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The Beavercreek Police Department is pleased to announce it was presented with an “Erin Ritchey Community Award” at the “Developmental Disabilities Hall of Fame and Erin Ritchey Awards Luncheon” held on April 27, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Banquet Center.
Committed to working in partnership with our community and enriching the quality of our citizens’ lives, the Beavercreek Police Department partnered in 2017 with The Voices of Greene County and Voices Matter Self-Advocacy teams to assist with Personal Safety training presentations for members of the community who receive services from the Greene County and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. The presentation is presented by the Self-Advocacy teams to their peers to provide valuable safety tips, as well as guidance on interacting with police officers. Sergeants Shawn Sumner and Phil Wesseler, Captain Chad Lindsey, and Detectives David Holley and Robert Lee attended several group meetings to offer support and suggestions for personal safety topics. Beavercreek Police Department is the first law enforcement agency in the Miami Valley to team up with the Greene and Montgomery County Boards of Developmental Disabilities to address issues of concern. The partnership has empowered the self-advocates to have a strong voice in their community. In appreciation, the group nominated the department for an “Erin Ritchey Memorial Award,” which recognizes groups or organizations who have contributed significantly to improving the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities.