The Gahanna Division of Police has been recognized for going "Above and Beyond" to provide support for its military employees.
The Ohio Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, announced June 5 that Gahanna Police Chief Dennis Murphy has been honored with an "Above and Beyond" award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Ohio Guard and Reserve.
The award recognizes those employers who go beyond the legal requirements for granting leave and providing support for military duty by their employees, as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act.
Some other local businesses to receive the same award were Cardinal Health, the city of Columbus, Franklin County Office on Aging, Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, JPMorgan Chase Co. and Nationwide Insurance.
In the recent past, Murphy told ThisWeek, 63 percent of the department's officers were veterans.
"That's pretty impressive," he said.
Gahanna Assistant Police Chief Kenneth Bell said the department has seen a high turnover recently, so that percentage has dropped significantly.
Of the 53 full- and part-time officers and a civilian (retired Gahanna officer), 26 or 48 percent are veterans.
The Above and Beyond award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize American employers that provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, said John Hoppers, ESGR state chairman.
Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units, he said.
"It is not about the Gahanna Police Department receiving any recognition, but most importantly about all citizens honoring and rewarding in whatever way possible the service and sacrifices of all of our veterans," Bell said.
The Gahanna Police Department joins thousands of American employers who have reviewed and amended their human-resources policies to ensure compliance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act.