In 1997, Ohio State University President, Gordon Gee, stated “Mike was a teacher who strongly believed in education. The lessons we learned from Mike are reflected in how we honor his memory.” Like Mike, we must continue to teach. We must continue to promote crime prevention education in our communities, and reach out to those who need help. We must work to build a crime-free society and safer communities through effective crime prevention programming. As we celebrate the OCPA’s 42nd anniversary and plan for a bright future, we remember Mike and give thanks for him and the many others who have shown us the way.
Since 1997, the Michael Blankenship Memorial Service Award has been given annually as the Ohio Crime Prevention Association’s highest honor and is decided by the OCPA Board of Directors. This award recognizes a crime prevention practitioner whose life and work reflects a commitment to the philosophy and mission of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association.
|1997||Mike Blass||2006||Roger McHugh||2015||Shari Robertson|
|1998||Jeff Caldwell||2007||Hugh Bennett||2016||Eric Franz|
|1999||Mike Stem||2008||John Pohlman||2017||Vickie Yendriga|
|2001||Donna Zimmer||2010||William Stansberry||2019||Richard S. Biehl|
|2002||Tom McAlpin||2011||Shaun Campbell||2020||No Award - COVID 19|
|2003||Earl Smith||2012||James Karnes||2021||Dan Katt|
|2005||Ron Stollar||2014||Chris Riley||2023||Rebecca Gaytko|