Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

Public Safety
1:04 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New truck hits roads to make them safer

Cpl. Pete Prybal holds a wheel scale he's pulled from the special rack in the back of his customized F-350 patrol truck.
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Thanks to a partnership with the Hamilton County Engineer, the Sheriff's office has a new tool for cracking down on overweight loads on county roads. A Ford F-350 has been converted and customized to carry specialized equipment for inspecting Commercial Vehicles.

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Homelessness
4:05 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Authorities offering help not hassles to homeless young people

Homeless children, teens and young adults are a rising concern for police and social workers in Hamilton County.

Lighthouse Youth Services CEO Bob Mecum says homeless kids used to mainly be unhappy runaways.

"Today we're seeing kids who are, for the most part, long-term victims of poverty, long-term victims of neglect, and physical and sexual abuse," says Mecum.

Addiction is another major problem. Mecum says heroin use today is unprecedented and often passed down to children by their parents.

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Public Safety
5:29 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

New report recommends changes for Sheriff's Court and Jail Division

Credit Hamilton County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE 5/15/14 : Greenwood & Streicher are expected to release one or two more reports says Michael Robison, Director of Media and Public Relations with the Sheriff's Office. The consulting group is also analyzing the department's Enforcement and Support Services divisions. Robison says it is uncertain when that/those reports will be ready.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says training, staffing and information technology remain key areas of concern for his department.

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Transportation
2:57 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Hamilton County cracking down on commerical vehicle violations

Hamilton County is dedicating a full-time Sheriff's deputy to catching semis and others breaking commercial vehicle laws.

The Sheriff and county engineer have been working together on this issue but now Engineer Ted Hubbard says the departments are formalizing the arrangement.

"We have to be able to make sure that the vehicles that travel over the roadway system are the proper weight and the proper size," says Hubbard. "If they're not it can cause undue damage to the infrastructure system."

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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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