There are two bureaus within the UTPD, the Operations Bureau and the Investigative Bureau. Each Bureau has two or more divisions and together the bureaus and their divisions keep the UTPD running efficiently.
The Operations Bureau is run by Lt. Anthony Rees. Lt. Rees is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. The Operation’s Bureau is the largest functional division with a staff of 40 sworn employees. The bureau consists of the Patrol Division, Staff Services Division, and Personnel Division.
The Patrol Division is responsible for handling calls for service, tactical response to apprehend perpetrators and thwart crimes, strategic problem solving within the community, and enforcement of traffic laws. These objectives are accomplished through many means, the foremost being through deterrent patrol efforts and response to citizen complaints.
The public calls upon the police to handle a vast range of incidents. In 2014, patrol officers responded to or initiated just under 55,000 calls for service. As a result of these responses, officers reported on over 8,900 incidents involving criminal activity and traffic violations.
Directed or Tactical Patrol Response uses accurate and timely information to predict when and where crimes are likely to be committed. In cooperation with other agency divisions, analysis of reported crimes, and general intelligence gathering, patrol efforts are directed to predicted problem areas. Bike patrol and the Hotel and Motel units are examples of tactical responses that are available.
Bike Patrol Officers are certified Bike officers and have attended a 40 hour Police Mountain Bike School and are members of The International Police Mountain Bike Association. The Police Department has two officers assigned to the bike unit. The officers will log over 100 miles of bike patrol in one month depending on the month to include their logged patrol time in a police cruiser. While on bike patrol, businesses and residences are checked by officers. Patrol by bicycle lends the officer the capability to be stealthy in their approach as opposed to a marked police cruiser and has proven successful on many occasions. This double duty has resulted in many arrests which are logged in our Press Release section of the police department's web page.
The Union Township Canine Unit has proven to be an effective tool. Officer Mark Stephens and his canine “Daron” have been on patrol since April 2008. “Daron” is cross-trained to detect illegal narcotics and to search and track people. The canine unit is available not only to Union Township, but other agencies in the surrounding area as well.
The agency views traffic enforcement as an important responsibility, intended to protect lives and property. Clermont County consistently ranks among the top counties in Ohio for reported traffic crashes. The majority of traffic crashes in Clermont County occur in Union and Miami townships. Union Township officers investigated over 1,800 traffic crashes last year. Traffic crashes account for 20 percent of all reports handled by Union Township officers. The agency has four officers that are certified traffic accident reconstructionists to investigate serious and fatal traffic accidents.
Community Oriented Policing
Officers involved in community oriented policing assist in initiating, developing and sustaining all township blockwatch programs, conducting child safety talks, maintaining the citizen ride along program as well as various other public speaking engagements. Community oriented police officers are also responsible for putting on the annual Citizen Police Academy as well as the annual Police Night Out event.
Staff Services Division
The Staff Services Division is responsible for the following functions: managing and scheduling all department training; department purchasing; issuing and inventorying of all department uniforms, equipment, and agency-owned property; fleet maintenance and management and police facility maintenance.
The Personnel Division is responsible for recruitment of new personnel as well as training and professional development of all employees.
The Investigative Bureau is run by Lt. Scott Blankenship. Lt. Blankenship is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. The Investigative Bureau is staffed by 19 employees including 5 detectives, 13 communication specialists and an administrative officer. The bureau consists of the Investigative Division, Communications Division and Administrative Division.
The function of the Investigative Bureau is to investigate criminal offenses of a major or felony nature. These include but are not limited to homicide or questionable death, felonious assault, arson, robbery, burglary, rape, suicide, major theft, worthless documents, telephone harassment, kidnapping and abduction, stalking, runaways and missing persons. The division lends expertise and assistance to Patrol Division personnel when requested.
The investigation process is one of the most important police responses to the problem of crime. The division commander's duties are to identify and determine crime trends, devise solutions to reduce specific crimes in affected areas, and to make case assignments based on specific solvability factors.
The Investigation Division has detectives assigned to specific types of crimes. The Youth Aid detective investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect, as well as juvenile sex abuse cases. Two detectives are assigned to investigate all property/personal crimes such as felony level thefts, residential burglaries, business break-ins and robberies. Another detective is assigned to investigate white collar crime, including fraud, bad checks, confidence schemes, and Internet fraud.
In addition, we have a Master Evidence Technician who uses the mobile crime scene unit to gather physical evidence. The department has a facility on-site where some evidence is processed.
The Investigation division utilizes the assistance from the agency's Polygraph and Computer Forensics Units to aid in major case investigations.
The division attempts to take a proactive approach to identify situations or circumstances which may require police attention. Information and intelligence is provided to the Patrol Division in an effort to target problem areas and increase chances of criminal apprehensions.
The Administrative division handles services such as accreditation, policy review and writing of policy as well as all inter-departmental communications and orders.
The Communications Section provides police, fire, and EMS dispatch services for all of Union Township and the Village of Amelia. Staffed 24 hours per day, the section answers thousands of telephone calls each month, coordinates the response of police officers to citizen calls for service, and sends fire and EMS units to fire and medical emergencies. Section personnel monitor and answer Emergency 9-1-1 calls, often having to calm excited callers and give first-aid or CPR instructions, a difficult task to perform over the telephone. In 2012, the section handled 54,914 calls for service.
Central Records Section
Union Township has a records clerk on duty from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Record requests such as local background checks, report requests, and vendor permits are handled by the clerk who also takes care of any other requests of walk-ins.
Records mailing address: 4312 Gleneste-withamsville Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45245
If a clerk is not at the walk-up window there is a phone beside the window that can be picked up and will ring immediately into the Communications Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The Communications Section provides police, fire, and EMS dispatch services for all of Union Township and the Village of Amelia. Staffed 24 hours per day, the section answers thousands of telephone calls each month, coordinates the response of police officers to citizen calls for service, and sends fire and EMS units to fire and medical emergencies. Section personnel monitor and answer Emergency 9-1-1 calls, often having to calm excited callers and give first-aid or CPR instructions, a difficult task to perform over the telephone. In 2012, the section handled 54,914 calls for service