2018 Annual Report
The police department is responsible for providing safety services to the community, including crime prevention and education.
Staffing for the Montogmery Police Department includes 25 professionals:
- two full-time customer service representatives,
- one full-time mayor’s court clerk, and
- 22 full-time officers:
- the police chief,
- 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 2018, officers handled approximately 13,000 incidents, including:
- 41 operating vehicle under the influence arrests,
- 495 auto crash reports, and
- issued 1,557 citations, of which 1,375 heard in Montgomery Mayor’s Court, and 182 were heard in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
In 2018, 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,
- 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 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 space to meet and conduct sales.
The police department continued its public education efforts.
- Safety Village program for five- and six-year-old children
- Crime prevention presentations
- Bike safety demonstration
- Internet safety courses
- Neighborhood association and community group talks on a variety of other issues
The police department received a long-awaited addition of a police K-9 beginning in 2018. “Ricky,” a Dutch Malinois, along with his handler, Officer Alex Janszen, completed an intensive, training program at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. “Ricky” is a dual-purpose K9 trained for drug detection as well as patrol duties. The addition of a K-9 officer to the department is the culmination of several years of research, proposals, and planning that could not have happened without the generous assistance of several City partners. The purchase cost for the K-9 and training was funded through donations provided by the Haverkamp Foundation and TriHealth.
An officer from the department is assigned as an 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 2018. 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 2018, the Court heard 1,377 cases resulting in $160,826 in fines, court costs, and computer fund charges. After assessing the required State fees, the City’s portion of the fund was $118,214.
The Montgomery Juvenile Court, with Referee Terry Donnellon presiding, heard ten criminal cases involving 12 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. Also, 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.