of Honor: Jeremy Blank
August 14, 2018 timesleader Local, News 1
officers live by the creed to ‘Protect and to Serve.’
Newport Township Police
Chief Jeremy Blank takes it to heart.
For the past five years, the Glen Lyon
native has served as the chief of police in Newport Township. However, he wasn’t
always a member of law enforcement.
“I actually started as an EMS rescuer before
becoming a police officer,” Blank said. “Being near a scanner, helping people
and interacting with police made me want to make the career shift.”
appointed chief of police by the township’s Board of Commissioners on Jan. 1,
2013, after serving the municipality as a part-time officer.
Being the chief
of police, Blank has to make sure he keeps everyone happy.
“The hardest part
of my job is keeping everyone happy,” Blank said. “But I have great officers,
residents and commissioners that make my job worth doing.”
According to statistics
shown on www.niche.com, under the leadership of Blank violent crimes and property
crimes are below national averages.
The nine-year law enforcement veteran personifies
what it’s like to be in the ‘people business.’ When Blank is not working, he spends
his free time volunteering with local organizations and youth sports.
I do is for the community,” Blank mentioned.
Two of the organizations Blank
is involved with include the Sons of the American Legion and the Newport Township
“I’m actually the secretary of the Lions Club,” Blank said. “It’s
a nonprofit organization that helps raise funds for children and elderly residents
of Newport Township. We host bingo parties and help with medical bills.”
chief was caught off guard when he found out that he was nominated to be honored
in the Times Leader’s Badge of Honor special section.
“I don’t look for the
glory,” Blank said. “I do it because it’s my job. But I was humbled when I got
The Newport Township Police
Department does not handle civil issues. Such as:
- Child Custody (If custody order is
not in place)
- Utility Issues (Electric, Gas, Water,
Cable, Phone, Heat)
Winter Weather Conditions Contribute
to a Majority of Motor Vehicle Accidents. To prevent
accidents, injuries and damage to property please abide
by these suggestions:
1. Slow down and allow for extra driving time, don't
rush to get to your destination.
2. Give yourself good distance from the vehicle in front
of you in case you need to stop quickly.
3. Use snow tires and be sure your brake pads are in
good condition. A vehicle with bald tires is useless
in the snow. While 4 wheel drive and all wheel drive
vehicles may have better traction in the snow, they
have the same difficulty stopping in bad weather.
4. Call 911 immediately if you see a vehicle that has
traveled off the roadway and may need assistance.
Thefts During the
Most thefts occur in large retail
outlets but not always. While we save our money to
buy gifts for the holidays, criminals steal from our
cars, houses and porches. Follow these tips to keep
your gifts safe this holiday season:
1. Do not leave gifts in your car overnight. Remove
them as soon as you return home from the store. If
you must leave gifts in your car, cover them with
a blanket or sheet.
2. When shopping on the internet, be sure the site
is protected and legitimate. If a package is delivered
by UPS, FEDEX, etc., bring it in quickly. If possible,
have it delivered to work where someone can sign for
3. Be discreet when paying for purchases. Do not pull
out a large amount of cash. When entering your PIN
on a debit card, be sure no one is looking over your
shoulder. Do not put your signature on your credit
cards, instead sign "request identification".
Township Police Dept.