Safety & Security

The Holden Arboretum formed its first police department in 1974, but it wasn’t until 1999 that it was fully commissioned under the laws of the state of Ohio. The role of the department is to provide services that ensure the proper stewardship of our unique natural areas and collections, which are located in two counties and five jurisdictions. The police department also oversees the safety of Holden employees, volunteers, guests and the general public.


The Holden Arboretum Police Department (HAPD) is led by a full-time chief of police, who is supported by one full-time and three part-time officers. With full law enforcement authority granted by state law under Ohio Revised Code 1702.80, the Department follows policies and procedures mutually agreed upon with the surrounding jurisdictions.

Department staff

David Frank, Police Chief
Cory Freadling, Police Officer

Kevin Goodman, Police Officer

Jeff Miloro, Police Officer

Tony Piotrowski, Police Officer

Brian Schoch, Police Officer


General Services

  1. Perform road, foot and bicycle patrols
  2. General law enforcement, which includes enforcement of Ohio traffic and criminal codes
  3. Investigations
  4. Non-criminal incidents involving wildlife, vehicles, missing persons and disturbance complaints
  5. Assistance with way-finding, disabled vehicles, traffic control and keys locked in cars
  6. Special building and neighboring property checks
  7. Wildlife management

Health and Safety

Officers play an integral role in Holden's safety program by reporting and correcting hazards, providing emergency services and first aid, conducting fire drills and minding the general physical safety of everyone on Holden property, for any reason.

Wildlife Management

With more than 3,600 acres of land and the diversity of wildlife, it is important that Holden strikes a balance between people, wildlife and plants. The goal of the wildlife management program is to provide for the maximum bio-diversity of plants and animals.


Besides white-tailed deer and Canada geese, gray and black squirrels, a wide variety of bats and other winged animals, raccoons, opossum, groundhogs, muskrat, skunk, fox and coyote are common on Holden property. Reports of a black bear are rare, but not out of the question, because they sometimes wander in from eastern Ohio counties and Pennsylvania.


The HAPD collaborates with our own wildlife biologist to assist with nuisance problems and the well-planned control of certain species. Working in cooperation with the our Horticulture and Conservation Department, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, we have many ongoing wildlife programs, including the restocking of native Ohio brook trout.


Enjoy your visit, walk and hike with caution and let our Holden Police Department know if you see anything unusual or unsafe.