Support Services Division
The Support Services Division works behind the scenes to assist in day-to-day operations. This division is comprised of the following units: the Community Services Unit and the Clerical/Dispatch Unit.
The Support Services Division is led by a Lieutenant, with the title of Commander. Some of the administrative tasks handled by the Support Services Division include grant writing, records management, training, recruitment, public affairs, and web based inquires and complaints.
Community Service Unit
The Community Service Unit is comprised of a Community Resource Officer. We recognize the importance of non-enforcement tasks, such as prevention and community outreach. The Community Service Unit strives to build ties within the community by becoming familiar with the residents and with the students in our Sharonville schools. Building better relationships and problem solving are core ideas of the Community Service Unit.
Community Resource Officer
The Community Resource Officer (CRO) is responsible for a variety of tasks which include organizing and coordinating neighborhood watch programs and security and safety presentations for community groups and businesses. This officer assists in mediating neighbor disputes and attempts to resolve quality of life violations, such as animal complaints. The Community Resource Officer also coordinates Sharonville’s Shop with a Cop program for economically disadvantaged students.
Programs Offered by the CRO
D.A.R.E. – The D.A.R.E. program is offered to students attending the Sharonville elementary schools. The D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) curriculum teaches students how to resist peer pressure, the importance of good decision making, and how to responsibly report bullying. This nationally renowned program has been well received in the Princeton City School District and is very popular among the students.
Jr. Police Academy – This 9 week program meets once a week and is designed to give 3rd and 4th graders the hands on experience of a day in the life of a Sharonville Police Officer. This class is hosted by the Sharonville Community Center in September and runs through November.
Jr. CSI – This class is offered to 5th and 6th grade students who are interested in learning about various investigative techniques used to solve crimes. This is a 4 week class hosted in February by the Sharonville Community Center.
Women’s Self-Defense – This class covers crime prevention strategies, along with basic self-defense techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these techniques in a controlled, safe environment. This class is educational and empowering!
Response to Extreme Workplace Violence – Because the Sharonville Police Department is dedicated to keeping the citizens of the Sharonville community safe, we offer “Response to Extreme Workplace Violence” using the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) technique. These tactics can be used for any type of violent encounter and the philosophy is very similar to that of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Avoid, Hide Out, and Take Action.” Officers Cheryl Haynes and Kevin Dye are certified A.L.I.C.E. instructors and are available to train local businesses and members of the community.
Shop with a Cop – This program is offered to economically disadvantaged students attending Sharonville and Stewart Elementary Schools. These students are selected by their teachers based on need. This program is strictly funded by donations provided by area businesses and residents. If you would like to make a donation for this worthy cause, contact Officer Cheryl Haynes at (513)563-1147.
The Community Resource Officer also provides police department tours and participates in Camp Sharonville during “Safety Camp” week.
Major Crash Investigation Team
The Sharonville Police Department utilizes a major crash investigation team to assist in gathering evidence, photos, and detailed measurements of significant auto crashes. Member officers have training in detailed traffic crash investigation, evidence collection, and reconstruction.
Code Enforcement Task Force
In 2008, the City of Sharonville created a multi-departmental Code Enforcement Task Force. The task force is a collaborative response team consisting of members from the Police, Fire, Health, and Building and Planning Departments, as well as Administration and elected officials. Task force responsibilities include responding to, evaluating, prosecuting, and preserving the health, safety, and quality of life for the Sharonville community.
Many public and private employers require background checks for employment purposes. State law mandates that schools, day care centers, health care facilities, and others require such checks as part of the hiring process. Some individuals are also required to have a background check to obtain professional licensure. These criminal history background checks are processed through the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) via a process called WebCheck. BCI completes such background checks by comparing fingerprints received against a database of criminal fingerprints to determine if there is a criminal record. All fingerprints must be submitted to BCI electronically through WebCheck.
The Sharonville Police Department is an authorized Ohio BCI WebCheck location, which allows us to transmit fingerprints electronically to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), if needed. The cost for a BCI or FBI WebCheck is $45; the fee for both is $70.00. Our WebCheck hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. and noon.