Groveport Police look to future; also Light Ohio Blue caravan arrives

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Messenger photo by Marie Kujawski
More than 80 police cruisers from around the state participated in a Light Ohio Blue caravan and drove down Groveport’s Main Street the night of May 10 with recently retired Groveport Police Chief Ralph Portier serving as grand marshal. Portier was honored for his 40 plus years of public service as a county commissioner, paramedic, police officer in Pickerington and Groveport, and his dedication to instruct and educate officers across the state of Ohio. Groups of citizens lined Main and College streets in support of Portier and the police caravan. The caravan proceeded to Motts Military Museum and State Attorney General Dave Yost presented Portier with a Proclamation of Appreciation for his more than 40 years of service. The caravan was also part of National Police Week, held from May 9-15.

Changes continue at the Groveport Police Department following the retirement of Police Chief Ralph Portier.

Portier retired due to health reasons on April 28 and Sgt. Casey Adams became the city’s new police chief on April 28.

Photo courtesy of the city of Groveport
Groveport Police Sgt. Josh Short (right) was recently promoted to patrol lieutenant and he is shown here being sworn in to his new position by City Law Director Kevin Shannon as Groveport Police Capt. Kurt Blevins looks on.

Adams’ promotion, as well as Sgt. Brian Thompson’s recent retirement and the recent promotion of Sgt. Josh Short to patrol lieutenant, opened up sergeant positions in the department.

“We’ll be looking within the department to fill these positions,” said Mayor Lance Westcamp. ‘Which, in turn, will open up patrol officers positions. We’re going to move fast to fill the positions.”

Adams said the city’s police officers are excited by the potential for advancement.

“The officers are receptive and interested,” said Adams. “We will find out who our new leaders will be in the department. Lt. Short is a tremendous asset for us and he will help mentor our new leaders. We are always looking for ways to improve.”

Groveport City Council members praised the police department.

“It’s a crazy world out there,” said Councilman Scott Lockett. “We take a lot of pride in our police department and our residents are well served by our officers.”

Councilwoman Jean Ann Hilbert said the police officers are “the city’s ambassadors” and “they do a great job.”

Added Councilwoman Becky Hutson, “We have the finest police department.”

While changes are ongoing in the police department, the department and the city bid farewell to Portier with a reception in April. Also, more than 80 police cruisers from around the state, their lights flashing and sirens sounding, formed the Light Ohio Blue caravan and drove down Groveport’s Main Street the night of May 10 with Portier serving as grand marshal. Portier was honored for his 40 plus years of public service as a county commissioner, paramedic, police officer in Pickerington and Groveport, and his dedication to instruct and educate officers across the state of Ohio. Groups of citizens, waving American flags and police flags, lined Main and College streets in support of Portier and the police caravan. Blue ribbons were tied to street light poles and people turned on blue porch lights in support of National Police Week from May 9-15. The caravan proceeded to Motts Military Museum and State Attorney General Dave Yost presented Portier with a Proclamation of Appreciation for his more than 40 years of service.

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