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Ashland County Bomb Squad

The Bomb Squad is staffed by four members of the Sheriff's Office. The Unit is on call 24/7, not only for Ashland County,
but surrounding counties and other agencies as well. The Unit handles an average of 30 calls per year. These calls include
responding to Bomb Threats, Improvised Explosive devices, Improvised Incendiary devices, military ordinance, commercial
explosives and hazardous chemicals that are explosive in nature. In addition the Unit provides training for law enforcement and
fire agencies as well as hospitals, schools and private businesses.

The Bomb Squad is responsible for and responds to all calls in Ashland, Erie, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Richland and Wayne counties
as well as any other calls that may come their way.

Training for bomb technicians is lengthy and ongoing. Schooling is provided by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms, Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy and other state and federal agencies.
Team members train frequently to insure a safe and rapid response to any situation.

In 2005 the team participated in 48 hrs. of joint training with the FBI and other bomb teams. In 2008 the team participated in over
200 hours of training in house and with other area bomb teams. The nature of our work gives us no second chance.

The Teams Motto: "Initial Success or Total Failure" reminds us that preservation of life and safety of team remains foremost.


Bomb Squad Statistics

Total Calls By Year



Ashland County Dive Team

The Dive Team takes on the responsibilities of searching for drowned persons and recovering items and evidence underwater.
The Dive Team is comprised of Male and Female Law Enforcement Officers and is presently eight members strong.
All those officers are trained to the level of Dive Rescue Specialist 1, with four of those members being trained as Dive Rescue Specialist 2.
The Dive Team also has one unit trained as an Underwater Crime Scene Investigator as well as a Scuba Instructor.
The Dive Team has equipment ranging from normal dive great to full face masks and dry suits.

Over the last several years the Sheriff's Office Dive Team has recovered stolen guns, vehicles and other items as well as drowning victims.
The Sheriff's Office Dive Team takes great pride in their abilities and accomplishments, as their work is very dangerous.
The Dive Team operates with little or no knowledge of what is under the water. Information provided by witnesses is often sketchy or distorted.
The Dive Team usually experiences very poor visibility in most of the bodies of water in the county. This can make items very difficult to locate.

The dive and rescue team is under the direct command of the Chief Diver, Detective Lt. Scott Smart.

Ashland County K-9 Unit

The K-9 unit was established in 1994. Presently the unit is comprised of 4 teams:

, Deputy Mike Freelon and K9 Oz, Deputy Curtis Hall and K9 Dani, Deputy Matt Neff and K9 Luka,
Deputy Shaun Taylor and K-9 Kimber, Deputy Rick Kinter and K9 Marko

The K-9 teams work on the roads in Ashland County. Additionaly K-9s are used to assist in the Correction Division of the Sheriff's Office.
They are often called upon to assist other Law Enforcement Agencies with in the county. The team puts on demonstrations for
schools and groups. They also participate in the opening day festivities at the Ashland County Fair.

If any group or organization is interested in having the team put on a demonstration, please contact the Sheriff's Office.

 The K-9 program is funded strictly through donations. No tax payer funds have been used since 1994.

If you would like to donate to the Ashland County Sheriff's Canine fund,Call Sgt. Freelon at the Sheriff's Office at 419-289-3911.

Checks may be made payable to ''Ashland County Sheriff's Office Canine Division.

Ashland County D.A.R.E. Program

Deputy Angie Hamilton serves as a School Resources Officer and D.A.R.E. Program Instructor.

Deputy Angie Hamilton joined the Sheriff's Office in May of 1997. During her career, she has worked in Communications,
Road Patrol and Administration. She was assigned duties as the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer in 2002.
She became an SRO (School Resource Officer)in 2007. She has taught the D.A.R.E. program in Mapleton, Hillsdale, Loudonville,
and Black River Local School Districts. Beginning in Dec 2011 Deputy Hamilton became the SRO and DARE Officer for Black
River Schools. Deputy Hamilton is a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, The Christ Community Evangelical
Free Church, The Ashland County Republican Women's Club, Ashland Chapter of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine.
Her hobbies include being with family, horseback riding, shopping, sewing and scrapbooking.

Deputy Brian Martin serves as a School Resources Officer and D.A.R.E. Program Instructor.

Deputy Brian Martin joined the Ashland County Sheriff's Office in January of 2001. During his career, he has worked in the
Corrections and Enforcement Divisions. He was assigned to the Hillsdale Local School District as the SRO (School Resource
Officer) in June of 2018. He recently graduated school to become a certified D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
instructor in June of 2018. He has also completed the A.L.I.C.E (Active Shooter) training as an instructor. He is currently
the assistant C.E.R.T. (Corrections Emergency Response Team) Commander. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church in
Perrysville Ohio. He is married to his wife Kelly Newcomer-Martin. His hobbies are watching his daughters' sporting events,
hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Deputy Shaun Taylor serves as a School Resources Officer and D.A.R.E. Program Instructor.

Deputy Shaun Taylor joined the Ashland County Sheriff's Office in November of 2016. He was a K-9 Handler for
Huron County and is now partnered with K9 Kimber for Ashland County. During his career in Ashland, he has been assigned
to the Corrections Division. He was assigned duties as an SRO (School Resources Officer) in 2017 and also D.A.R.E.
(Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer in 2018. He will be teaching D.A.R.E. to Mapleton Students in Kindergarten
through High School. Deputy Taylor is a member of the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association, Life member of the Ashland VFW,
Gibson Masonic Lodge #301, and Widows Son's Masonic Riders Association, and a Little league baseball coach for
Lefty Grove Baseball. He is married to Shawna Taylor and together they have 7 kids.
His hobbies include working on cars, coaching sports, and riding his motorcycles.

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Ashland County Sheriff's Office
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805
Non-Emergency Phone: (419) 289-3911

Jail Phone: (419) 281-9009

Fax Number: (419) 281-2060