Park Rangers

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Codified Rules & Regulations

Ranger Patrol Division

The Clark County Park District Ranger Patrol Division provides the protection and preservation of life and property within all CCPD managed parks. The Rangers patrol all areas of the parks by Ranger Cruiser, foot patrol, bike patrol, and all terrain vehicles. This makes the Rangers available to assist all park visitors.

All Rangers are State of Ohio certified peace officers. Rangers are trained for emergency response and investigation. Rangers enforce local and state laws as well the rules and regulations of the Clark County Park District.

When you meet a CCPD Ranger, you are meeting a highly trained, committed, professional officer that works in and around the parks to keep you safe when you visit.


Clark County Parks are known for their clean and safe atmosphere.  The Rangers and command staff of the Clark County Park District (CCPD) Ranger Patrol Division have a commitment to provide you, your family and friends with a safe and clean park environment. A place where you can relax and enjoy nature and other park activities. This is our pledge to you as CCPD Rangers.

Explorer Post

Clark County Park District offers a Law Enforcement Explorer Post 930 and is currently looking for more youth to be involved. Applicants must be 14 to 20 years of age and in good standing and not posses any criminal background. Post members will explore the career of law enforcement, natural resources, community relations and history. Explorers will be able to conduct ride a longs with the Rangers, help with traffic and crowd control during events. The Explorer Post conducts monthly meetings and trainings. For more details contact the CCPD office at 882-6000.

Contact Us

If you need to contact a CCPD Ranger please call,

(937) 882-6000 Office

(937) 328-2560 Dispatch

When you call, ask for a CCPD Ranger and one will be dispatched to you. Remember to use 911, for emergencies only.


Clark County Park District
930 South Tecumseh Road
Springfield, Ohio 45506

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a Ranger?

A: Generally speaking, a Ranger is a law enforcement officer, whose venue and responsibilities center on natural resources.


Q: What does CCPD stand for?

A: Clark County Park District.


Q: What legal authority does a Ranger have?

A: The scope of authority of a CCPD Ranger has been established by the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) under chapter 1545. The ORC has established that Rangers are Ohio peace officers or more commonly known as “POLICE OFFICERS”. Rangers have the same police powers as other police officers throughout the State of Ohio. Rangers who announce themselves as POLICE or PARK POLICE are attempting to let it be known their authority as POLICE OFFICERS and make it clear to individuals that they encounter on a day to day basis.


Q: What are the duties of a Ranger?

A: CCPD Rangers are trained in law enforcement and have knowledge of forestry and conservation. Rangers use these skills to preserve the peace, protect life and property. Rangers enforce state and local laws and the rules and regulations of the CCPD. Rangers are authorized to issue warnings, whether verbal or written, Rangers are also authorized to issue citations, make arrests and investigate crimes ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies.


Q: Do Rangers have authority outside of park properties?

A: Yes, CCPD Rangers do patrol and have authority on all adjacent properties and roadways to CCPD owned/managed properties. Rangers also operate under mutual aid agreements and assist other county law enforcement agencies as needed.