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College Police Personnel
  • Email Address: matthewsa11702@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Chief Matthews has his Associate's Degree in Police Science from Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio. He is currently taking online courses to obtain his Bachelor's Degree from Ohio University.
    Year Appointed: 2011
    Bio: Chief Matthews' career began at Hocking College in 1984. He was one of only 250 police officer graduates of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005. He has also been trained by the Ohio Department of Homeland Security, and has several certifications in the National Incident Management System.
    Goal: In five years, he will be leading a professional campus police department that will be able to handle both the expected and unexpected challenges that may occur in and around the community.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "Reverend Thomas Darden was the most influential person in my life. After my parents divorced, I was making poor decisions and Rev. Darden always seemed to appear when I was in route to making these choices. Rev. Darden would talk with me and I either stayed and talked with him, or I went home, avoiding trouble."

  • Email Address: colemana11755@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Officer Coleman holds a degree in Natural Resources Law Enforcement from Hocking College.
    Year Appointed: 2013
    Bio: Officer Coleman is a Hocking College graduate and would like to work at the HCPD while obtaining a Farrier Certificate and/or another associate's degree at Hocking College.
    Goal: Officer Coleman would like to receive her OPOTA certificate and become part of a mounted patrol unit or an auxiliary officer in the area. She would like to remain a dispatcher and possible train others in the field.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? One of the most influential people in my life is Tom McKnight. Being one of only a few girls in his NR Law Fitness class, he always had a lot of faith in me and pushed me to accomplish my goals. McKnight never gave up on me and forced me to better myself in more ways, beyond just fitness.

  • Email Address: ditmera@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Officer Ditmer holds an Associate's Degree in Police Science from Hocking College.
    Year Appointed: 2013
    Bio: Officer Ditmer graduated from Hocking College in 2013. He sees himself working full time at Hocking College and wants to continue to gain experience in the field.
    Goal: Officer Ditmer hopes to continue working full time at Hocking College while earning a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "My best friend from childhood, Tim, is one of the most influential people in my life. He has always been someone who has supported me in all of my endeavors. He is dependable, honest, hard-working and trustworthy; all of the traits that I also pride myself in having."

  • Email Address: eskeyt@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Officer Eskey holds a degree in Police Science from Hocking College
    Year Appointed: 2013
    Bio: Officer Eskey is a Hocking College graduate and in the next 18 months plans to be close to getting a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Ohio University by taking a few classes a semester.
    Goal: In 5 years, Officer Eskey hopes to have a Bachelor's degree, be an instructor in OPOTA classes, Master Evidence Technician or Master Investigator and to start a bike patrol on Hocking College campus. He plans to achieve this by going back to college, take OPOTA classes and by showing the multiple uses of a bike patrol on campus.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? A very influential person in my life is Darrell Cogar. He was a Lieutenant with Athens County Sheriff's Office. He taught me the importance of education and continued training in law enforcement. To make sure your work is always done by the end of shift and not to pass it off to the next shift. He also told me to always treat people with the respect I would want if I were in the same situation.

  • Email Address: perrigoa@hocking.edu
    Year Appointed: 2012
    Bio: Perrigo has taken several college level courses both at Columbus State Community College and at Ohio Dominican University. She obtained her Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification in 2014, and is certified by the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems as a Basic Physical Defense Program instructor.
    Goal: Perrigo hopes to obtain an Associate's Degree at Hocking College while still working for Hocking College Police Department.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "My friend, Kathy Crocco is the most influential person in my life outside of my family. She is a rock of a woman in strength and knowledge, yet caring and compassionate at the same time."

  • Email Address: redeckerm@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Sgt. Redecker has an Associate's Degree in Police Science, obtained from Hocking College in 1991.
    Year Appointed: 1996
    Bio: Sergeant Redecker enjoys teaching and is looking forward to venturing out and teaching more topics than he has in the past. He recently completed two new instructors courses in firearms and wants to gain experience teaching these over the next year.
    Goal: Within the next five years, Sgt. Redecker would like to expand his teaching ability to the Peace Officer Basic Academies and increase his teaching and in-service training with the department.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "While family members have had the most influence on my life, I have had several instructors and co-workers that were inspirational and provided influence to get me where I am today. Steve Barron was an instructor of mine for many years, beginning with my first day as a student at Hocking College. Steve provided me with a positive example, high expectations and always had great insight."

  • Email Address: schirab@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Officer Schira has an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science from Hocking College and a Bachelor's of Specialized Studies Degree in Chemistry, Sociology, and Law Enforcement Technology from Ohio University. She is certified by the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Systems as a Basic Physical Defense Program instructor.
    Year Appointed: 2013
    Bio: Officer Schira always uses a "never give up" attitude when it comes to her career. Most of her instructors were male, so she would love to be someone other female police officers can look up to.
    Goal: Officer Schira hopes to become an investigator or detective as well as have the opportunity to teach.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "The most influential person in my life is my friend, Effie Weldy. In the six years I have known her, she has shown me that you are never too old change your life path and find something new that you are good at and love."

  • Email Address: wagnera1041@hocking.edu
    Degrees: Officer Wagner has an Associate's Degree in Police Science obtained at Hocking College.
    Year Appointed: 2012
    Bio: Officer Wagner plans to become a more experienced police officer by being fully committed to his career, being a student of the profession and taking advantage of all available training and career advancement opportunities.
    Goal: His goal is to become a K-9 officer and a law enforcement instructor.
    Who is the most influential person in your life? "My father is the most influential person in my life because without him, I would not be the person I am today. He is also a former police officer and one of the many reasons I chose a career in law enforcement."

Hocking College Police Department
3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, OH 45764

(behind Light and Oakley Halls off Loop Rd, next to Hocking Heights Residence Hall)

Chief Al Matthews
740.753.6598
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Additional Phone Numbers
Nelsonville Police Department
740.593.6633

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