2017 Annual Report
The police department is responsible for providing safety services to the community including crime prevention and education. The police department is comprised of 22 full-time officers, two full-time customer service representatives and one full-time mayor’s court clerk. Of the 22 full-time officers, the police chief leads the department with assistance from one assistant chief (captain), five sergeants, two detectives, one full-time Sycamore High School resource officer (SRO), one part-time junior high resource officer (SRO), one traffic safety officer, and ten patrol officers.
In 2017, officers handled 13,036 incidents, made 346 adult arrests, 57 felony arrests, 48 operating vehicle under the influence arrests, 47 juvenile arrests, 497 auto crash reports, including one fatal auto crash, and issued 1,809 citations, of which 1,597 were heard in Montgomery Mayor’s Court and the remaining were heard in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
In 2017 the police and fire departments hosted a session of the Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy at the Safety Center. The event provided community members the opportunity to interact with the public safety personnel and to view facilities and equipment, and participate in the Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) machine. Several class participants experienced the challenge of deciding whether to use deadly force while in several scenarios. The class received very positive reviews and high marks for interaction.
The department maintains an Internet Purchase/Exchange Zone in the Safety Center parking lot for residents to utilize when meeting sellers or buyers. The area is under 24-hour video surveillance and provides a safer area to meet and conduct sales.
The police department continued its public education efforts by conducting the annual Safety Village program for five- and six-year-old children. The program teaches children about school bus safety, animal safety, stranger safety and other safety-related topics. The program is offered over a two-week period in the month of June, and the children attend a morning or afternoon session for a period of one week (see above photo). Other public education programs included crime prevention, bike safety, internet safety, and addressing neighborhood associations and community groups on a variety of other issues.
In the area of homeland security, the police department assigns an officer as a liaison to the Terrorism Early Warning Group (TEWG). The TEWG is a regional cooperative effort among public safety and health agencies throughout the greater Cincinnati area to address potential terrorist activity. Increased information and resource sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continue to improve the overall effort of combating terrorism.
The department continued to support the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force (DART). Montgomery is a founding member of the task force formed in 1988, and periodically assigns officers to the task force. DART is comprised of approximately 14 local law enforcement agencies that primarily address drug enforcement at the local level. The task force also has a pharmaceutical diversion unit that investigates physicians, nursing staff, and pharmacy staff suspected of abusing drugs, forging, altering or writing illegal prescriptions or trafficking in drugs.
The partnership between the police department and Sycamore Community Schools continued in 2017. The school resource officer (SRO) at Sycamore High School and the part-time Sycamore Junior High SRO worked with students and staff to provide a safe and secure learning environment. The SRO positions are funded through a partnership with Sycamore Community Schools with the district paying 60 percent of the officer’s salary. In addition to the day-to-day activities, the SROs attended many extracurricular activities, such as dances, athletic events, and meetings. Officers also presented a seat belt safety program to third graders at Montgomery Elementary School.
The Montgomery Mayor’s Court hears most of the City’s misdemeanor and traffic cases, including first offenses of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under suspension. In 2017, the Court heard 1,597 cases involving over-the-legal-limit offenses resulting in $192,018 in fines, court costs and computer fund charges. After assessing the required State fees, the City’s portion of the fund was $141,594.
The Montgomery Juvenile Court, with Referee Terry Donnellon presiding, heard 17 criminal cases involving 27 juveniles. The disposition of these cases often resulted in community service being performed by the offender. Serious criminal cases, second offenders, and all juvenile traffic cases are sent directly to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court system and are heard by a juvenile court judge.
The police department received the American Automobile Association’s Gold Award. The Gold Award is an award given by the Association to agencies demonstrating outstanding success in addressing community traffic safety issues. The City of Montgomery was one of a few jurisdictions within the greater Cincinnati region to receive the award. In addition, the department remains a founding member of the Hamilton County OVI Task Force for its participation in working within the region to combat driving while intoxicated.