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Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy


The Copley, Barberton and Norton Police Departments are proud to present a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of your local Police Department. Our 10th Academy will begin March 23, 2017.

We have designed the Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy to accomplish several goals. The most important goal is to open channels of communication between the citizen's and their local Police Department. Additionally, we want to develop an understanding of the police role within the community. The objective of the Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better informed citizens with an accurate knowledge of law enforcements many responsibilities and functions.

The Southern Summit Citizens Police Academy is a twelve week program that will be held  each Thursday evening, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In each class session, instructors will provide guidance and information concerning a particular area of law enforcement. Attendees will have an opportunity to experience how the police department functions in the community with some hands-on training.

Requirements for participants include:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have no criminal history other than minor traffic violations (background checks will be performed).
  • Be physically able to participate in active class trainings.
  • Commit to attend 12 weekly 3-hour training sessions.
  • Sign any required waivers or agreement.

You can pick up an application at the Copley Police Department Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Applications are also available online at  If you have any questions or would like an application mailed to you, please contact Officer Tom Ballinger at the Copley Police Department, 330-666-4218 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click below for the SSCPA application form.

SSCPA Application 2017



Copley Township Community Perspective Survey


Dear Copley Resident,

We appreciate your time and consideration in completing this survey.  The survey needs to be completed by December 31, 2016.

Your answers to the survey questions will help the Copley Township Board of Trustees evaluate the community improvement perspectives of our residents and provide public input for their consideration as to whether to create a Copley Community Improvement Corporation.

A Copley Community Improvement Corporation would serve as a community and economic development organization to actively develop and implement certain portions of the Township's Long Term Growth, Quality of Life, and Preservation Strategies.

This survey will be used to gather your responses, and will be kept anonymous and confidential.  A cumulative anonymous report will be made available to the Trustees, by our Consultants, who are assisting us in this process.


Janice Marshall
Township Administrator

Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Child Credit Freeze Law

Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Child Credit Freeze Law

(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is reminding Ohioans of the state’s new child credit freeze law, which takes effect today. 

“This law gives Ohio families a new way to protect their children from identity theft,” Attorney General DeWine said. “It allows parents to ‘freeze’ their child’s credit record, which makes it harder for an imposter to open unauthorized accounts in the child’s name. We encourage parents and guardians to consider taking advantage of this new protection for their children.”

Under the new law, a parent or guardian can ask the credit reporting agencies to create and freeze a credit record in the child’s name The freeze restricts the credit reporting agencies from releasing information about the child, making it more difficult for an imposter to use the child’s personal information to be approved for credit, loans, or services in the child’s name. 

To place a child security freeze, a parent should contact each of the credit reporting agencies. (The major three agencies are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.) The parent must provide proof of authority to act on behalf of the child, such as a birth certificate, and proof of identity for both the child and the adult. The cost to place or to lift a security freeze may be up to $5 each per agency. For victims of identity theft, the fee may be waived. Once in place, the freeze will remain in effect unless it is lifted by the parent or by the child after reaching the age of 16.

In addition to the protections for children, the new law also applies to protected consumers over the age of 16 for whom a guardian or conservator has been appointed. 

The legislation was sponsored by Representative Ron Maag, who worked with Attorney General DeWine’s Identity Theft Unit in its development.

Attorney General DeWine created the Identity Theft Unit in 2012 to help victims recover from the effects of identity theft, such as credit reporting errors and fraudulently opened accounts. Since its creation, the Identity Theft Unit has received thousands of complaints and has helped victims clear over $1 million in fraudulent debt.

Victims of identity theft should contact the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at 800-282-0515 or for assistance. 

HEAP Home Energy Assistance Program

HEAP is a Home Energy Assistance Program federally funded and designed to help eligible Ohioans meet the cost of home heating this winter.  For more information and an application, please visit the website at or call toll free 1-800-282-0880.  You can also pick up an application at Copley Townhall, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

Click here to see eligibility guidelines.


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