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Village officer tackles more than just crime

June 19, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On the weekend Poland Village Police Sergeant Jim Craven hangs up his police uniform and puts on a uniform of a different color. In his off time, Craven is a member of the Cleveland Warriors semi-pro football team.

The Warriors is one of the Ohio teams that competes in the NPSFL (National Public Safety Football League). The league is made up of public law enforcement and public safety personnel. Members could come from the military if they are involved in similar law enforcement or safety forces jobs while serving.

The league extends across the country and has district championships. The Warriors are in Div. II.

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Jim Craven in his Cleveland Warriors uniform.

"We play a five game season," Craven said. "Usually there are two away games."

For Craven, it is a passion to be involved in a game he loves. He is a Wilson Class of 1993 grad who played football all four years of high school.

"I played offensive lineman and center," he said. "It's the same position I play today."

Craven went on to attend YSU, but did not play football. He was hired on the Poland Village Police Department on March 9, 2000. He started playing for the Warriors in 2011.

"I am the only one from this area to play in the league," he said. "I actually found out about it while surfing the Internet."

Craven's passion for the grid iron goes even further. He serves as an Ohio High School Athletic Association official. He put in two years officiating high school varsity games.

Besides the playing and officiating, Craven also has another way of staying involved in the sport he loves. Along with partner Mark Means, they have a Friday live high school football game show on Western Reserve radio 1240. He came into that from be covered on a radio station when he owned the Western Reserve Scourge semi pro team, which never got to grow much in its five-year existence. It did earn one championship.

What did get off the ground and grow was the live football broadcasts, which Craven still enjoys and will continue doing.

The radio show will be in the fall and for the present time, Craven is focused on the big game coming up. On June 22, the Warriors will be hitting the road to take on the Los Angeles Grizzlies. This will be for the Division II championships. Craven said he would love to win the game as a nice way to close his ninth and final year of playing semi-pro ball.

For more information on the NPSFL visit www.npsfl.org.

 
 

 

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