For Immediate Release: September 17, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792
LEADS Steering Committee honors longest serving member
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Law Enforcement Automated Data System (LEADS) Steering Committee honored Pickaway County Sheriff, Dwight E. Radcliff, today for his dedicated and steadfast commitment to the State of Ohio and to the LEADS Steering Committee for over 45 years. Sheriff Radcliff will be retiring as Sheriff at the end of this year, and this was his final Steering Committee hearing. He was presented with a plaque honoring his service and received well wishes from Committee members and attendees.
In the mid-1960’s, law enforcement administrators recognized the value of a computerized information system in identifying and apprehending criminals. They saw that computerized information systems could play a critical role in providing for the security and safety of the officer on the street. Sheriff Radcliff served as an original member of the LEADS Steering Committee which was formed in 1967 in order to oversee the work and development of this statewide information system. LEADS became operational in November 1968.
“Sheriff Radcliff’s leadership in the early days of LEADS and throughout the last 45 years is indicative of his commitment to the State of Ohio and it’s law enforcement officers,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent and LEADS Steering Committee Chairperson.
The original committee consisted of representatives from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association, Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, police departments representing smaller police departments, county sheriff’s offices representing metropolitan area sheriff’s offices, and the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court or his/her designee representing courts.
Today’s Steering Committee looks very much the same as it did in 1967, with representatives from various law enforcement agencies and court stakeholders having regular input on the operations of this statewide information system.
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