The Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A)





Important Funding Message FY12 Cops Hiring Grants

Solicitations for application for FY12 cops hiring funding begins today, Thursday, March 1st. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 22nd.

It is important to note that the application process for FY 12 funding is limited to law enforcement agencies that applied but were not funded or only partially funded under FY11 COPS Hiring Process. Funding can be used to rehire officers who have been laid off or for departments that would like to hire new officers. New hires have to be Veterans with at least  180 days of active service post 9/11.

Should you have any questions please be sure to contact NAPO or the COPS Office (1-800-421-6770).

For a full list of funding solicitations within DOJ please visit this site:

Thank You.


Jeff Pedicino OPBA's 4th Executive Director

Jeff Pedicino

Will Become the 4th Executive Director
of the O.P.B.A on January 1, 2012


  • Cleveland State University: Studied Labor Relations and Personnel Management 1976-1980
  • James B. Nance College of Business Administration (CSU): Certificate in Labor Relations 2002
  • More than 2500 hours of Law Enforcement training.

Law Enforcement Experience

  • Police Officer with over 31 years of experience.
  • Solon Police: 2003 Officer of the Year, D.A.R.E. Officer 12 years, F.T.O., Law Enforcement Instructor
  • O.P.B.A. Director and Lead Negotiator for 25 years while a Solon Patrol Officer

O.P.B.A. Experience

  • 1993 Trustee -1998 Financial Secretary - 2005 Executive Secretary - 2012 Executive Director

What I Commit to do as Executive Director.

  • Maintain and strengthen fiscal accountability with your organizational monies.
  • Meet with Directors throughout the year in your areas as well as moving membership meetings to allow more participation of members.
  • Aggressively monitor your interests as it pertains to the Ohio P & F and O.P.E.R.S. funds as well as other attacks on your rights by actively interacting with our State Legislatures to protect your interest and rights.
  • Update our website and use various technologies to disseminate information in a more effective and efficient manner.

For a complete resume see my website at https://sites.google.com/site/voteforpedicinoopba

I originally took out this full page ad for my for my candidacy to become the next Executive Director prior to the nominations meeting, however, at the September 1, 2011 meeting I was nominated unopposed. I want to thank all of you who visited my website and Facebook Fan Page. Also, those of you who reviewed the letters that had been dropped off at various departments.

Thank You,
Jeff Pedicino


"Ohio now offers "Honor Our Fallen" License Plates for Law Enforcement Officers

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles announce the availability of specialty license plates beginning on February 27, 2012.

In June, 2011, Governor John Kasich signed the legislation authorizing the "Honor Our Fallen" special interest Ohio license plate that honors our fallen law enforcement officers. It became law on September 23, thanks to the efforts of Sen. Tom Patton who introduced the legislation within House Bill 65, ORC 4503.713 (A)(B)(C).

The plate was created and designed by the Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society (GCPOMS) with the expert assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to help us all keep "The Promise" to never forget our fallen officers. Every license plate issued serves as a reminder of the dangers that our law enforcement officers face every day, and honors the memories of those that have died in the line of duty. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the license plates help to further the goals of the GCPOMS, and ensures that we keep our promise to never forget their sacrifice.

Plates will be available for purchase through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles beginning March 27, 2012. Ask the staff at your Deputy Registrar's Office for the "Honor Our Fallen" specialty plates when renewing/buying your vehicle's license plates. You may also exchange your current plates for this specialty plate at a reduced rate of $36.75. Please visit http://bmv.ohio.gov/fees_for_services.stm for more information.