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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield Police Department takes to airwaves

  • Springfield Sgt. Eric East, who serves as the township's information officer "stars" in “Police Beat.” East delivers information for the public on the department's activities throughout the month.
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  • Get in the know of what is happening in Springfield Township and the Village of Lakemore by tuning in to Springfield Township Police Department's "Police Beat" on Channel 15.
    Springfield Sgt. Eric East, who serves as the township's information officer "stars" in "Police Beat." East delivers information for the public on the department's activities throughout the month.
    "As a public information officer," East said, "I like to get the information out there and show the police officers are doing their jobs and actively doing good things in the community, such as the Easter egg hunt, Shop With A Cop, Fill-A-Cruiser and more."
    East tries keep the show interesting by focusing on topics such as training at the high school, safety shopping tips, highlighting the school resource officer and the detective bureau.
    On a recent road trip, East took viewers to Springfield Lake where the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP) police boat was patrolling. He interviewed VASP Coordinator Linda Denton to explain what residents needed to do to use the ramp in Springfield.
    The show is a way to inform the public about a variety of important topics. East said he has a waiting list of people wanting him to get information on a variety of topics on Police Beat.
    "Police Beat" first began when Police Chief Dave Hoover and Garry Moneypenny were active in the department. Officer Perry Linaburg hosted the program before it took a short hiatus. Capt. Ken Ray approached East with the idea of reviving the program and East was eager to do so.
    For his first program, East took to the road and gave information on what to do if you approach an emergency vehicle on the road. He talked about the incident of Officer Mark Dodez being hit and injured by a pickup truck on Arlington Road in 2011. East had the video photographer in the police car, had another car approach and show what to do in certain situations.
    East said the importance of the show is getting information out to the residents of the township and village.
    "We will give the names of some of the people we have arrested," East said. "We also have a 'Most Wanted' segment. I will introduce the 'most wanted' criminal of Springfield or Lakemore of the month, with a photo and what they are wanted for."
    One of East's favorite parts is what he called the "stupidest criminal." In the segment, East highlights a criminal caught because of something stupid he or she did. The story could be from area or from somewhere in the US.
    The show is filmed, edited and posted by Channel 15 employees Frank Chenoweth and Angela Snyder. It is usually filmed at the town hall on Canfield Road except for when they go out on a particular location to tell a story. Each show is 15 to 20 minutes in length.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Police Beat" airs on Time Warner Cable Channel 15.