Detective Smith to retire from Powell PD

Please join us in celebrating Detective Darren Smith on his retirement from the Powell Police Department. Detective Smith is concluding a 31-year career in law enforcement. He joined the department in 1997.

“I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Darren during his time in Powell,” said Interim Chief of Police Ron Sallows. “He has been an integral part of our department, successfully collaborating with a variety of teams for his investigative efforts.”

Throughout his tenure with the Powell Police Department, Detective Smith has been awarded Officer of the Year four times. He was also recognized with the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office “Top Cop” award in 2012, 2014 and 2020.

“Darren has been an amazing asset to the City of Powell,” said Detective Ryan Pentz. “He will be missed at the Powell Police Department and throughout the law enforcement community.”

In addition to his patrol duties, Detective Smith has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation / Human Trafficking Unit since 2014. Last year, he assisted the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in obtaining the Delco C.A.R.T. (Child Abduction Response Team) to be the first certified C.A.R.T. team in the State of Ohio. He also achieved the status of Master Evidence Technician through the Ohio Police Officer’s Training Commission.

Following his retirement from the Powell Police Department, he will join the Delaware Municipal Court as Chief Bailiff.

Thank you, Detective Smith, for your dedication and service to the City of Powell!


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