By RYAN DUNN
Lt. Matthew Crow says the State Highway Patrol’s Findlay post has proven its strength in combating crime on area roads.
He wants to keep it that way.
“One of my number one goals is to ensure that we don’t slip,” said Crow, who assumed leadership of the post last week.
Crow, 42, of Tiffin, was promoted from sergeant of internal affairs for the patrol’s Findlay district. He investigated patrol employees across a 12-county region for potential violations.
The position helped develop the human resource skills necessary for a post commander, he said.
“Fortunately for me, working in this building, I already know everyone here,” Crow said.
Crow said as post commander he hopes to assist his staff, which includes four sergeants and 13 troopers, in improving Ohioans’ safety.
“I look at my job as getting them whatever they need to help us be successful,” Crow said.
The Findlay post covers Hancock and Hardin counties.
Troopers are responsible for public safety through traffic and criminal enforcement. Removing illegal drugs and weapons from motorists is vital, he said.
Crow said troopers do so by focusing on suspicious behavior after pulling over a vehicle.
“The biggest thing we try to do is tell our officers to look beyond the traffic stop,” he said.
Troopers will continue being heavily involved in criminal patrols, Crow said. He cited a recent Ecstasy pill seizure and recovery of a stolen vehicle.
“That’s not going to change at all for the highway patrol,” Crow said.
Crow said his other goals include forging strong relationships with area law enforcement and potentially increasing patrols of Fostoria and Hardin County.
Crow said he grew up as a young “military brat” before enlisting in the National Guard and enrolling at the University of North Dakota.
He served as a reserve police officer in Grand Forks, N.D., before moving to Ohio in 1996.
“I always thought I would just be a Grand Forks police officer once I graduated from college,” Crow said. “Met my wife, she’s from Ohio, so here I am.”
Crow joined the Fremont post of the patrol in 1997 and moved to the Wilmington post in 2002. He worked again in Fremont for about seven years before entering the Administrative Investigations Unit.
As post commander, he will earn a base salary of about $83,000.
His predecessor at the Findlay post, Lt. Brent Meredith, has returned to his previous position as commander in Fremont.
Crow said he looks forward to having an impact on the Findlay post.
“It’s been a long desire of mine to be able to have this opportunity,” he said.
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