(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—A section within the Cincinnati Police Department and a recently retired Cincinnati-area police chief both received awards today at the 2011 Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference. The Central Vice Control Section of the Cincinnati Police Department received a Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award. Chief Albert P. Schaefer of the Mount Healthy Police Department received the Mark Losey Distinguished Law Enforcement Service Award.
“While we honor all the sacrifices law enforcement makes every single day to help protect Ohio families, these awards recognize individual officers and task forces who bravely serve the citizens of Ohio and have provided distinguished service to their communities and departments,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
The Central Vice Control Section of the Cincinnati Police Department received a Distinguished Law Enforcement Valor Award in relation to a September 18, 2010, incident involving a motorcycle gang at a local bar. Uniformed and undercover officers responded to J.D.’s Honky Tonk in the Camp Washington neighborhood to investigate a possible takeover by the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Gang. As they approached the establishment’s beer garden, the “enforcer” of the gang pulled a pistol from his jacket and opened fire on the officers, who returned shots. In the exchange, one officer was shot in the lower back. Another officer, after being shot in the thigh, engaged the suspect with a second volley of gunfire. The “enforcer” died in the shootout. Other than the officers, both of whom have returned to duty, no one else was injured.
Chief Albert P. Schaefer of the Mount Healthy Police Department received the Mark Losey Distinguished Law Enforcement Service Award, having recently retired after 39 years with the Department. The City of Mount Healthy has Chief Schaefer to thank for many programs and services, including the DARE and School Resource Officer programs, a wellness program, and K-9 and Bike Patrol programs. An advocate of community-oriented policing, he also initiated a Community Block Watch Program and other crime-prevention efforts and was a member of the National Child Safety Council.
A complete list of all award winners is available online at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/NewsReleases
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