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

The Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association (O.P.B.A) represents police departments  and law enforcement agencies throughout Ohio including ranking officers and chiefs.Membership in the O.P.B.A is limited to duly appointed, sworn police and law enforcement officers, correction officers and dispatchers of governmental or quasi-governmental police departments or police agencies or such retired officers, or dispatchers, located within the State of Ohio. This association exists to provide aid and protection to its members, for the education of its members, for the general welfare of its members and their families and for the betterment of police and people of their communities.


Contact Us

10147 Royalton Rd. Suite J.
N. Royalton, OH  44133
Phone: 1-800-457-4190
Fax: 1-440-237-6446

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OPBA Proud

by Thomas Austin, Executive Director

As a twenty year member of the Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, I never have doubted the representation or benefits I have received.  On September 1st, I personally witnessed our representation provided to OPBA members in critical incident situations.  It was approximately 5:50 p.m. and I was working with my other shift mates in the patrol division.  We were dispatched to an active shooting.  Within a few short minutes of arriving, one of my shift mates was faced with having to use deadly force.

I immediately saw the effects of a deadly force situation on my co-workers.  Our patrol union representative was on the scene within 15 minutes.  Our patrol representative had already been in contact with the OPBA 24-hour answering service and was speaking to our OPBA attorney.  When the officer, who was required to use deadly force, returned to our police station, an OPBA attorney was waiting to provide legal counsel.

This scenario is a service the OPBA offers to ALL its members.  In fact, since June 2015, the OPBA has assisted members or departments in at least five separate police shooting incidents.

Immediately after the incident, the OPBA made available to the involved officers the services of the Westshore Critical Response Service to provide counseling services to the officers.  This service is offered to ALL OPBA members.

As a police officer, union director and executive director I am proud of all the OPBA does for its members.

2015 is an election year for Department Directors.  Please see the OPBA By-laws Article VII which addresses the Board of Directors.  I encourage you to participate.
Many of our departments, especially some of our new member departments, are hiring new employees.  Please make sure that all new employees complete a membership card to assure that all benefits the OPBA has to offer are received.  If you know of somebody who needs a membership card please call the OPBA office at 1-800-457-4190 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
The 2015 OPBA golf outing returned this year.  Congratulations to 1st place winners Chad Lockhart, Ryan Buckles, Rick Yusko and Jason Rickenbacher.  Lake Forest Country Club in Hudson provided a challenging golf course along with excellent food.  Numerous prizes were awarded.  Over $4,000 was raised for the OPBA Charitable Foundation.  Thank you to all our sponsors and participants.
REMINDER:  If you ever need advice from an OPBA attorney or OPBA business agent, contact them as soon as possible.  Waiting to get advice may make a positive outcome more difficult.
The OPBA monitors a 24-hour answering service to be utilized by its members.  Please call 1-800-457-4190 for assistance.





Meetings will be held on the following Thursdays:

November 5, 2015

Letters will be sent to directors and alternate directors confirming meeting location.  Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.


Meetings will be held on the following Thursdays:

December 3, 2015

Notices will be sent to police departments, directors and alternate directors confirming meeting location.  Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.


Are held at the O.P.B.A. Office.  All Executive Board members are notified by phone or mail prior to the meetings.

Questions or problems?

Call the O.P.B.A. office at (440) 237-7900