Danville Police Department  


Front L-R  Officer Kevin Henthorn - Cpl. Lisa Lyons - Officer Josh Abshire

Rear L-R  Officer Mark Perkins - Chief Daniel Weckesser - Sgt. Chad Lishness 



K-9 Teams


Chief of Police Daniel Weckesser & Diesel



Sgt. Chad Lishness & TC


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Officer Mark Perkins & Rezza



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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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[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.



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Officer TC is now equiped with an armor vest thanks to the Ohio's Chapter of Vesting America's Police K-9's. 




On August 27th and September 24th, 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.



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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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Officer Mark Perkins, Chief Daniel Weckesser & Sgt. Chad Lishness after recent marijuana eradication. 



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K-9 'Diesel' was officially sworn in as DPD's newest officer on Aug. 01st. 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.



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Mayor Robert Dile administering the oath of office to the Department's new K-9, Officer T.C. along with T.C's handler, Sgt. Chad Lishness.



2016 Memorial Day parade

2016 Memorial Day Parade



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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.



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.



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Sgt. Chad Lishness & TC

Sgt. Lishness and K-9 TC graduated recently from Police K-9 Storm Dog Tactical School and they are ready to hit the streets. Congratulations to Sgt. Lishness and TC! The name TC was chosen in memory of Officer Thomas Cottrell who was shot and killed while on duty earlier this year in January.




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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 http://mountvernonnews.com/story/2016/05/06/ceremony-impact-felt-locally/#ixzz47ujKbLBA




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)



The Danville Youth Baseball Association celebrated opening day Saturday April 30th 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.



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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. Left to right: Officer Josh Abshire, Officer Mark Perkins, Mayor Dile.



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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.





A society free from crime and disorder remains an unachieved idea. Nevertheless, consistent with the values of the community in which we work, it is the primary objective of this department's role to enforce the law in a fair and impartial manner, protect the rights of all persons within its jurisdiction to be free from criminal attack, to have their possessions secure, and to live in peace. It is not the role of the department to legislate, render legal judgments, or to punish. The department serves the people of the community by performing their law enforcement functions in a professional manner, and it is to these people the Danville Police Department is ultimately responsible. In joining this department, officers are to make these responsibilities diligently, courteously and to take pride in the service they provide.

The department's dispatch number is 740-397-3333. 

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

In case of EMERGENCY call 911.


Do you have information to pass on that may lead to solving a local crime or information on crimes being commited in your neighborhood that needs to come to the attention of the police department or have information of drug activity or any other type of illegal activity in your neighborhood, 

You can either call or email Police Chief Daniel J. Weckesser (email) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All tips and or information will considered as confidential.



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Police News

Officer Perkins Ressa 

Newest member of Danville Police Department's K-9 team is Officer Rezza. Officer Mark Perkins will be Rezza's handler. 

Police Alerts

Danville Police encourages all Village residents to go to the web site listed below and sign up for Knox County Alerts. On this web site the Village of Danville has specific alerts that residents may sign up for from the Village. You may receive alerts via text messages, email or phone. You may sign up for the following specific Alerts related to Danville only:

Boil Advisories

Water Shut Off Alerts

Street Closures

Parking Ban

Crime Alert

Police Dept. Alert

Community Event Info

There are other various Knox County Alerts that you may also choose to receive listed on the sign-up sheet.   

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Police Bulletin Board

Danville Police Calls

January 2017

Total Calls = 197


Nature of Call

Assist Citizens – 4

Assist Motorist – 1

Assist LE Units – 16

Assist Maintenance – 1

Alcohol Related – 1

Auto Crash (no injury) – 2

Auto Crash (w/injury) – 1

Background Checks – 2

Burglary Attempt – 1

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Business Alarms – 2

Business Checks – 1

Civil in Nature – 4

DOA Reports – 1

Dog/Animal Calls – 5

Disabled Vehicles – 1

Disturbances – 11

Domestic Disturbances – 1

Drug Activity Info – 2

Drug Paraphernalia -1

Follow-up – 11

Facebook – Harassment – 1

Gas Drive-offs – 1

Grand Jury Indictments – 7

House Check Request/Made – 4

Information (other) – 9

K-9 Details – 10

Lost & Found – 2

Phone Harassment – 5

Probation Violation – 1

Released Property – 2

Sex Offense (other than rape) – 2

Sex Register Violation – 1

Suicide Attempt – 2

Suicide Threat – 1

Suspicious Person – 7

Suspicious Vehicle – 4

Theft – 2

Theft from Elderly – 1

Threats – 1

Traffic Related Issues - 38

Traffic Citations – 9

Transport Prisoner – 1

Trash – 2

Trespassing – 2

Unruly Juvenile – 2

Unsecured Building – 1

Vandalism – 5

Wants & Warrants – 1

Warrant Served Arrest Made – 1

Welfare Checks – 2


Traffic Citations – 9

DUS – 3

Expired OL – 1

Expired Plates – 2

Speed – 3


Criminal Charges – 10

Drug Paraphernalia – 1

Contributing to Minor – 2

Unauthorized Use – 3

Unlawful Sexual Conduct W/minor - 1

Receiving Stolen Property – 3


 Monthly Comparison

December 2016

Police Calls = 162

Traffic Citations = 8

Criminal Charges = 10


2016 Totals All

Police Calls = 1,230

Traffic Citations = 72

Criminal Charges = 49

Safety Tips

Motorists’ Quiz

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.


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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.


School is Open! Drivers Beware!

20 mph

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Upon meeting or overtaking any bus stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children or people with disabilities, all drivers must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus and may not proceed until such bus resumes motion or the driver is signaled to proceed by the school bus driver.

If driving on a 4-lane roadway, the driver need not stop if on the other roadway.


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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.