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Police Programs

Domestic Violence Unit

The Domestic Violence Unit (DVU) partners with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Willow Domestic Violence Center and the Franklin County Attorney’s Office. The Domestic Violence Unit was started in 2005 with a two-year grant awarded by the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Call 911 if you are immediate danger of abuse, have already been battered, or have experienced any crime that is connected to a current or former intimate partner, or current household member. For more information about our services, please contact the police department at 242-2561 and speak with Detective Steve Burkhart. Willow (link their website) can be reached at 242-6300 (local) or 1-800-77-3030 (24-hour hotline) and on the Internet at

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)

The D.A.R.E. program, taught by two Ottawa police officers, is attended by area 5th graders. Participating elementary schools include: Lincoln, Eugene Field and Garfield, and Sacred Heart Catholic School. 

D.A.R.E. teaches students to recognize and resist the many direct and subtle pressures that influence them to experiment with alcohol, tobacco, illegal and prescription narcotics. In addition, the program encourages students to resolve disagreements peacefully without resorting to violence. Students graduating from D.A.R.E. are invited to attend the D.A.R.E. Camp the summer following their completion of 5th grade.

D.A.R.E. Camp


D.A.R.E. Camp rewards 5th graders who graduate from D.A.R.E. It is also an opportunity for members of the Ottawa Police Department to interact with students in a positive environment. Several officers, their families, schoolteachers, and volunteers from the community attend this three-day camp each August. This award-winning summer D.A.R.E. camp is considered to be one of the premier camps in the country. 

McGruffRegistration: Fifth grade students receive an application at school prior to the conclusion of the academic school year. Attendance at the camp is FREE to participants. After the application is completed and returned by parents to the police department a confirmation letter is mailed along with additional forms, which must be completed before the camp begins. Finally, an information packet will be mailed to parents with details about the camp and a list of items children should bring.


Canoeing, air rifle and archery marksmanship, arts and crafts, team-building games and swimming. The favorite activity each year is always “fire hose soccer.” 

Because the camp is free to qualifying students it must be financed entirely by donations from civic organizations, businesses, corporations and individuals. If you would like to donate resources or funding for this worthwhile cause, please visit or call Chief Butler at 785-242-2561 x400. The Ottawa Police Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductable.

Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS)

We need you and have opportunities waiting! 

Volunteers are a vital part of the Ottawa Police Department Family! Serving side-by-side with the officers and paid staff, the men and women of VIPs actively give back to the Ottawa community, enjoy personally fulfilling experiences and perform vital functions in the department.

VIPs work in the municipal court, police administrative office, other temporary assignments, and various community events. They perform services such as receptionist, data entry, fingerprinting job applicants, and other administrative duties.

Community Service Programs for VIPs include: McGruff The Crime Dog, DARE Camp, Citizens Watch, conducting surveys for various City agencies, roadway surveys, traffic safety monitoring, and more.

Members of VIPS donate 1200 - 2500 hours per year.

If you or someone you know has extra time they would like to devote as a member of VIPS, please contact Ron Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator, at (785) 242-2561 xXX or by e-mail at

We perform background checks on VIP applicants before adding them to a program. 

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