LIMA — Sgt. Tony Swygart, a 27-year veteran of the Lima Police Department, is now the public safety supervisor at the Ohio State University-Lima campus.
“Ohio State takes the responsibility of safety and security seriously and strongly believes that the best model to support safety and security on each campus is to maintain a full-time, certified peace officer who is able to activate the resources of the Ohio State University Police Division and the university Department of Public Safety at a moment's notice,” Chief Paul Denton, of the Ohio State University Police Division in Columbus, said in a press release.
Swygart will coordinate with the Rhodes State College-managed security team already operating on campus, making the Lima campus consistent with other law enforcement operations on other Ohio State regional campuses.
Swygart previously served as a corrections officer, sergeant, lieutenant and major with the Lima Police Department, his last assignment being to command the department's administrative services division. He is a lifelong resident of Lima.
The Ohio State University Police Division refused requests to interview Swygart before the open house, when representatives from Columbus will be present.
According to the Ohio State University Police, having a certified peace officer operate on campus has been shown to provide a high level of public safety for faculty, staff and students.
“National standards and best practices are to have a comprehensive, all-hazards approach to safety, which is greatly enhanced by having a certified peace officer who is connected with a larger police force to assist with these efforts,” Denton said.