Danville Police Department


















MONTE VANCE UNIT-379 (Chief of Police retd.)


K-9 Units


Chief of Police Daniel Weckesser & Diesel 


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Officer Tyler Gilbert & Vigo


Horse Patrol Team

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Corporal Kevin Henthorn & Levi - Sergeant Lisa Lyons & Casino 


School Resource Officer

  SRO Rich Miller June   2021

Captain Rich Miller



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Meet two of our newest members. Officer Andrew Smith (left) and Officer Kevin Holley (right)


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Officer Andrew Smith and Officer Kevin Holley were sworn in by Mayor Joesph Mazzari on Nov. 07, 2022


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Chief Weckesser welcomed our newest members Officer Andrew Smith and Officer Kevin Holley to the department on Nov. 07, 2022


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Officer Hunter Derrick 

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Officer Hunter Derrick being sworn in by Mayor Mazzari on Sept. 23, 2022

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Chief Weckesser welcomed Officer Hunter Derrick to the department on Sept. 23, 2022


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Dec. 6, 2021, L-R Tyler Gilbert, Sarah Varner & Zachery Uhler were sworn in as new police officers for the Department


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Alycia Cottrell, daughter of our late brother, Officer Thomas Cottrell chose to have her senior pictures taken with DPD in honor of her father. Lt Perkins and Alycia's sister Brooke assisted with the photoshoot. November 2019

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2019 Memorial Day Parade. A beautiful day for a parade in honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Thank you Alec Johnson for volunteering to carry our nation's flag alongside Sgt. Lisa Lyons. 




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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 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.


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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 the 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 local — Mount Vernon News – Mount Vernon, Ohio http://mountvernonnews.com/story/2016/05/06/ceremony-impact-felt-locally/#ixzz47ujKbLBA


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Danville Police Department was honored to attend the 2016 Law Enforcement Memorial service held on 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 through 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 tribute 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.




 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 a patrol officer for Danville Police in 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 as a retired police chief with the department in our auxiliary division giving assistance to the department. Some of his duties will be to proof our daily police reports and compile police-call activity reports for news releases, work on grants, generates our monthly and yearly police reports, and he is our Village Web Page coordinator.   


Our Prayer 

 When we start our tour of service, God wherever the crime, as we patrol these streets alone; may we be close to thee. Please give us an understanding along with both the young and the 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 citizen's 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.
Chief Daniel John Weckesser Unit-371

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 committed 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) danvchief@danvilleohio.org 

All tips and or information will be considered confidential.


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