Category: Media Releases

Bowling Green Police Division Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 29th at BGPD

[Bowling Green, Ohio] – On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Bowling Green Police Division and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the 1st floor lobby of the Bowling Green Police Division at 175 W. Wooster Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or

Safety Tips for Answering Your Door

The Bowling Green Police Division would like to remind residents of a few safety reminders for answering your door.

  • Think before you answer the door.  Are you expecting anyone?  If so do they have an appropriately marked vehicle?
  • Use the peephole on your door to see who in knocking on your door.
  • Ask for proper identification from repair or utility workers.  Do not be afraid to ask.  If they are legitimate they will not mind.  If you need to verify the identification of the repair person take a photo of them so you can confirm their identity to others.
  • If you need to confirm the identity of a visitor call their office to check on them.  Do not call a number they supply to you.  Look up the phone number in the phone book or search for the number on the internet.
  • If you can not verify the identity of the visitor, reschedule the appointment for a later date.
  • Do not dismiss your gut feeling that something is not right.
  • Educate your family to keep them and your belongings safe.
  • If you do not feel comfortable opening the door at all, then don’t.  Ask them to leave through your door.
  • If a visitor refuses to leave after being asked to or becomes argumentative close your door and do not allow them inside.  Call 911 for police assistance.

Bowling Green Police Request Public Assistance in Breaking and Entering Investigation

The Bowling Green Police Division is investigating a Breaking and Entering, which took place on 3/6/2017 at Northwest Tire, 520 E. Poe Rd. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  The suspect stole money.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood Co. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54 CRIME. You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.


Bowling Green Police Request Public Assistance in Burglary Investigation

On 3/5/2017, Bowling Green Police Division took a burglary report in the 400 block of S. Grove St. Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.  There were several tools stolen during the burglary to include: Black and Decker electric hedge trimmer (orange), Black and Decker battery powered leaf blower (orange), Black and Decker battery pack with charger, and extension cord (orange).

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this investigation should contact the Bowling Green Police Division at 419-352-1131 or Wood Co. Crime Stoppers at 1-800-54 CRIME. You may remain anonymous and if information results in the arrest and conviction of a suspect, you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.

Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride

Swallow Your Pride

Call for a Ride

St. Patrick’s Day

6 PM – 2 AM

March 17, 2017

If you find yourself unable to drive this St. Patrick’s Day, Call 419-823-7765 and get a free ride home anywhere in Bowling Green.

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The Bowling Green Police Division will be providing Liquor Establish Employee Training (LEET) on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. The training will run from 5:00-7:00 PM and will focus on civil liability, Ohio and Bowling Green liquor laws and fake ID recognition. Employees and management staff of local businesses (bars and retail outlets) that sell alcoholic beverages are encouraged to attend. This training will take place at the Bowling Green Police Division’s Training Room at 175 W. Wooster St. Please contact Detective Andy Mulinix at (419) 352-1131 or to register for this event or for answers to questions related to this event. Pre-registration is not required. The session is free and certificates will be presented to attendees.




Notice of Examination for Entry-Level Police Officer

The Bowling Green Civil Service Commission will administer a written examination for Police Officer on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Candidates must complete an application that is available The application materials are available by clicking here.  Application materials are also available through the City’s Personnel Department, City Administrative Services Building, 304 N. Church St., BG, OH 43402. Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., M – F. Telephone: (419) 354-6200; Fax: 419-352-1262; E-mail: Résumés may be included, but will not substitute for a completed City application. Specific information about the examination process will be provided upon application. Applications will be accepted through March 10, 2017. A copy of the job description is available by clicking here.

An Associate Degree or the completion of at least 96 quarter hours or 64 semester hours toward a Bachelor’s Degree is required. Proof of education is required at the time of application. The post-secondary education must be obtained from an accredited college or university. (Hours must be eligible for transfer to Bowling Green State University.)

In accordance with Section 124.41 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) no person shall be eligible to receive an original appointment as a police officer, unless the person has reached the age of twenty-one (21) and has not yet reached the age of thirty-five (35). (The age restriction is permitted by the Public Safety Exemption to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (29 U.S. Code 623 (j)).

Credit for military service will be awarded in accordance with Section 124.23 of the ORC. A copy of Section 124.23 will be provided to candidates. No credit will be given if proof of eligible military credit is submitted after the candidate’s application has been submitted to the City.

New employees must serve a one-year probationary period. Starting salary is $24.15 per hour. AA/EEO

For further information please contact the City of Bowling Green’s Personnel Department.

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WHEN: Thursday, December 29, 2016, 2:00 pm
WHERE: Thayer Family Dealership, Chevrolet Showroom
1225 N. Main St., Bowling Green Ohio
On Thursday, December 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm, Wood County Safe Communities Coalition will hold a press event to announce the SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, CALL FOR A RIDE program for New Year’s Eve 2017.  SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, CALL FOR A RIDE is a collaborative effort of the Wood County Safe Communities Coalition, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Bowling Green Police Department, Bowling Green State University Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, Person Centered Services Inc., and many other partners who desire to provide safe alternative transportation to the residents of Wood County to lower the number of alcohol involved arrests, crashes and fatal crashes in our area. Free transportation will be available from
11:00 pm on 12-31-2016 to 4:00 am on 1-1-2017. Rides will be available from local establishments in Bowling Green to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green.

For More Information:
• Lt. William Bowers, Ohio State Highway Patrol: 419-352-2481
• Sandy Wiechman, Safe Communities Coordinator: 419-372-9353 or


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BG Police Warn Businesses of Billing Scam

The Bowling Green Police has been made aware of a billing scam involving several phone calls to a local business in which the caller stated they were with Toledo Edison. The caller claimed that the business risked a shut down of service if payment was not immediately received. The business was not a Toledo Edison customer and recognized the calls as a scam .

The numbers and names associated with the scam are as follows:


1-800-677-4032, extension 202

The City of Bowling Green Utilities Department does not rely exclusively on phone calls to warn of past due accounts and utilizes a more formal process of notification.

If your business receives a similar call do not provide them with any information. If you have a question about your business account call the Bowling Green Utilities Office at 419-354-6258.