DivisionsThe Springfield Township Police Department is a full service organization made up of 48 full-time and 4 part-time sworn officers. The department operates the following specialized divisions:
Road Patrol Division:START (Springfield Township Arrest and Response Team)
The Springfield Township Arrest and Response Team (S.T.A.R.T.) was developed in 1998, to assist the Police Department in making safe and dynamic entries when serving high-risk search and arrest warrants. The members of this unit were carefully selected and specifically trained to utilize the most current practices and techniques for serving high-risk warrants. The members of the team, in addition to their regularly assigned police duties, receive special training in areas of firearms, use of force, entry and search techniques. Several members of our team are also on the Hamilton County Police Association S.W.A.T. team. Currently, there are ten officers assigned to the team.
The Springfield Township Police Department has two police canines certified in the detection of illegal narcotics, tracking of suspects, building searches and locating evidence. Both dogs are certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the National Association of Police Work Dogs.
The Springfield Township Police Department Traffic Safety Unit conducts typical traffic safety duties such as traffic law enforcement in an effort to reduce the frequency and severity of traffic crashes within Springfield Township. Some other responsibilities of the traffic safety unit include traffic crash reconstruction, investigation of serious and fatal auto crashes and other vehicular crimes.
Impact Unit (Innovative Methods for Policing Against Crime Trends)
The Springfield Township Police Department Impact Unit identifies and addresses trends and patterns of criminal activity. These officers develop proactive approaches and enforcement in areas of the township experiencing an increase in crime. This unit works in conjunction with Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force for drug enforcement efforts within Springfield Township.
School Resource Officer
The Springfield Township Police Department has three School Resource Officers. These Resource Officers are assigned to the Mt. Healthy Jr. and Sr. High School and the Finneytown Secondary Campus. The School Resource Officer ensures a safe learning environment for both the staff and students as well as creating and fostering a positive relationship between the youth of the community and the Springfield Township Police Department.
Criminal Investigators are responsible for investigating serious crimes against persons as well as property crimes, normally referred to as Part 1 Crimes. In addition, investigators are responsible for the investigation of other crimes including credit card fraud, bad checks, and other similar crimes. The Investigators are on-call and assist the Uniform Division when requested. The unit has a specialized investigator who primarily handles juvenile cases which range from runaway/missing juveniles, juveniles victims and juvenile offenders.
The department coordinates a number of in-service and supplemental trainings throughout the year, in addition to the mandated Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy requirements. Springfield Township has a number of certified instructors in several different areas of expertise which contribute to the success of the training objectives, as well as minimizing liability issues associated with law enforcement.
The Springfield Township Police Department operates on two communication systems. In addition to our own center, 911 calls are handled and dispatched by the Hamilton County Communication Center. Other emergency and non-emergency calls are handled by personnel assigned to our dispatch division. In addition to handling phone calls, personnel have the responsibility of dispatching and assisting our patrol officers on the street. Personnel assigned to this division also maintain computerized information and file reports and records for the police department.
Advanced training of personnel is an on-going process in order to bring the latest technology and methods of crime prevention. Several members of the management team are graduates of the Police Executive Leadership College. Police Chief Robert Browder and Assistant Chief Rick Bley are also graduates of the FBI National Academy.
Many officers are cross-trained and certified as first-responders, meaning they are able to perform life-saving techniques in an emergency.