Hamilton County Sheriff http://wvxu.org en Audit declares Sheriff's Dept. 'static' and 'resistant to change' http://wvxu.org/post/audit-declares-sheriffs-dept-static-and-resistant-change <p>An audit of the Hamilton County Sheriff&#39;s department is recommending three issues be addressed. They include: staffing, technology and training.</p><p><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wvxu/files/performance_audit.pdf" target="_blank">The report</a> concludes department staff are highly disciplined and resilient but also static and resistant to change. It says the agency, under former Sheriff Simon Leis, became &quot;frozen in time&quot; which prevents it from adopting more modern procedures and practices.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:35:47 +0000 Tana Weingartner 18534 at http://wvxu.org Coalition going to court over sheriff's homeless strategy http://wvxu.org/post/coalition-going-court-over-sheriffs-homeless-strategy <p>The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is suing the Hamilton County Sheriff&#39;s Department over a policy to remove the homeless from the courthouse steps. Commission executive director Josh Spring says Sheriff Jim Neil&#39;s department will start threatening arrest this week. Spring wants to wait until after the winter shelters open in a month and a half.</p><p>The Sheriff and Major Charmaine McGuffey were guests on Cincinnati Edition today where the sheriff&#39;s homeless strategy was one of the topics. McGuffey said the department&nbsp; has been patient.</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 21:51:39 +0000 Ann Thompson 18458 at http://wvxu.org Coalition going to court over sheriff's homeless strategy Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil http://wvxu.org/post/hamilton-county-sheriff-jim-neil <p></p><p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Maryanne Zeleznik 18390 at http://wvxu.org Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil Sheriff talks jails, drugs at Rotary lunch http://wvxu.org/post/sheriff-talks-jails-drugs-rotary-lunch <p></p><p>On his first appearance before the Cincinnati Rotary, Sheriff Jim Neil reiterated the county does not need a new jail.</p><p>"Judges will sentence to capacity whether you have 3,000 jail cells or 1,000," he says.</p><p>Neil handed out awards Thursday to several deputies and took questions ranging from the budget to drugs and the county jail.</p><p>Neil has been expanding electronic monitoring and would like to add even more of the devices. He says what the county does lack is enough space for female and special needs inmates.</p><p>Another problem? Heroin.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:35:20 +0000 Tana Weingartner 15666 at http://wvxu.org Sheriff talks jails, drugs at Rotary lunch Twenty arrested during sex offender compliance sweep http://wvxu.org/post/twenty-arrested-during-sex-offender-compliance-sweep <p>Law enforcement have been doing some "spring cleaning," checking up on Hamilton County's 1,350 registered sex offenders.</p><p>Sheriff Jim Neil says officers checked 1,114 addresses last week.</p><p>The large-scale, multi-agency operation is the first of its kind in the county since the <a href="http://www.opd.ohio.gov/AWA_Information/Adam_Walsh.htm" target="_blank">Adam Walsh law</a> went into effect in 2006.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 20:51:54 +0000 Tana Weingartner 13095 at http://wvxu.org Twenty arrested during sex offender compliance sweep