Clintonville has a new Columbus Division of Police liaison officer.
Bruce Beard, a 20-year veteran of the department, is the neighborhood connection for the entire Third Precinct. That encompasses not only Clintonville and Beechwold but also the University District.
Beard, 44, who was hired July 19, 1992, hasn't yet officially taken up his new duties, but he's already scheduled an opportunity to get to know the Block Watch captains and coordinators in his territory.
He introduced himself by email to the Clintonville community last week and invited Block Watch leaders to a session at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15. The meeting will be in the conference room of the Strategic Response Bureau, 1120 Morse Road.
"We're kind of concentrating on the Block Watch coordinators and captains at this meeting, and I hope we get as many to turn out as possible," Beard said last week.
He said he doesn't know the Clintonville area all that well yet.
"One thing I do know about Clintonville is they're very active," Beard said. "As far as the Block Watches, I'm hoping that's the case. A Block Watch is only as good as the folks who are in it.
"There are a lot of things police don't know about what's going on in the neighborhood, and the only way we do find out about is from the neighborhood, and that's generally where the Block Watches come in."
This will mark Beard's second stint as a liaison officer. After seven years in patrol to start his career with the division, he worked in the liaison section for six more years.
Most recently, Beard worked with the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force.