Tom Synan, Chief of Police, Newtown, Ohio
Tom Synan’s wide experience has provided him a unique perspective on the heroin crisis. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a 24-year veteran of the Newtown Police Department. For the last 10 years he has served as chief of police and SWAT team leader.
In 2014, after watching the last of an entire family die from drugs, the last two from heroin, Synan helped form the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition. He currently serves on the Coalition’s steering committee and as chairman of interdiction. He coordinates law enforcement efforts to reduce supply and works with other members to help reduce demand.
Synan testified at a U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on synthetic opiates and the impact fentanyl and carfentanil have had on the country. His work with the Coalition has been cited by national and international publications and media outlets, and he has spoken internationally on the heroin crisis. Having seen all the ways that heroin affects lives and all the efforts it takes to help individuals and families struggling with addiction, as well as their communities, Synan has a deep understanding of the complexity of this issue.