Category: Media Releases

Business Alert

Bowling Green Police Division requests that businesses be aware of possible tampering with cable, telephone and alarm lines. On 2/27/2014, a business in the City of Bowling Green had their cable cut in the evening hours. It is unknown if this incident was testing to see what response occurred or if it was just vandalism. Please be aware of your businesses exterior and report anything suspicious to the Bowling Green Police Division.

The 2013 Bowling Green Police Division Annual Report is Now Available

The 2013 Bowling Green Police Division Annual Report is now available here:

Reminder: BGPD Will Begin Towing Vehicles Marked for 24 Hour Parking at 10:30 AM Today.

If your vehicle has been parked on a city street for more than 24 hours and was marked by Parking Enforcement , your vehicle will be ticketed and towed today commencing at 10:30 AM. Please move your vehicle. This is being done in order to clear the larhge amounts of snow that remains on streets throughout the city. Yesterday BGPD Parking Enforcement marked over 100 vehicles for the 24 hour violation and it was clear that many had not moved in several days. This effort will begin in the numbered streets area of Ward #2 and will continue until all city streets have been cleared.

BG Police Remind Residents of 24 Hour Parking Rules

Residents are reminded that leaving a vehicle parked on a city street over 24 hours can make it subject to ticketing and tow.


   (A)   No person shall park a vehicle on any of the public streets or alleys in the city for a continuous time longer than 24 hours.
   (B)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
With the heavy snow fall throughout the city BG Police Parking units have noted nearly 100 vehicles parked on non- snow streets that have been stationary for over 24 hours. It was clear that many of these vehicles have not been moved since the last snow event over the past weekend. In order to facilitate the clearing of these streets those vehciles have been marked for 24 hour parking. Beginning tomorrow at 10:00 AM those vehicles marked will be ticketed and towed.  

BG Police Warn Businesses of Gift Card Scam

On 2-4-2014 the BG Police Division took a fraud report involving a local business. The business recieved a call from a person identifying themselves as Don Richardson from InComm. InComm is a business that processes gift and phone card transactions. “Don” asked that the clerk to activate a certain type of card for a system test. When the clerk stated they didn’t have that type of card “Don” said that his inventory list showed they should have 13 in stock. The clerk believed “Don” was legitimate because he acted as if he had an inventory listing. “Don” then had the clerk try 2 Verizon phone cards which she did have and she activated them. “Don” then hung up. The clerk called InComm suspecting that the call was a fraud and it was confirmed that it was.

Businesses should be wary of conducting business transactions over the phone without verifying name and call back information. If it is legiltimate then the person should have no problem with verification. Businesses should have procedures in place to limit opportunistic scammers and should train there employees in how to deal with suspiscious or out of the ordinary calls or customers.

Bowling Green Snow Emergency Canceled: 9 am on Wednesday, January 8

The snow emergency for the City of Bowling Green is canceled as of 9:00 am on Wednesday, January 8.

Crews continue to work throughout the City to remove snow.  Citizens can help this effort by moving parked cars from streets when possible.  This will allow for better clearing of the streets and improved safety. 


Swallow Your Pride – Call for a Ride

Safe Communities



Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

Bowling Green Police Department – Conference Room

175 W. Wooster St., Bowling Green OH 43402

On Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11:00 am, Wood County Safe Communities Coalition will hold a press event to announce the SWALLOW YOUR PRIDE, CALL FOR A RIDE program.

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, BGSU Police Department, BGSU Shuttle Services, AAA Northwest Ohio, and 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. Thanks to the efforts of Wright Tire and Automotive, Shipley Automotive, BG Towing and Frank’s Automotive, free transportation will be available from 6:00 pm on 12-31-2013 to 6:00 am on 1-1-2014. 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.


Lt. Jerrod Savidge, OSP Post 87


Bowling Green Police Warn of Shop With A Cop Scam

The Bowling Green Police Division recieved a report on 11/24/2013 of a telephone call recieved by a resident soliciting funds for “Shop with a Cop” The caller indicated he was John Miller of the BGPD. No such officer exists and the BGPD does not solicit funds by phone or for “Shop with a Cop.”  This scam has also been reported in other areas of Northwest Ohio. Citizens are reminded to never give out personal information to anyone they do not know and to be certain of the legitimacy of a charity before sending money.

Bowling Green Police Achieve 20 Years of Accreditation

The Bowling Green Police Division is proud to announce that the agency has been Re-Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. at its November 16th conference.  Chief Brad Conner and Lieutenant Brad Biller travelled toWinston-Salem,North Carolina for the commission hearing and subsequent presentation.  

This award marks the 20th year that the agency has been accredited, first attaining accredited status in 1993.  The agency was the first inNorthwest Ohio and one of the first in the state to become accredited.  

CALEA Accreditation represents the agency’s commitment towards professional excellence.  Participation in the accreditation process provides the agency with guidelines and best practices, to ensure that the agency operates with the highest of professional standards.  

During the Review Hearing, Commissioner Ray Johnson commended the agency for its longstanding commitment to the CALEA process.  The Commissioner also complimented the agency for its efforts earlier this year to attract and hire minority applicants, working towards a more diverse work force.  

The CALEA Accreditation award is for three years and the agency will be required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period.  The men and women of the Bowling Green Police Division are very proud of this accomplishment and thank the community for the support that it provides to the agency.

BG Police Arrest One After Incident at VFW

At 11:43 AM Bowling Green Police recieved a 911 call indicating that the callers daughter was inside the VFW with her estranged husband and that he was acting in a threatening manner and she believed he had a gun on his person. Units responded and secured the area around the VFW while businesses were closed and Kenwood Elementary was informed of the incident. The suspect, identified as Matthew A. Smith of Custar, Ohio was called out and surrendered without incident. A search of his person did not turn up a firearm.   The Wood County SRT Team was called in to search the premises and they also found nothing inside the building. Smith is charged with one count of Aggravated Menacing. Traffic was blocked until just after 1:00 PM. No injuries occurred and the incident remains under investigation.