Tanya Rayburn, Cottrell’s life partner, and his daughters, Courtney, Brooklyn and Alycia. His mother, Melissa Osborn, was also in attendance.

Cottrell will be recognized in the 2017 ceremony when his name will be revealed on the memorial wall.

The Danville Police Department, represented by Sgt. Chad Lishness and officers Josh Abshire and Mark Perkins, participated in a motorcade that traveled from the Fraternal Order of Police offices in downtown Columbus to the training academy in London prior to the ceremony.

Read more: Ceremony impact felt locally — Mount Vernon News – Mount Vernon, Ohio




Officer Cottrell was shot and killed while on duty late Sunday evening January 17, 2016. We salute our fallen brother.



The Danville Youth Baseball Association celebrated opening day Saturday April 30th with a trubute to our fallen brother.  

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Thank you to all who came out and endured the rain and cold. It was a very nice tribute to Officer Thomas Cottrell. We are blessed with the community support everyone shows for DPD. Officer Mark Perkins and Tanya caught the opening pitch. Chief Weckesser showed his batting form along with Officer Lyons.



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Cpl. Lisa Lyons holding check received from Troop 2760 to help purchase new K-9. A big thank you to Troop 2760 for your donation of $1,500!



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Mayor Robert L. Dile administers Oath of Office to two of DPD newest officers. Left to right: Officer Josh Abshire, Officer Mark Perkins, Mayor Dile.



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DPD reveals its new cruiser graphics.  



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Mayor Robert L. Dile appointed Daniel J. Weckesser as the Department's new Chief of Police January 04, 2016

 “I’m excited. Hopefully, I will do what needs to be done,” Chief Weckesser said. “I will do the best I can for the community and try to make the place safer for everybody who lives here.”Daniel J. Weckesser was born in Orrville, Ohio then lived in Minnesota for 10 years before his family moved to the Danville area. The 1983 graduate of Danville High School started his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary officer for the Danville Police Department in 2003. In 2006, he was hired as a part-time officer. Chief Weckesser became a fulltime officer in 2009, getting promoted to sergeant in 2011 and to lieutenant in 2014. Chief Weckesser is the Department's K9 officer, working with Lasko for the last six years. He is also an ALICE instructor and certified as a Crisis Intervention Technician. 


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L-R  Police Chief Daniel Weckesser, Officer Mark Perkins, Officer Josh Abshire, Sergeant Chad Lishness, Cpl Lisa Lyons, Officer Kevin Henthorn


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Sgt. Chad Lishness & TC




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Chief of Police Monte L. Vance  

Retired 10/31/2015

Chief Vance started his career in law enforcement as a Knox County Special Deputy in 1982 for the Knox County Sheriff's Department and was hired as patrol officer for Danville Police September 1984. Chief Vance rose to the rank of Police Sergeant and then Police Captain and was appointed Chief of Police in July 1999. Chief Vance will continue to be a commissioned officer with the department in our auxiliary division.  




A society free from crime and disorder remains an unachieved idea. Nevertheless, consistent with the values of the community in which we work, it is the primary objective of this department's role to enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, protect the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to have their possessions secure, and to live in peace. It is not the role of the department to legislate, render legal judgments, or to punish. The department serves the people of the community by performing their law enforcement functions in a professional manner, and it is to these people the Danville Police Department is ultimately responsible. In joining this department, officers are to make these responsibilities diligently, courteously and to take pride in the service they provide.

The department's dispatch number is 740-397-3333. 

The department's office number is 740-599-6888.

In case of EMERGENCY call 911.


Do you have information to pass on that may lead to solving a local crime or information on crimes being commited in your neighborhood that needs to come to the attention of the police department or have information of drug activity or any other type of illegal activity in your neighborhood, 

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On behalf of myself and the Danville Police Department, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support during this tragic time. Over the past few weeks, the display of support from not only local communities but nationwide has been overwhelming. Words cannot express how much it has meant to me and my fellow officers who serve this department. We have seen and felt the brotherhood of respect, caring and concern from all law enforcement agencies and first responders. Many sincere condolences have poured in from beyond our small village and your kind words and generosity are very much appreciated.The continued outreach of concern and support for Officer Cottrell’s family through personal giving, volunteering, and honoring him through social media and prayers, have left us without words to truly express our deepest gratitude.Thank you to all agencies involved that coordinated a truly impressive memorial service for Officer Cottrell. We are so grateful for all your assistance. Please continue to remember Officer Cottrell’s family in your hearts and prayers as the void now left in their lives is unimaginable. May God bless and comfort them in their loss. Many thanks to all.

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Danville Police encourages all Village residents to go to the web site listed below and sign up for Knox County Alerts. On this web site the Village of Danville has specific alerts that residents may sign up for from the Village. You may receive alerts via text messages, email or phone. You may sign up for the following specific Alerts related to Danville only:

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 Danville Police Calls

2015 Total Calls = 1,159

Assist Citizens - 30
Assist Units - 63
Assist Water/Sewer - 2
Arrest -2
Arrest by Warrant - 9
Auto Crashes - 15
Alleged Child Abuse - 6
Accidental Damage - 4
Assaults - 8
Burglary - 9
Burglary in Progress - 1
Breaking & Entering - 2
B & E Attempts - 4
Business Checks - 2
Business Alarms - 13
CIT Assist - 6
Criminal Paper Served - 1
Cruelty to Animals - 4
Contrib to Juv Drinking - 1
Contrib to Delinquency - 3
Child Abuse - 1
Curfew Violation - 3
Civil Paper Served - 4
Civil in Nature - 56
Criminal Mischief - 2
Confiscated Veh Plates - 1
Death Report - 2
Dog/Animal Calls - 44
Disturbances - 141
Disorderly Conduct - 1
Domestic Violence -5
Drunk - 3
Disabled Vehicle - 3
Drug Activity Info - 61
Drugs - 23
Drug Paraphernalia - 2
Drug Abuse - 1
Destroy Prescript. Drugs - 3
Drug Overdose - 1
Elderly Abuse - 1
Evidence Report - 1
Explosions – 1
Follow-ups - 6
Fights - 6
Fire - 4
Firearm Related - 2
Fireworks -6
Fraud - 13
Gas Drive Offs - 35
House Check Related - 25
Identity Theft - 5
Information - 61
Juvenile - 14
Juvenile Disorderly - 2
Juvenile Smoking - 3
Juvenile Unruly - 24
K-9 Details - 20
Lost or Missing Animal - 4
Lost & Found - 20
Menacing - 1
Missing Persons - 8
Missing Person Found - 2
Medical Alarms - 1
Other Alcohol Related - 1
Open Burning - 2
Other (non coded) - 1
Probation Violation - 3
Passing Bad Checks - 9
Prowlers - 8
Parking Complaints - 16
Phone Harassment - 13
Rape/Sex Crime - 1
Recover Stolen - 3
Residential Alarms - 2
Sex Offense (not rape) - 7
Sex Offender Violation - 3
Shots Fired - 1
Suicide Threats - 3
Suicide Attempts - 2
Suspicious Persons - 41
Suspicious Mail/Item - 1
Suspicious Vehicles - 30
Shoplifting - 3
Scams - 3
Transport Prisoners - 3
Thefts - 28
Thefts w/Vandalism - 1
Theft from Vehicles - 3
Traffic Complaints - 55
Trespassing - 6
Telecomm. Harassment - 3
Traffic Stop Related - 7
Trash - 9
Threats - 8
Underage Drinking - 4
Unauthorized Use - 1
Unsecured Building - 11
Unknown - 3
Veh. Immobilization - 1
Vandalism - 35
Vehicle Thefts - 1
Welfare Checks - 14
911 Calls - 6
2015 Criminal Charges
Total = 60
Disorderly Conduct - 8
Underage Smoking - 2
Attempted Rape - 1
Failure to Comply - 2
Thefts - 4
Assaults - 4
Underage Drinking - 6
Menacing - 2
Passing Bad Checks - 8
Curfew Violation - 2
Underage buying Beer - 1
Open Container in Veh - 2
Sex Register Violation - 2
Drug Paraphernalia - 1
Contributing to Minor - 2
Criminal Mischief - 1
Domestic Violence - 5
Unauthorized Use - 1
Possess Marijuana - 2
Forgery - 1
Misuse Credit Card - 1
Fraud of Identity- 1
Provide Place for Underage Drinking – 1
2015 Traffic Citations
Total = 65
Expired Plates - 7
Assured Clear Distance - 2
Fail to Reinstate OL - 1
No OL - 3
Speed - 14
Operate ATV on Road - 1
Squealing Tires - 1
Expired OL - 2
Driving Under Susp - 17
Stop Sign - 5
Left of Center - 1
Fail to Control - 3
Backing w/o Safety - 1
Improper Turn - 1
OVI - 1
Unauthorized Plates - 1
Red Light - 3
Fail to Use Signal - 1

Safety Tips

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Home Safety Hint

Keep your car key next to your bed while you sleep and should you hear a suspicious noise and suspect that someone is trying to break in, press the panic button on your car key and the car alarm will sound drawing attention which can cause the burglar to flee.