LAFAYETTE TWP. — Township trustees have added a new position that is aimed at furthering safety services in the rural community.
Kim Detchon, 61, said as information specialist her role is to provide a variety of safety programs and assistance to residents.
“We are going to have meetings with the public where I do safety talks about identity theft, scams and things like that,” the Montville Township resident said Friday.
Detchon, 61, said she is seeking input from the community on what safety-themed programs they would like to have come to the Lafayette community.
Trustee Lynda Bowers said Detchon was brought on in January to fill the part-time position, and the ideas are already flowing.
“She has got all of these files and all of these programs,” Bowers said Friday. “We are wading through them and she is just running with it.”
One program Detchon would like to see happen is a neighborhood watch.
“Our neighborhood watch program is something I wanted to start with the community because it was brought to my attention that with the new development in Lafayette, the quick growth, we need to set up some neighborhood watches so people can be involved,” Detchon said.
One aspect of the program supplied by the Ohio Crime Prevention Association is a vehicle identification sheet that can be used if a resident notices a suspicious vehicle lurking around his or her home.
Homeowners can record a vehicle’s license plate number and other information that can be forwarded to the Medina Police Department, which provides police services under contract for the township.
The township has also discussed reviving the Vial of Life program.
According to vialoflife.com, the free program allows individuals to record important medical information such as medications and health history on a piece of paper. The paper is then stored in a plastic bag and affixed to a refrigerator with a Vial of Life decal. A decal informing first responders of program participation is affixed to a resident’s front door.
“It has fallen to the wayside, and we have an aging population that takes medicine, has high blood pressure, so we want people to be more updated and to have this available for our EMTs,” Detchon said.
“It gives (first responders) a better assessment, quicker,” she added.
Detchon said she is also looking into the Safety Town program, and determining how to best bring that to Lafayette residents next year.
Safety Town teaches safety skills to children and is often held the year before kindergarten.
The township could start its own Safety Town program, or join forces with one already occurring in the area, she said.
While the role is a township position, Detchon said she will be working in partnership with Medina police, as well as fire and EMS services.
Detchon said she was previously retired with a background in law enforcement before being offered the township position last January.
“I was the crime prevention officer for the sheriff’s department for five years for Medina County and I did a lot of these programs and I enjoyed this,” she said. “This is something that I love and the trustees came to me and said we have something you love and we know it.”
Trustee Mike Costello said Monday that Detchon will be paid $1,500 a month and work 15-20 hours per week.