Area briefs

Peace officer training to begin

PIQUA — The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy at Edison State Community College is now accepting applications for the 23-week program that will prepare students for a career in law enforcement.

Students of the program will meet for six days each week beginning in January and, upon successful completion, will graduate from the program in June. The curriculum of the program is certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) and covers all aspects of law enforcement training including administration, firearms, subject control, and investigation.

Completed applications must be received by Friday, Dec. 6. Physical assessment tests may be completed from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 12 or 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 25, with the academy running from Jan. 6 to June 13, 2020.

For more information or to apply, contact Veronica French at or call 778-7865.

Drug take back

PIQUA — On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Piqua Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the parking lot behind the Piqua Municipal Government Complex at 201 West Water Street. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 469 tons (more than 937,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 17 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in more than 11.8 million pounds—approximately 5,900 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Oct. 26th Take Back Day event, go to

Safe sitter course set

PIQUA — Students in grade 6-8 can sign up to become a “Safe Sitter” with a three-session class beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5. Other class times in this session will be held Nov. 12 and 19. All class sessions are from 4-6 p.m.

“This program is more than babysitting, but a youth developmental program focusing on safety and life skills,” said Jenny Stewart, YWCA volunteer. “Students will participate in small group interactive learning, role-play games and practice rescue skills with manikins,” she added.

Upon completion of this six-hour course, students will be a registered safe sitter. “YWCA volunteers have completed extensive training to be able to teach this program,” Stewart said. “We feel that the youth taking the Safe Sitter classes will be better prepared to both babysit and take care of emergency situations at home and in other places too.”

Students must attend all three classes in order to be certified. YWCA membership is not required. Fee for the class is $35. Class size is limited so sign up early.

For more information on class fees or to register, stop at the YWCA at 418 N. Wayne St. or call 773-6626.

Pep rally to close quadrant

TROY — The northwestern quadrant of the Troy Public Square will be closed from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 for the community pep rally held prior to the Troy-Piqua football game.

The Troy vs. Piqua community pep rally will begin at 8:30 p.m. at Prouty Plaza.