Madison Township Police crack down on guns

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Messenger photo by Linda Dillman
Madison Township Police Commander Victor Boyd displays more than two dozen firearms confiscated by the department since the beginning of 2023. Boyd said all of the hard work by township officers helped save lives by getting the guns off of township streets.

A year-long accumulation of guns confiscated from drivers or passengers suspected of drug or alcohol use kept Madison Township Police officers on their toes and the community safe in 2023.

Most of the firearms were confiscated north of U.S. Route 33, in Blacklick Estates and other areas surrounding the township’s jurisdiction.

“This is a very high number of firearm- related incidents that our officers are dealing with on the streets today,” said Madison Township Police Commander Victor Boyd. “Due to our officers’ years of experience, training and diligence, they were able to remove these firearms from individuals that were intoxicated and operating motor vehicles on the streets of Madison Township.”

Officers stopped vehicles due to probable cause. It is illegal to have in one’s possession, whether on the body or transporting in a motor vehicle, a firearm while intoxicated.

According to Boyd, the first thing an officer is trained to do when a gun is observed during a traffic stop is to loudly instruct the driver and passenger to put their hands in a visible position, before alerting dispatch of the situation.

Other officers are notified about the situation and provide assistance. The driver and any passengers are then asked to step out of the vehicle and handcuffed and the vehicle is searched. The firearm is then secured by the officer and ownership is determined.

“The person will be told they are under arrest, Mirandized, and then transported back to our department for processing,” said Boyd. “Once all the paperwork is complete, then the suspect is transported to the Franklin County jail.”

After a gun is confiscated by Madison Township officers, it is checked to ensure it is not loaded, is safe to handle, and all information about the gun collected to determine if it is stolen. It is then photographed and placed in a secure property room until the court case is finished.

“After this process, it is up to the prosecution and judges to determine if the defendant is allowed to have the firearm returned to them or if the firearm will be destroyed,” said Boyd.

The operator or passengers in a vehicle can have a loaded firearm in a vehicle if they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs and follow gun laws established by the state.

A business owner can restrict employees from carrying a firearm while at work, but they cannot restrict an employee from having a firearm in their personal vehicle as long as they follow state laws.

Madison Township laws for carrying a firearm either openly or concealed are the same as the State of Ohio.

“The continual professionalism and efforts that our officers put forth each day to serve the citizens of Madison Township are very evident in the number of arrests and prosecutions that happen due to the officer’s efforts,” said Boyd. “I also think the positive atmosphere that has developed within our department in the last couple of years is largely due to the hiring practices that we have adopted. We have been very fortunate to find and hire those officers that are truly driven and motivated each day to go out and perform the work they were hired to do.”

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