Littleton said his goal is to return the Perry Twp. Police Department to 24-hour coverage, with two or three officers per shift, and relying less on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to help patrol the township and answer dispatch calls.
The interim chief said he’ll have to get with the village fiscal officer to see whether hiring more part-time and full-time officers is feasible.
“Going back to being self-sufficient is a good goal to have,” he said. “I think we’ll get there.”
Littleton said he plans to meet with the township’s five part-time officers. He also plans to be on patrol Saturday, to get to know the area again.
“I’ll definitely be putting my name in the hat when they start looking for a full-time chief,” he said.
The new chief has eight years of law enforcement experience.
He started his law enforcement career with the township police department in 2010 and was on the force three years before, he said, moving on to other agencies.
Littleton served as Mowystown police chief for approximately 13 months, having been named chief in October 2017.
His background includes two military deployments, in 2009-2010 and 2011-2013.
From December 2005 to January 2013, according to his LinkedIn profile, Littleton was a cavalry scout, Ohio Army National Guard, out of Greenville.
He was deployed to Iraq as a gunner with the 2/107th Cavalry. He protected the convoy with the 240-B machine gun and the M-2 .50-caliber machine gun. He alternated as truck commander or drove the military vehicles.
From March 2008 to February 2009, he was part of the Ohio Army National Guard Recruiting and Retention Command, in Kettering.
Friday’s meeting was standing room only, as residents turned out to learn the trustee board’s news about the police department.
Lambert Tynes, one of the residents in the audience, said, “It’s been a disturbing time for a lot of residents, not having a chief in place. Now that we do, it’s a relief.”