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Police Department 2020 Annual Report

The police department is responsible for providing safety services to the community, including crime prevention and education.

Staffing

  • two full-time customer service representatives
  • one full-time mayor’s court clerk
  • one K9
  • 22 full-time officers
    • police chief
    • assistant chief (captain),
    • five sergeants
    • two detectives
    • full-time Sycamore High School resource officer (SRO)
    • part-time junior high resource officer (SRO),
    • traffic safety officer
    • ten patrol officers

In 2020, officers handled approximately 9,861 incidents, including:

  • 32 operating vehicle under the influence arrests
  • 316 auto crash reports
  • Issued 1,051 citations
  • 213 arrests
Car runs into home
Auto Accident in 2020

Narcotics disposal

Our department maintains a narcotics and prescription pill drop-off box in the Safety Center lobby in conjunction with the DEA. This allows the public a method of safe and convenient method of disposal of unused medicines. Each year the collection process yields several hundred pounds of prescription pills which are destroyed to prevent misuse and other environmental issues if disposed of improperly. This service accounts for a large percentage of the visits to the Safety Center.

K-9 Officer

K9 Ricky
K9 Ricky

"Ricky," a Dutch Malinois, along with his handler, Officer Alex Janszen, completed an intensive, training program at Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania in late 2018 for drug detection as well as patrol duties.

In 2020 Ricky has logged 186.2 training hours, 33 detection exercises, and 92 patrol exercises. He attends regular bi-monthly training with his canine training group.

In his patrol duties, he has been used in 15 drug/article searches, 13 tracks of individuals, which combined has assisted 14 agencies with 11 narcotic seizures and 11 arrests.

Partnerships

An officer from the department is assigned 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 department currently has an officer working with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Cincinnati Task Force. This officer works on higher-level cases and, when needed, assists with local cases through DART.

The partnership between the police department and Sycamore Community Schools continued in 2020.  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.

Officer Payne, SRO
Officer Payne, SRO
Office Otte, SRO
Officer Otte, SRO

 

Mayor’s/Juvenile Court

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 2020, the Court heard 1,194 cases resulting in $130,047 in fines, court costs, and computer fund charges.  After assessing the required State fees, the City’s portion of the fund was $90,605.

The Montgomery Juvenile Court, with Referee Meghan Donnellon presiding, heard criminal cases involving 23 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.

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