Safety & Security in Your Place of Worship
May 03, 2023
Safety & Security in Your Place of Worship

John Di Pietro, CPS, /CPS, CLEE, NCPS II | Deputy Chief of Police (Retired)

Major John DiPietro joined the Miami Township P.D. in 1986, progressing through Patrol Officer, Detective, Corporal and Sergeant.

In March of 2013, John retired as Deputy Chief of Police, where he oversaw both the Department's Operations and Support Divisions. He holds four Certified Prevention Specialist credentials by the: Ohio Crime Prevention Association, New York State Crime Prevention Coalition, National Crime Prevention Council, and the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners.

John is an academy instructor, who holds a degree in Police Sciences from Sinclair College and is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College. He achieved his credentials as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) from the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police in 2010, and is a graduate of Penn State University's (POLEX) police executive leadership program.

John has been a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association since 1992 and has remained active in the Association as president from 2003 to 2004. He is the former Vice Chairman for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, which serves as an advisory board to the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington.

He is former First Vice President for the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, which awarded John the Lifetime Achievement Award.

John is an active member with the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association and has appeared on television shows and newscasts, including CNN, MSNBC and The John Walsh Show, as a Crime Prevention Specialist.

He now serves as President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Ohio Lodge # 117, and is Past State Chairman for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Ohio, which  in 2003 selected him as MADD's TOP COP.

He is a former Board Member for Greater Dayton Humane Society and is a State Certified Humane Agent.

In 2000, Ohio Attorney General Betty Montgomery honored John with the Distinguished Law Enforcement Service Award. In 2017, the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police named John Member of the Year and assigned him to the National Fraternal Order of Police Education Committee. In 2018 he received the Blankenship Award, the highest honor from the Ohio Crime Prevention Association for his lifetime of service in prevention.

John received a commission as Kentucky Colonel from Governor Matthew Bevin in 2019 for his prevention and community service endeavors. And, in 2013 he earned a lifetime membership for the NAACP as well as a lifetime membership of the National Crime Prevention Association in 2009.

John is an experienced photojournalist and news reporter having worked for WHIO TV, assigned to the station's news helicopter, NewsChopper 7. In 2002, he received a Regional Emmy Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

John has worked for several companies and non-profit organizations both as a consultant and trainer. His expertise is specific to crime prevention, physical security, house of worship safety and security, crime prevention through environmental design, community engagement, media relations and non-profit leadership. He has conducted many physical security assessments, both for the Veterans Administration hospital systems and for Ohio Crime Prevention Association, with a focus on houses of worship and non-profit organizations.

John frequently is requested as a guest speaker or workshop presenter with topics related to crime prevention, risk management and public safety. He is also an active member of the American Society of Industrial Security, or ASIS International, Cincinnati, Ohio Chapter.

John, welcome to Rotary at Kettering!