Hamilton County Sheriff

Public Safety
4:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Silverton contracting police services from Hamilton County Sheriff

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department is now patrolling Silverton at the village's request.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Two former Silverton Police officers are now Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputies. They were sworn in Thursday along with a clerk, marking a change over in public safety in the Village.

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Hamilton County Sheriff
4:35 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Audit declares Sheriff's Dept. 'static' and 'resistant to change'

An audit of the Hamilton County Sheriff's department is recommending three issues be addressed. They include: staffing, technology and training.

The report 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 "frozen in time" which prevents it from adopting more modern procedures and practices.

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Hamilton County homeless
5:51 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Coalition going to court over sheriff's homeless strategy

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition is suing the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department over a policy to remove the homeless from the courthouse steps. Commission executive director Josh Spring says Sheriff Jim Neil's department will start threatening arrest this week. Spring wants to wait until after the winter shelters open in a month and a half.

The Sheriff and Major Charmaine McGuffey were guests on Cincinnati Edition today where the sheriff's homeless strategy was one of the topics. McGuffey said the department  has been patient.

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Cincinnati Edition
6:30 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil

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Hamilton County Sheriff
2:35 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Sheriff talks jails, drugs at Rotary lunch

The colors are presented just before Sheriff Jim Neil's speech at the Cincinnati Rotary Club.
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

On his first appearance before the Cincinnati Rotary, Sheriff Jim Neil reiterated the county does not need a new jail.

"Judges will sentence to capacity whether you have 3,000 jail cells or 1,000," he says.

Neil handed out awards Thursday to several deputies and took questions ranging from the budget to drugs and the county jail.

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.

Another problem? Heroin.

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