It is the mission of the Waynesville Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve,
to reduce the incidence and fear of crime, and to enhance public safety while working with the diverse communities
to improve their quality of life. Our mandate is to do so with honor and integrity, while at all times
conducting ourselves with the highest ethical standards to maintain public confidence.
- Call 911 for emergencies
- Call 513-695-2525 for non emergency dispatch calls
- Call 513-897-8010 for questions
The Waynesville Police Department affirmatively promotes, preserves, and delivers a feeling of security, safety, and quality service to members of our community.
Visit the police website at www.waynesvillepolice.com for further information.
Director of Public Safety – Gary Copeland - formerly from Northern Ohio, has been in law enforcement for over 30 years following a four-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Copeland served overseas during his military tenure, where he was also a member of the Marine Corps karate team. Mr. Copeland’s education consists of a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University and a Bachelor’s in Management with a minor in Criminology from Indiana Wesleyan University, graduation from both with honors. He has also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Certified Law Enforcement Executive Training and the Police Executive Leadership College in Columbus, Ohio both sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation in cooperation with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Copeland is a member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates. Mr. Copeland is married with a daughter and two sons, one who served in the Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Mr. Copeland’s hobbies consist of weight training, martial arts and playing guitar. He enjoys working with the residents of the Village in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in Waynesville.
Lieutenant Daniel Bledsoe - Lt. Bledsoe graduated from Sinclair Police Academy. Shortly after graduation, he was commissioned with the Waynesville Police Department in February 2011. Lt. Bledsoe received a commendation on October 1st, 2012 for conducting a traffic stop which brought several cases to a successful conclusion of a multiple jurisdiction copper theft. He is also a graduate of the Supervisor Training & Education Program through OACP. Lt. Bledsoe was also awarded Officer of the Year for 2012.
Sergeant John Denlinger - Sgt. Denlinger graduated from the Greene County Criminal Justice Academy in 2008 and joined the Waynesville Police Department later that year. Sgt. Denlinger is the Firearms Instructor and Evidence Technician for the department. He is also a graduate of the First Line Supervisor training through OACP. He enjoys spending time with his family and collecting and shooting his firearms in his spare time. Sgt. Denglinger is married and currently has one daughter. He was awarded Officer of the Year for 2009.