PD Personnel

Todd A. Shafer
Chief of Police
Serving Since 1996

Lee M. Martinez
Assitant Chief
Serving Since 1991

Todd W. Fry
Lieutenant
Serving Since 1995

Scott M. Campbell
Lieutenant
Serving Since 1998

Steve J. Waldron
Sergeant
Serving Since 1998

David J. Richards
Sergeant
Serving Since 1998

George P. Moser
Sergeant
Serving Since 1999

Drew W. Waltmire
Sergeant
Serving Since 2005

John G. Williamson III
Patrolman
Serving Since 1992

Matt Skiver
Patrolman
Serving Since 2000

James M. Wellman
Patrolman
Serving Since 2000

Steve J. Delaney
Patrolman
Serving Since 2001

Alex P. Naton
Patrolman
Serving Since 2002

Mitch M. McClure
Patrolman
Serving Since 2006

Ben Williams
Patrolman
Serving Since 2006

Francis J. Herbert
Patrolman
Serving Since 2012

Mark A. Janowiecki
Patrolman
Serving Since 2012

Timothy S. Monhollen
Patrolman
Serving Since 2012

Rashuan B. Amey
Patrolman
Serving Since 2012

Eric S. Nicely
Patrolman
Serving Since 2013

Michelle R. Manley
Patrolman
Serving Since 2014

Adam D. Kunz
Patrolman
Serving Since 2014

Garrett S.  Roth
Patrolman
Serving Since 2014

Kevin  J.  Benbow
Patrolman
Serving Since 2014

Jordan J.  Vetomskie
Patrolman
Serving Since 2015

Levi  E.  Pauli
Patrolman
Serving Since 2015

Spencer R. Hastedt
Patrolman
Serving Since 2015

Myrko
K9
Serving Since 2017

Lisa E. LaGorin
Administrative Secretary

Cindy J. Wiles
Clerk

Brittany N. Almanza
Clerk

Defiance Police Department Bike Patrol

The Defiance Police Department Bike Patrol was instituted on May 30th, 2001. The bike patrol is utilized as an alternative means of transportation that officers can use for regular patrol, targeted enforcement, and community events.

The utilization of the police bicycle unit is a cost effective means of transportation creates greater personal interaction between the officer and the community while in the performance of their duties. An officer on a bike is often more approachable than an officer in a patrol car. Bike officers are a great way to build stronger police and community relations.

The police bike also allows officers to have access to areas that patrol cars are not as accessible to such as the city reservoir, city parks, large public events, and parades. During the annual Fourth of July Fireworks, Halloween Parade bike officer have are used as rapid response units that can negotiate large pedestrian crowds and increase response time greatly if an emergency would occur.

Bike patrol officers are required to complete an approved Police Bicycle Officer training course before being assigned to the Defiance Police Department Bike Unit.Defiance Police Department K-9 Program

The current Defiance Police Department K9 program started in 1995. At this time the department incorporated its first full time K9 unit. Currently the Defiance Police K9 unit consists of a full time K9 handler and a department K9. The department uses trained and certified police utility dogs that are trained in; drug interdiction, tracking, building searches, article searches, criminal apprehension, and handler protection.

The Defiance Police K9 Unit has been a great asset to the City of Defiance and has accounted for numerous criminal apprehensions, drug seizures, and mutual aid requests from other jurisdictions.

  • Ptl. Garrett Roth is the current K9 handler
  • Myrko is the current police K9 and is half Belgian Malinois and half German shepherd from Poland

The department K9 handler and K9 attend an intensive 14 week training and certification program.

Previous serving Defiance Police K9’s include:

  • Eagle: 1999-2002 Handler: Officer Steve Gebhart
  • Zeus: 2002-2009 Handler: Officer Steve Waldron
  • Rex: 2009-2017 Handler: Officer Mitch McClure

Defiance Police Department School Resource Officer

The Defiance Police Department takes the safety and welfare of our children and our schools very seriously. Our commitment to ensuring the safety of our students and schools has facilitated the position of a full time School Resource Officer (SRO). Officers that are assigned to the Defiance Police Department SRO program are trained and certified as School Resource Officers. The role of the School Resource Officer is to foster a safe learning environment for students and staff while fostering an environment of trust, respect, understanding, and mutual benefit for all students, staff, and the families of the schools located in the City of Defiance.

Ptl. John Williamson is the current School Resource Officer. Ptl. Williamson has served on the Defiance Police Department since 1992. Ptl. Williamson was assigned as the SRO in December of 2016.Police Auxiliary

The Defiance Police Department has a group of individuals who work toward making Defiance a better community. This group is the reserve officers of the Defiance Police Department. Some but not all have received the required training by the State of Ohio to be sworn police officers having full police powers. We encourage all our reserve officers to receive the training but it is not a requirement to join and belong to our reserve unit.

The reserves are authorized fifteen (15) members. These officers are often seen at local sporting events, parades and special activities. The reserves supplement the full time officers at fire scenes; major crime scenes during storms help in searching for the missing and patrol duties.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Defiance Police Auxiliary please contact  Chief Todd Shafer at 419-784-5050 or any member of the Defiance Police Department or Auxiliary Unit.Department Chaplain

David Brobston from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church here in Defiance, Ohio serves as our Police Chaplain. The Police Chaplain provides additional support to the public and the police officers in times of crisis.

Pastor Brobston is an asset to the Defiance Police Department and its officers, providing support when our officers are dealing with victims of crime, death notifications, visiting police officers and their families when they are ill and offering prayers at special services.Back to Police Page

Personnel Applications/Forms

Defiance PD Auxiliary ApplicationMulti Area Narcotics Unit

The Defiance Police Department is a founding member of the Multi Area Narcotics Unit (MAN Unit). The MAN Unit is comprised of officers representing the Defiance Police Department, the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office, The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, the Napoleon Police Department, The Williams County Sheriff’s Office, The Bryan Police Department, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the Archbold Police Department, the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office, and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. The MAN Unit takes an active role in combating illegal substances throughout Northwest Ohio.

The primary goal of the Multi-Area Narcotics (MAN) Unit is to eliminate narcotics traffickers and other major criminal activity operating within the jurisdictions of the task force. This is accomplished through investigations, enforcement of the drug laws of the State of Ohio, the development of citizen support as well as multi-jurisdictional collaboration. Officers of the MAN Unit are committed in securing an atmosphere of safety and strive for a drug-free community for the citizens of the jurisdictions covered by the MAN Unit.