Chief of Police


Daniel J. Weckesser


Letter From the Chief

The Danville Police Department experienced many changes during 2016. Upon the retirement of Chief Monte Vance, I was appointed Chief of Police January 04th, 2016. Then on January 17th, 2016 our Department was dramatically affected by the tragic shooting death of Officer Thomas Cottrell Jr.  Our small Department could have easily dissolved but through the support and prayers of everyone we continue to slowly recover. The Department has a strengthened commitment to provide the best police protection to our community. We are a dedicated force to all we serve and will continue to do our best to earn your respect and honor. This yearly report is to inform you of statistics and enlighten you as to notable changes in 2016. 

In 2016, K-9 Officer Lasko was officially retired after 10 plus years of service. K-9 Officer TC joined the Department with the certification of K-9 handler Sgt. Lishness. K-9 Officer Diesel was sworn to serve with myself as his handler. Officers Mark Perkins and Joshua Abshire joined the Department and with the certification of Officer Perkins, K-9 Officer Rezza joined as his partner. With the assistance of the Columbus Police Dept. Mounted Unit and the Ohio State University Mounted Unit, Corporal Lisa Lyons helped to form our first Mounted Police Unit which consists of Corporal Lyons, Officer Kevin Henthorn and the two horses “Casino” and “Levi”. The Mounted Patrol will be used for parades, special events, and community outreach. Additionally we intend to initiate a Mounted Search and Rescue Team. 

We purchased a new police cruiser equipped with fresh graphics that are now displayed on all three cruisers. Our Department replaced the outdated computers and the phone system in our office. The new phone system allows the public to make direct contact with an officer or leave a message to any officer as needed. In addition, we managed to update and replace our uniforms.  All units received additional training and/or “specialized” training which enhances the officer(s) with additional skills and knowledge in the performance of their duties.

Looking forward to 2017 and beyond, I would like to assure the Community that the Danville Police Department will continue to provide the best service possible. We work for you, the people. We will strive to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, the laws of the State of Ohio and the Village of Danville. We will not be influenced by anything, anyone, any agencies or organizations who attempt to hinder the performance of our duties as your Police Department. We plan to continue educating and equipping the department in order to provide the best possible service to our community. Continued dialogue with our citizens will help to educate and inform each one of you to the many dangers and types of crime that could possibly affect our community.

It is our goal to establish a program that will allow officers more one- on- one time with our youth in the schools and in our churches. This program will be created in the memory of our fallen brother, Officer Cottrell.  

Danville is not immune to the impact of illegal drug use.  Many people in our community have been affected in some way by the increased drug abuse issues. In 2017, a top priority of our Police Department will be combating the illegal drugs infiltrating our community. Many additional crimes can be alleviated with the eradication of the illegal drugs. We will continue to build community relations by educating the public on protecting themselves and their property from criminal acts.

Our police department’s office is extremely small, which creates many issues. We are investigating different options for expanding our departmental offices. The goal is to remodel or possibly build a new structure in the future.  



Danville Police Department  


Front L-R 

Cpl. Kevin Henthorn - Sgt. Lisa Lyons - Ofc. Josh Abshire 

Rear L-R  Lt. Mark Perkins - Chief Daniel Weckesser - Sgt. Chad Lishness (no longer w/dept) 



K-9 Teams


Chief of Police Daniel Weckesser & Diesel


Perkins Reza

Lieutenant Mark Perkins & Rezza


Ofc. John Cox TC

Officer John Cox & TC

Officer John Cox and T.C. were certified in narcotic detection and patrol on 11/2/2017. A special thanks to Mansfield Police Department Police Chief Kenneth Coontz and Sergeant Sarah Mosier for training and certifying John and TC. 

TC is a great dog and I’m am very happy that TC is back on the street serving our great citizens.

Chief Daniel J. Weckesser Unit-371



Horse Patrol Team

Lisa Kevin

Corporal Kevin Henthorn & Levi - Sergeant Lisa Lyons & Casino



In Memory of Officer Thomas Cottrell


Officer Cottrell was shot and killed while on duty late Sunday evening January 17, 2016. We salute our fallen brother.

On behalf of myself and the Danville Police Department, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support during this tragic time. Over the past few weeks, the display of support from not only local communities but nationwide has been overwhelming. Words cannot express how much it has meant to me and my fellow officers who serve this department. We have seen and felt the brotherhood of respect, caring and concern from all law enforcement agencies and first responders. Many sincere condolences have poured in from beyond our small village and your kind words and generosity are very much appreciated.The continued outreach of concern and support for Officer Cottrell’s family through personal giving, volunteering, and honoring him through social media and prayers, have left us without words to truly express our deepest gratitude.Thank you to all agencies involved that coordinated a truly impressive memorial service for Officer Cottrell. We are so grateful for all your assistance. Please continue to remember Officer Cottrell’s family in your hearts and prayers as the void now left in their lives is unimaginable. May God bless and comfort them in their loss. Many thanks to all. 

Police Chief Daniel Weckesser 

Sergeant Chad Lishness 

Corporal Lisa Lyons 

Officer Kevin Henthorn 

Officer Rusty Dreher 

Chief Monte Vance (retired)



AG Award

October 12, 2017 at the Ohio Attorney General's Law Enforcement Conference Sgt. Lisa Lyons and Cpl. Kevin Henthorne accepted on the behalf of the Danville Police Department a Memorial Plaque from Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine which was given on the behalf of the State of Ohio and Ohio's Law Enforcement honoring the memory of our fallen comrade Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Unit-373  



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Chief Dan Weckesser and Patrolman Matt Jones (MVPD) at Washington DC Memorial Week May 15, 2017 honoring our fallen brothers and sisters in blue. Chief Dan representing Danville PD in honor of Officer Tom Cottrell. EOW: January 17, 2016





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Memorial Wall at OPOTA

Ohio Fallen Officers' Memorial Wall at the Ohio Police Officers' Training Academy London, Ohio - May 04, 2017



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Tuesday February 21, 2017 a plaque honoring Officer's Thomas Cottrell's service to the Danville Community was mounted on the outside wall of the Police Station near where the End of Watch came for our brother. A blue light illuminates the plaque.



Cottrell Memorial Hwy



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On Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 Central Ohio Technical College ‘COTC’ dedicated a permanent memorial on the Newark campus to honor alumni and current students of the Institute for Public Services and Safety who are killed in the line of duty. Danville Police Department’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. is the first name permanently added to that memorial. Officer Cottrell was a graduate of COTC.



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Thank you to the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District for presenting to our Department this stone in memory of our fallen brother, Thomas Cottrell.



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Memorial sign erected at entrance on Route 62 at both ends of the Village



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Pictured L-R  Officer Mark Perkins, Tanya Rayburn, Officer Josh Abshire & Sgt. Chad Lishness

LONDON — Thursday’s ceremony to honor Ohio peace officers who died in the line of duty in 2015 held a close focus on three officers, but the village of Danville and the family of Thomas Cottrell were woven into the fabric of the ceremony.

The ceremony opened as family members walked through the memorial, past the eternal flame. This included Tanya Rayburn, Cottrell’s life partner, and his daughters, Courtney, Brooklyn and Alycia. His mother, Melissa Osborn, was also in attendance.

Cottrell will be recognized in the 2017 ceremony when his name will be revealed on the memorial wall.

The Danville Police Department, represented by Sgt. Chad Lishness and officers Josh Abshire and Mark Perkins, participated in a motorcade that traveled from the Fraternal Order of Police offices in downtown Columbus to the training academy in London prior to the ceremony.

Read more: Ceremony impact felt locally — Mount Vernon News – Mount Vernon, Ohio



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Danville Police Department was honored to attend the 2016 Law Enforcement Memorial service held May 18, 2016 in Millersburg, Ohio. Officer Tom Cottrell was among the local area fallen officers and K9 Officers that were remembered and honored. Many thanks to Holmes County Sheriff's Office and the Millersburg Police Department for all your support. We appreciate all our fellow police officers, EMS, and firefighters past, present and future.




On August 27th and September 24th 2016, volleyball teams of Centerburg hosted tri-matches involving Varsity, Jr. Varsity and Middle School volleyball teams from Newark, Granville, Big Walnut and Danville Schools. The Centerburg teams hosted this event for the purpose of raising money thuough sales of 'Back the Blue' t-shirts and the money earned from the t-shirt sales will be donated to the Centerburg Deputies and the Danville Police Department. Representing the Danville Police Department and holding a photo of fallen officer Thomas Cottrell is Officer Kevin Henthorne and Cpl. Lisa Lyons.



May 11 2016

On May, 10, 2016, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office recognized four officers for their actions that resulted in the capture of Herschel Jones III on January 18, 2016. Officers were investigating the shooting death of Danville Police Officer Thomas Cottrell. Jones fled a residence on East Washington Street in Danville and after a foot chase, was arrested a short distance away near the football field. Sheriff David Shaffer presented the Office Citation award to Deputies Kevin Durbin, Lee Eppich, Brandon Minot, and Danville Chief Dan Weckesser (left). The award is for outstanding performance of a difficult task, involving personal risk to the officer’s safety and because of their actions the perpetrator was apprehended.



  The Danville Youth Baseball Association celebrated opening day Saturday April 30th 2016 with a trubute to our fallen brother.

Officer Perkins Chief Weckesser Officer Lyons

Thank you to all who came out and endured the rain and cold. It was a very nice tribute to Officer Thomas Cottrell. We are blessed with the community support everyone shows for DPD. Officer Mark Perkins and Tanya caught the opening pitch. Chief Weckesser showed his batting form along with Officer Lyons.



money donation

[Left to Right] Juskie DeVore, Brittany Coon, Kristin Miller, Steve Oster, Chief of Police Daniel Weckesser, Sargent Chad Lishness, K9 Officer T.C., Corporal Lisa Lyons, David Stumbo. 

Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities presented a $5,100 check to the Danville Police Department in support of the K9 division. The donation is a result of the "Imagine the Possibilities 5K/1 Mile fundraising walk/run hosted this past August 2016.



danville k9 Diesel

K-9 'Diesel' was officially sworn in as DPD's newest officer on Aug. 01st. 2016. Diesel is a 2 1/2 yr old Belgian Malanois and is certified in narcotic detection, tracking persons and criminal apprehension. Diesel's handler is Chief of Police Daniel J. Weckesser. Both are State of Ohio K-9 certified.   

Chief Weckesser and his staff want to thank all the businesses and individuals of Danville, Knox County and outside Knox County who gave contributions in making it possible to purchase Diesel and pay for the required training to be State of Ohio certified.



2016 Memorial Day parade

2016 Memorial Day Parade



k 9 donation

Cpl. Lisa Lyons holding check received from Troop 2760 to help purchase new K-9. A big thank you to Troop 2760 for your donation of $1,500!



Oath of Office 

Mayor Robert L. Dile administers Oath of Office to two of DPD newest officers on Feb 12, 2016. Left to right: Officer Josh Abshire, Officer Mark Perkins, Mayor Dile.



DPD Cruiser

October 2016 DPD reveals its new cruiser graphics.  



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Mayor Robert L. Dile appointed Daniel J. Weckesser as the Department's new Chief of Police January 04, 2016

 “I’m excited. Hopefully, I will do what needs to be done,” Chief Weckesser said. “I will do the best I can for the community and try to make the place safer for everybody who lives here.”Daniel J. Weckesser was born in Orrville, Ohio then lived in Minnesota for 10 years before his family moved to the Danville area. The 1983 graduate of Danville High School started his career in law enforcement as an auxiliary officer for the Danville Police Department in 2003. In 2006, he was hired as a part-time officer. Chief Weckesser became a fulltime officer in 2009, getting promoted to sergeant in 2011 and to lieutenant in 2014. Chief Weckesser is the Department's K9 officer, working with Lasko for the last six years. He is also an ALICE instructor and certified as a Crisis Intervention Technician. 


 Retired Officers 

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Chief of Police Monte L. Vance  

Retired 10/31/2015

Chief Vance started his career in law enforcement as a Knox County Special Deputy in 1982 for the Knox County Sheriff's Department and was hired as patrol officer for Danville Police September 1984. Chief Vance rose to the rank of Police Sergeant and then Police Captain and was appointed Chief of Police in July 1999. Chief Vance will continue to be a commissioned officer with the department in our auxiliary division.  



Our Prayer 

 When we start our tour of service, God wherever crime may be, as we patrol these streets alone; may we be close to thee. Please give us understanding with both young and old, let us listen with attention; until their story is told. Let us never make a judgment in an inconsiderate or callous way, please help us hold our patience; let each one have their say. Lord, if some dark and dreary night one of us must give our life, Lord, with Your everlasting love; protect the loved ones in our life. Amen. 




The Mission of the Danville Police Department is to protect lives and property, safeguard our citizens rights and liberties, deter and reduce crime and increase safety by providing quality public service and professional and responsibly aggressive law enforcement services in partnership with our community. Danville Police Department is going to be a highly aggressive pro-active police department.
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The department's dispatch number is 740-397-3333. 

The department's office number is 740-599-6888.

In case of EMERGENCY call 911.



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We have a new school zone flashing light just in time for the new school year! Let's keep our kids safe, please observe the flashing lights and speed limit!


Sharing the Road w/School Buses

• If you're driving behind a bus, allow a greater following distance than if you are driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights starts flashing. It is illegal in all 50 states to pass a stopped school bus that has its stop sign extended and red lights flashing to load or unload children.

• The area 10 feet around the stopped bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow the children to have a safe space while entering or exiting the school bus. 


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True or False?

If you can see a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can see you?


If you can see a truck’s mirrors, the driver should be able to see you. But whether or not he or she does see you is another question. As a motorist, you should maneuver your vehicle into a position where a truck driver can clearly see it. Remember, the driver might not see your vehicle in certain locations.


Text Messaging

Text messaging while driving is prohibited (a secondary offense).  Temporary instruction permit holders under age 18 and probationary license holders are prohibited from using any type of wireless device while driving.


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'Move Over Law'

State law requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights, including road service vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest to if safe and possible to do so, or slow to a speed safe for road, weather, and traffic conditions.



Gun Safety Tips

• Make sure young people in your home are aware of and understand the safety guidelines concerning firearms. Remind them that if they find an unattended firearm in their home or a neighbor’s home, not to touch it, and tell an adult.

• Always unload, clean and place your firearms in their secure storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range.

• Educate everyone in your family about firearms safety. Visit the Project ChildSafe website for safety information and to find out where to get a free firearm safety kit in your area.

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