June 25, 2016

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Medina police chief to attend three-day institute in Seattle

Medina police Chief Patrick Berarducci has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to attend the inaugural Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice, which will be launched in September.

Patrick Berarducci

Patrick Berarducci

Chief Berarducci was selected after an extensive review of more than 100 applications from fellow law enforcement executives from across the nation.

Berarducci was selected along with 29 other law enforcement executives to attend the three-day IACP/MacArthur Foundation Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Juvenile Justice in Seattle. The institute is expected to provide a broad immersion into cutting edge concepts in order to effectively lead juvenile justice reform and collaboration.

“We are honored to have our police chief selected for this very important program,” Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. “Chief Berarducci has always been ‘forward thinking’ and we have successfully collaborated together on many of our most innovative programs, including deploying Narcan with every Medina officer to save overdose victims, CPR/AED devices deployed in every (Medina Police Department) car to save heart attack victims, and self care trauma training and aid kits to treat victims of violent injuries.”

Berarducci has received the U.S. Treasury Department’s Medal of Valor for heroism and bravery, the Albert Gallatin Award for a career of unblemished faithful service to the Treasury Department, and the William French Smith Award from the U.S. attorney general for his role in cooperative law enforcement. He is also a six-time recipient of the Treasury Department’s Special Achievement Award and a five-time recipient of the department’s Special Act or Service Award.

In 2010, when Berarducci testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Sen. Patrick Leahy, I-Vt., committee chairman, recognized the chief’s long and distinguished law enforcement career during his remarks.

Berarducci testified at the hearing titled “Encouraging Innovative and Cost-Effective Crime Reduction Strategies.”

Berarducci began his law enforcement career with the Youngstown Police Department in 1974 as an undercover officer assigned to the Narcotics Unit and with ATF as a special agent in 1978 assigned to the Cleveland office.

His work has included the investigation of federal firearms, explosives and arson violations. In 1982, then Agent Berarducci was assigned to Vice President George Bush’s South Florida Violent Crime Task Force in Miami. He was instrumental in forming the Caribbean Gang Task Force operating from the U.S. attorney’s offices in Cleveland, and led numerous investigations involving gang activity, murder and narcotics trafficking.

Berarducci served as a member of the incident command staff for the Oklahoma City bombing investigation as well as the Washington, D.C., sniper investigation and the ATF Hurricane Katrina Response Team.

He is a graduate of Youngstown State University, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.

Berarducci is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police the Police Executive Research Forum, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, the Ohio Association Chiefs of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, and the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Association of Retirees.

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