For those of us who have chosen to live here, it's no surprise Upper Arlington is considered among the safest communities in central Ohio.

For those of us who have chosen to live here, it's no surprise Upper Arlington is considered among the safest communities in central Ohio.

Thanks to a police division rich with committed, professional staff, plus the strong support of Upper Arlington City Council and the community at large, we are able to enjoy safe, walkable neighborhoods and business districts.

Knowing safety issues are important to residents, the police division works hard to meet and exceed community expectations. This effort is best exemplified by the division's certification under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This process addresses all facets of safety services, along with ongoing community outreach to make sure the division is responsive to changing demographics and needs and looks ahead to any new safety issues on the horizon that may affect us.

The best way to gauge the community's opinions on the services provided is through surveying, a process repeated every three years, and which is currently in process.

Now through Dec. 17, members of the community are invited to participate by visiting for a quick link to an online survey that should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. If you wish to complete a hard copy version instead, please call 614-583-5027 or email your request to

To assist the division in interpreting any geographic trends that may emerge, please limit survey takers to one adult over 18 years of age per household (preferably the adult with the next birthday).

If you have any questions about the police survey, please email the division at

Help us better understand your thoughts on safety in Upper Arlington.

Adult lifeguards needed

After The Ohio State University changed from a quarter schedule to a semester schedule, our aquatics Division realized that UA's pools would lose many student lifeguards before Labor Day. To circumvent the problem, we pioneered a program for adult lifeguards.

Last year, 12 community men and women helped keep our pools open longer -- and, from the sounds of it, they'll be returning.

The aquatics division is now accepting applications for adult lifeguards for the summer 2013 outdoor pool season. Adult lifeguards will have the opportunity to serve the community, work in a fun environment, receive an individual outdoor pool membership and earn some extra cash.

Previous lifeguard experience is preferred, but not required; any CPR and First Aid training will be provided free of charge in the spring. Interested applicants can visit or call the Parks and Recreation Department at 614-583-5300.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.