Perryburg Township deputy chief settles in PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:08
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Perrysburg Township Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore (middle) speaking with officers Jeff Slusher (left) and Matt Gazarek before the two officers begin their shift on the road. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
LIME CITY - After a month on the job, Perrysburg Township's first deputy police chief is enjoying his new assignment and excited for the future of the department.
"I love it up here," said Michael Gilmore. "This is a perfect match for me. Some fabulous officers, great boss. I consider myself a pretty lucky guy to be here."
A Toledo native and 29-year police veteran, Gilmore began his Northwest Ohio law enforcement career as a patrol officer with the Toledo Police Department in 1986, and later served on the department's SWAT team. He became a sergeant on the TPD force in 1997 and joined the Perrysburg Police Division as their deputy chief in 2010. He came to Perrysburg Township as its deputy chief as of July 1. The position was created this year.
So far, Gilmore said he hasn't noticed a great deal of differences between the two departments in terms of the kind of calls and offenses they see. Through June, Township police responded to nearly 7,600 calls this year.
"The police work can be the same, same type of police work," he said. "We have the highway, where we do a lot of activity, but it's the same type of calls, the same kind of things come in, it's very similar. So I'm not seeing any extremes one way or another."
One difference: the size of Perrysburg Township's jurisdiction. While the city of Perrysburg encompasses just over nine square miles, Perrysburg Township Police Officers cover a whopping 55 square miles.
"That was one of the things that most surprised me when (Chief Mark Hetrick) and I took a tour of just the perimeter. Oh my goodness, this is a large area."
The department has a total of 34 employees, including 15 patrol officers. The 18-member Northwest Regional SWAT Team is also coordinated by an officer in the department.
Gilmore is looking forward to using his expertise to help further the department's aims.
"My goal has always been to try to be the 'level-up' officer, to try to get better," he said.
"We (Gilmore and Hetrick) want to take it to the next level. That will be done through training, developing different kinds of training, and just the way we approach things, approach problems," Gilmore said.
"When you first start as a police officer, you have this thought that you want to do good, and you want to help people, which is kind of like a cliche," he said. "But in a lot of ways it's very true. And that drive hasn't changed. My focus has changed, where as a young officer and throughout the years you have all these various assignments, and you're really in the midst of fighting crime and now I'm more into helping, guiding and teaching, and using some of my experiences, both good and bad, to help our officers who are out there on the line.
"I've always looked at police work as, it's the line that is there where you're trying to help people, even people who make mistakes, you're trying to help them come back to doing the right thing," he continued.
"So, I guess I haven't lost the drive yet."
 

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