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Chief Gary Copeland, formerly from Northern Ohio, has been in law enforcement for over 20 years following a four-year tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps. Chief Copeland served overseas during his military tenure, where he was also a member of the Marine Corps karate team. The Chief’s education consists of a Master's in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University and a Bachelor’s in Management with a minor in Criminology from Indiana Wesleyan University, graduating with honors and distinction. He has also graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, Certified Law Enforcement Executive Training and the Police Executive Leadership College in Columbus, Ohio both sponsored by the Law Enforcement Foundation in cooperation with the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Copeland is a member of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI National Academy Associates. Chief Copeland is married with a daughter and two sons, one who is currently serving in the Army, 82nd Airborne Division. Chief’s hobbies consist of weight training, martial arts and playing guitar. He enjoys working with the residents of the Village in a collaborative effort to improve the quality of life in Waynesville.

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