In the wake of the recent and environmentally catastrophic train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, the Ashland Police Department (APD) would like to reassure and inform residents and business owners of our existing and ongoing efforts to prepare for any unforeseen hazard-related events.
APD creates and regularly updates plans and procedures for a coordinated response to hazard-related events, which include but are not limited to incidents involving trains, bomb threats, active shooters, and weather-related emergencies.
Working both as an individual agency as well as in cooperation with other public safety agencies and private industry stakeholders, APD officers undergo regular response training and comprehensive tabletop drills with public safety partners in Hanover County specifically addressing these issues.
Additionally, APD officers regularly receive training in the use of force, crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies, and CPR/First Aid/Narcan administration. APD does this not only because the agency's stringent law enforcement accreditation standards require it but also because it’s the right thing to do to ensure all officers are well-equipped to deliver the best service to the community possible at any event, large or small.
Any community member with specific questions or concerns regarding APD's emergency preparedness is encouraged to contact the agency at (804) 412-0615.