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Division of Park Police

Contact Information

General phone number:

Dennis Welch
Chief Officer

Tyler Swartzlander

Chad Watkins

Park Officers are state-certified peace officers who enforce federal and state laws as well as the park district’s rules and regulations. Park Officers are the primary law enforcement in our park facilities, and patrol by car, bicycle and foot. Our officers are not only law enforcement officers but are involved in park programs & events, community events, touch-a-truck programs and much more. While on patrol, they also assist visitors who have questions or other needs while in the parks.

To Dispatch a Park Police Officer

For non-emergency assistance, Preservation Parks police can be dispatched by contacting:

Park Police Officer on Duty: 614-989-1972

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office: 740-833-2800
(Ask for a park officer to be sent to your location.)

In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1

Lost items:

Please call 614-989-1972, or email


The placement of any geocache within any Preservation Park District facility is allowed by permit only. To inquire about placing a geocache within one of our facilities, please contact Sgt. Swartzlander or call the Division of Park Police, 614-989-1972. Visit the Geocaching page for more information. 

Special Use Permits

Special use permits are required for any activity that is outside of our park district rules and regulations. Special Use Permits may be issued for individual activities or scientific research. Please complete the form below and an officer will be in touch regarding your request.

Special Use Permit Application

Applicant Information

Applicant's Name
Applicant's Address

Organization Information

Organization's Address

Additional Information

Dates/Times you are requesting to use the park(s)
Please add a new line by clicking the "+" button for each Date/Time you are requesting.