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On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 during the City Council meeting, Officers Dakota Parks, Vicky Johnson, and Lawrence Mehn were sworn into office by Mayor Kathy Bailey.
Officer Parks attended High School at Clermont Northeastern. After High School he attended the University of Cincinnati graduating with an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Soon thereafter, Officer Parks completed the University of Cincinnati Police Academy. Officer Parks began as an auxiliary police officer with the Village of Seaman Police Department but was quickly picked up by the Adams County Sheriff’s Office for three years where he served as a Road Patrol Deputy. He joined the LPD family in March 2020.
Officer Vicky Johnson grew up in Batavia and graduated from Batavia High School. In 2002 she attended the police academy and joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. She spent a few years in corrections before joining road patrol in 2006. During her tenure with the Sheriff’s Office, Vicky was a Field Training Officer and certified in Crisis Intervention. When asked why she chose to join the LPD Family, Officer Johnson said, “while working in Symmes Township for many years, I loved the community involvement LPD had and developed great relationships with their officers.” Officer Johnson joined the LPD family in June.
Officer Mehn began his law enforcement career in 2004 when he joined the Corrections Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. While Serving in the Corrections Division he was also in the United States Army Reserve where he was deployed to active duty for 2 years. He also served on the Corrections Emergency Response Team. Officer Mehn was then was promoted to Patrol Officer in the Hamilton County Sheriff’s office in 2015. Since his promotion, Officer Mehn has worked 4 different districts. Officer Mehn joined to LPD family in March.
Mayor Kathy Bailey stated that she was excited to have the new additions of Officers Dakota Parks, Vicky Johnson, and Lawrence Mehn. Mayor Bailey also expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the many officers that are willing to serve amid the tumultuous times we are living in.