Category: Media Releases

Traffic Advisory

The Bowling Green Police Division is currently assisting the Bowling Green Fire Division in downtown Bowling Green on a building fire.  Citizens are urged to avoid the area as travel in the downtown area will be difficult.  An update to the traffic conditions will be posted when further information is available.


Update (9:30 AM) All traffic on Main Street in Bowling Green is open.  East Court Street will be closed temporarily until the Fire Division completes their investigation.

Swallow Your Pride, Call for a Ride

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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, 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 12-31-2015 to 4:00 am on 1-1-2016. Rides will be available from local establishments in Bowling Green to persons who reside within 10 miles of Bowling Green. Also available is Tipsy Tow sponsored by AAA Northwest Ohio. This program will provide a tow for your vehicle and a ride to your residence, also within 10 miles of the tow.

Sandy Wiechman Wood County Safe Communities Coalition Coordinator
(c) 419-277-3245

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Suspicious Male Reported in the Area of 1082 Fairview Avenue

On 12/22/2015 at approximately 4:08pm, officers took a report from a 13-year-old female who advised of a suspicious male in the area of 1082 Fairview Avenue in Bowling Green.  The juvenile indicated that the male was driving an older white mini-van with tinted windows.  The male stuck his hand out of the partially rolled down window and asked her if she wanted any candy.  The juvenile described the male’s hand as being of a slightly darker complexion, similar to a Hispanic male.  The juvenile did not respond to the male and left the area.  The juvenile advised her mother of the incident and they reported it to the police division

If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact the Bowling Green Police Division 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077.

Bowling Green Police Division’s K9 Arci to Get Body Armor

Bowling Green Police Division’s K9 Arci will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Arci’s vest is sponsored by ProHealth of Perrysburg, OH and will be embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Falko, A gift from ProHealth”.  Falko was a Toledo Police Department K-9 who was killed in the line of duty this year.  K9 Arci’s protective vest is expected to be delivered within eight to ten weeks.

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Bowling Green Police Division–K9 Arci

The North American Police Work Dog Association accredited the Bowling Green Police Division’s K9 Team, Sgt. Finger and Arci, on August 4, 2015.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,600 protective vests, in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.5 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.




The Bowling Green Police Division Suggests Steps to Protect Your Property During The Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, the Bowling Green Police Division suggests BG citizens and BGSU students keep a few thoughts in mind in order to protect your property from thieves.

  • Verify all doors and windows are locked (to include the internal door leading from the garage into the house—do not rely on the automatic garage door opener for security).
  • If possible, doors should have a deadbolt lock and a reinforced strike plate.
  • Secure pet doors or flaps.
  • Secure all sliding-glass doors with an additional wooden dowel or metal rod placed in the track.
  • Close curtains and/or blinds.
  • Use timers on internal lights, TV’s and/or radios.
  • Use motion sensors on external lights.
  • Have someone bring your refuse containers in if left out on the day you leave.
  • Stop your mail and/or newspaper service or have someone pick them up so they do not accumulate.
  • Trim shrubbery near entrances to your residence that provide concealment for burglars.
  • Do not post on social media the dates and times you will be away from your residence.

Furthermore, the Bowling Green Police Division offers community services such as a “vacation check” in which officers perform periodic checks on your residence while you are away and notify you if a problem exists.  For more information, or to schedule this service, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131 to speak with a dispatcher.

The Bowling Green Police Division Arrest Male for Corrupting Another with Drugs

On December 14, 2015 at approximately 1030hrs, the Bowling Green Police Division arrested Michael Minns II of West Palm Beach, FL for corrupting another with drugs.  Minns is 21 years old.

The incident occurred on November 22, 2015 when Minns surreptitiously placed a controlled substance into the victim’s beverage while at a downtown Bowling Green restaurant.  With the cooperation from the business, video was obtained showing Minns placing the substance into the victim’s beverage.

The incident remains under investigation.

Bowling Green Police Offer Tips for a Safe Holiday Shopping Season

The holiday season accounts for the highest shopping period during the year.  More shoppers are out enjoying their gift buying experience; however, this also attributes to more opportunities for thieves to take advantage of others.  Therefore, BGPD would like to provide shoppers with some tips on how to protect their new gifts and valuables.

  • Lock your vehicle–to include when taking your cart to the cart stall after placing your items in your vehicle.
  • Place valuables in the trunk or out of sight in your vehicle
  • Do not leave your purse unattended in the shopping cart
  • Report persons that seem to be loitering in the parking lot or walking up and down the aisles
  • Be cognizant of your surroundings
  • Avoid talking on cell phones while walking to and from your vehicle
  • Online purchases and deliveries
    • Avoid having packages delivered to an empty house—alternatives could be having it delivered to a trusted neighbor or your workplace or if not possible, ask to have the package placed in a less visible place than at the front door.
    • Another option is to have the package held at the post office or delivery service to be picked up.

As always, if you notice anything suspicious or have a report to file, please contact BGPD at 419-352-1131.

Happy Holidays!









The Bowling Green Police Division Arrest Fifth Third Bank Robbery Suspect

On December 8, 2015, the Bowling Green Police Division arrested Awais Jehangir of Macomb, MI for the attempted robbery at Fifth Third Bank located at 275 S. Main St.  Jehangir is 19 years of age.

The incident occurred on November 18th when the suspect entered the bank and produced a note demanding money from a teller. He was not provided any money and left the bank. Bowling Green investigators received assistance from Michigan State Police forensic services in conjunction with the Toledo FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. The Sheriff Enforcement Team from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department was also instrumental in the arrest of the suspect. The identification and apprehension of the suspect would not have been possible without this inter-agency cooperation.

The incident remains under investigation.


BGPD Seeking Assistance in Identification of Theft Suspect

The Bowling Green Police Division is seeking information to identify the male subject in these photographs.  The male subject is a suspect in a credit card theft and fraud in Bowling  Green.  If you have any information, please contact BGPD or Detective Andy Mulinix at 419-352-1131 or Wood County Crime Stoppers 419-352-0077.  You may be eligible for a reward if the information provided leads to the conviction of the suspect.



BGPD to host Field Training Officer Training


DeWolf and Associates




FTO PROGRAM: The Field Training and Evaluating Program is an extension of the law enforcement selection process. It combines pre-field training with objective evaluations to ensure that the standards of a competent law enforcement officer are met. This is a 40 – hour course designed for experienced uniform patrol officers and corrections officers to learn the “new job/task” of becoming a Field Training Officer – FTO. The program will emphasize the FTO’s role in teaching, training, coaching and evaluating the recruit officer as they “earn” the right to wear your department’s uniform. Each student will receive a Field Training and Evaluation manual for this course.

⇒ Field Training Personnel Selection
⇒ Utilizing the Standard Evaluation Guidelines
⇒ Field Training Officer Conduct/Responsibilities
⇒ How the FTO Creates a Learning Environment
⇒ Remedial Training and the Problem Recruit
⇒ The Purpose of Documentation
⇒ Program Administration
⇒ Field Training Program Operation
⇒ Performance Evaluations
⇒ Legal Issues for the FTO


INSTRUCTOR: DeWolf and Associates: F/Lt. Patrick McGreevy retired in 2011 after serving 29 years with the Michigan State Police. F/Lt. McGreevy began his association with the FTO program in 1994 when he became an FTO. In 1996, he became an FTO school instructor and upon his assignment to East Lansing Headquarters in 1997, he became the Department’s FTO Coordinator. F/Lt. McGreevy oversaw the field training programs of several hundred probationary troopers in addition to coordinating and instructing numerous FTO schools for the Department. In his 17 year association with the FTO program, F/Lt. McGreevy trained and mentored three subsequent State Police FTO Coordinators in addition to instructing at all State Police FTO schools since 1996.


DATE: February 29 – March 4, 2016
TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
COST: $ 695.
LOCATION: Bowling Green Police Division
175 W. Wooster St.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

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DeWolf and Associates
P. O. Box 793
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303 (248) 828 – 8055