Westfield Insurance Foundation Donates to Medina County Sheriff's Office to Improve Officer and Citizen Safety Through the use of a Tactical Surveillance Robot

Westfield Center, OH, December 2, 2015 -

To better and more safely respond to scenarios in which officers’ lives may be at stake, Westfield Insurance Foundation is donating to the Medina County Sheriff’s Office so they can acquire an unmanned, tactical surveillance robot (TSR). With the use of the TSR, Medina County’s SWAT will be able to respond to dangerous situations involving active shooters and hostage scenarios through the deployment of an unmanned vehicle. The TSR will allow the Medina County SWAT to gather audio and video intelligence as well as communicate directly with armed suspects in a safe manner.

“Westfield Insurance Foundation wants to help protect people and property by identifying and investing in safer businesses and communities,” explained Westfield Insurance Foundation Executive Director and Westfield Insurance Community Investment Leader, Jani Groza. “Our grant for the purchase of a TSR will allow the Medina County SWAT to quickly and safely respond to a variety of dangerous situations without placing people in harms way.”

Westfield Insurance Foundation provides grants to organizations serving their local communities in the areas of disaster relief, family stability and safety.

“I want to personally thank Westfield for its generous contribution to the safety and security of Medina County residents,” said Medina County Sheriff, Tom Miller. “The use of unmanned TSRs will reduce the chance of injury to officers, innocent victims and suspects.”

The tactical surveillance robot will be available for both training and emergency situations by the eight different law enforcement agencies which comprise the Medina County SWAT.

“Currently, there is no dedicated capital or operating budget for the Medina County SWAT, so grants, like the one from Westfield, are critical for this team to operate with the best technology and training,” added Sheriff Miller.

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $2 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield Insurance
Westfield Insurance is a part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio, and in business for more than 167 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named as a Top Workplace in northeast Ohio in 2014 and as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www.Westfield-Bank.com.

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