Police Department

Scott Gaviglia

Police Chief

LT. Tony Rees

LT. Scott Blankenship

Formed in 1965, the Police Department has grown from its original staff of one part-time officer to a 60 member, full service, internationally accredited agency.

The agency is commanded by Chief Scott Gaviglia and is functionally divided into three command bureaus: Operations, Administrative Services, and Staff Services. Information on agency structure and operations may be found by exploring the Bureaus link on the top navigation menu.

Mission

The members of the Union Township Police Department are committed to the principles that define democracy, including the protection of constitutional rights and equal protection under the law. Members of the Union Township Police Department are expected to strive for:

  • Making the maximum contribution to enhance the overall quality of life in Union Township;
  • Having the courage to always fight injustice;
  • Dedication to protecting the innocent and aiding those who cannot care for themselves;
  • Prevention, resistance, and elimination of crime and the fear of crime;
  • Fostering a relationship of genuine mutual respect with the members of the community;
  • Achievement of personal and professional excellence;
  • The ethical, consistent, and equitable exercise of police powers and discretion.

 

Accident & Incident Reports

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To get an incident report visit the police department at 4312 Gleneste Withamsville Road

Operations Bureau

The Operations Bureau is run by Lt. Anthony Rees. Lt. Rees is a Certified law Enforcement Executive (CLEE), a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Northern Kentucky University. The Operation’s Bureau is the largest functional division with a staff of 40 sworn employees. The bureau consists of the Patrol Division, Staff Services Division, and Personnel Division.

Patrol Division

The Patrol Division is responsible for handling calls for service, tactical response to apprehend perpetrators and thwart crimes, strategic problem solving within the community, and enforcement of traffic laws. These objectives are accomplished through many means, the foremost being through deterrent patrol efforts and response to citizen complaints.

The public calls upon the police to handle a vast range of incidents. In 2018, patrol officers responded to or initiated just under 56,000 calls for service. As a result of these responses, officers reported on over 7,700 incidents involving criminal activity and traffic violations.

Directed or Tactical Patrol Response uses accurate and timely information to predict when and where crimes are likely to be committed. In cooperation with other agency divisions, analysis of reported crimes, and general intelligence gathering, patrol efforts are directed to predicted problem areas. Bike patrol and the Hotel and Motel units are examples of tactical responses that are available.

Bike Patrol Officers are certified Bike officers and have attended a 40 hour Police Mountain Bike School and are members of The International Police Mountain Bike Association. The Police Department has two officers assigned to the bike unit. The officers will log over 100 miles of bike patrol in one month depending on the month to include their logged patrol time in a police cruiser. While on bike patrol, businesses and residences are checked by officers. Patrol by bicycle lends the officer the capability to be stealthy in their approach as opposed to a marked police cruiser and has proven successful on many occasions. This double duty has resulted in many arrests which are logged in our Press Release section of the police department's web page.

Canine

The Union Township Canine Unit has proven to be an effective tool.  Officer Dave Perkins and his canine “Kaos” have been on patrol since July, 2016.  Officer CJ Holden and his canine “Havoc” have been on patrol since July, 2018. Both canines are cross-trained to detect illegal narcotics and to search and track people.  The canine unit is available not only to Union Township, but other agencies in the surrounding area as well.

Traffic

The agency views traffic enforcement as an important responsibility, intended to protect lives and property. Clermont County consistently ranks among the top counties in Ohio for reported traffic crashes. The majority of traffic crashes in Clermont County occur in Union and Miami townships. Union Township officers investigated over 2,300 traffic crashes last year. Traffic crashes account for 29 percent of all reports handled by Union Township officers. The agency has four officers that are certified traffic accident reconstructionists to investigate serious and fatal traffic accidents.

Community Oriented Policing

Officers involved in community oriented policing assist in initiating, developing and sustaining all township blockwatch programs, conducting child safety talks, maintaining the citizen ride along program as well as various other public speaking engagements. Community oriented police officers are also responsible for putting on the annual Citizen Police Academy as well as the annual Police Night Out event.

Staff Services Division

The Staff Services Division is responsible for the following functions: managing and scheduling all department training; department purchasing; issuing and inventorying of all department uniforms, equipment, and agency-owned property; fleet maintenance and management and police facility maintenance.

Personnel Division

The Personnel Division is responsible for recruitment of new personnel as well as training and professional development of all employees.

Investigative Bureau

The Investigative Bureau is run by Lt. Scott Blankenship. Lt. Blankenship is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute’s Administrative Officer’s Course. The Investigative Bureau is staffed by 19 employees including 5 detectives, 13 communication specialists and an administrative officer. The bureau consists of the Investigative Division, Communications Division and Administrative Division.

Investigative Division

The function of the Investigative Bureau is to investigate criminal offenses of a major or felony nature. These include but are not limited to homicide or questionable death, felonious assault, arson, robbery, burglary, rape, suicide, major theft, worthless documents, telephone harassment, kidnapping and abduction, stalking, runaways and missing persons. The division lends expertise and assistance to Patrol Division personnel when requested.

The investigation process is one of the most important police responses to the problem of crime. The division commander’s duties are to identify and determine crime trends, devise solutions to reduce specific crimes in affected areas, and to make case assignments based on specific solvability factors.

The Investigation Division has detectives assigned to specific types of crimes. The Youth Aid detective investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect, as well as juvenile sex abuse cases. Two detectives are assigned to investigate all property/personal crimes such as felony level thefts, residential burglaries, business break-ins and robberies. Another detective is assigned to investigate white collar crime, including fraud, bad checks, confidence schemes, and Internet fraud.

In addition, we have a Master Evidence Technician who uses the mobile crime scene unit to gather physical evidence. The department has a facility on-site where some evidence is processed.

The Investigation division utilizes the assistance from the agency’s Polygraph and Computer Forensics Units to aid in major case investigations.

The division attempts to take a proactive approach to identify situations or circumstances which may require police attention. Information and intelligence is provided to the Patrol Division in an effort to target problem areas and increase chances of criminal apprehensions.

Administrative Division

The Administrative division handles services such as accreditation, policy review and writing of policy as well as all inter-departmental communications and orders.

Communications Division

The Communications Section provides police, fire, and EMS dispatch services for all of Union Township. Staffed 24 hours per day, the Union Township Communications Center answers thousands of telephone calls each month, coordinates the response of police officers to citizen calls for service, and sends fire and EMS units to fire and medical emergencies. In 2018, Communications personnel answered over 68,000 telephone calls and dispatched over 55,000 calls for service.

The Union Township Communications Center is a CALEA (Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies) accredited agency. They conform to the accepted international standards required of Communications centers worldwide.

Central Records Section

Union Township has a records clerk on duty from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Record requests such as local background checks, report requests, and vendor permits are handled by the clerk. Records are available through walk-in, telephone, and through requests on our website.

Records mailing address: 

4312 Gleneste-Withamsville Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45245

If a clerk is not at the walk-up window there is a phone beside the window that can be picked up and will ring immediately into the Communications Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Police Services

The Union Township Police Department offers the following services:

Neighborhood Watch

Group discussions regarding neighborhood crime prevention and the benefits of a Block Watch program. These talks are available to neighborhoods within Union Township.

For More Information call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below.

 

Citizens Police Academy

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The CPA is a public relations program that Union Township Police Department offers free to the public, annually from August to November. Participants must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid license and be able to pass a criminal history check. The program lasts for 12 weeks with the class meeting once a week between the hours of 6-9 pm. There are two Saturday classes involved in which academy members visit and receive instruction at the police firing range and defensive driving course. The program culminates with a graduation ceremony, including a catered dinner for all participants and family members of those that have completed the program. This simulated police academy put on for citizens and people who work in Union Township touches on various law enforcement topics ranging from investigations and forensics to defensive driving, self defense and drug interdiction. The interactive CPA program reduces the mystery that is sometimes placed between law enforcement and the public.

For More Information call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below.

Women's Self Defense

Free Self Defense classes offered twice annually throughout the year and instructed by our trained police officers.  These classes are designed to teach basic skills and manuevers to women giving them the confidence and ability to protect themselves.

For More Information call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below.

Police Night Out

Our annual night out with the residents of Union Township at Veteran's Park gives our citizen's a chance to get to know their police officers in a festival type setting that sends a message to criminals that we are all working together to keep crime out of our neighborhoods. Police Night Out 2019 is grateful to our sponsors Walmart, Meijer, Sams Club, Cincinnati Bell, TQL, Constellation Energy, and Beechmont Ford, without which Police Night Out would not be the quality event it has been. If you are a business or organization that would like to be involved in next year’s night out please contact Police Night Out call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below.

 

Kid's Talk/ Station Tours

Group discussions on crime prevention put on by police officers for a variety of groups ranging from Brownies and Cub Scouts to Elementary students. For more information on scheduling a kids talk or tour of the station call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below.

Child Gun Safety Class

The Child Gun Safety class put on annually in the summer by Officer Chad Lutson is a perfect opportunity to talk about the safe handling of all firearms while learning in a controlled and safe environment. Officer Lutson is a state certified Firearms Instructor and Armorer as well as an avid shooter. The class is open to all children under the age of 16. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To learn more about this class or to register please call 513-752-1230 or fill out the contact form below..

Vacation Checks

If you are going on vacation or just out of town for the weekend and would like the police department to check on your residence while you are away, please print this form out, fill in the requested information, and bring it to the police department or you can submit the form electronically below.

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For more information on a service or to submit a vacation check form select an option from the service field below.

Report a Crime (Non-Emergency)

Non-emergency crimes may be reported to the Union Township Police Department by requesting an officer to respond to your residence. For non-emergency calls, please call the Police Department at 513-752-1230. All emergencies should call 911.

Accreditation

Since being awarded accredited status by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 1993 and reaccredited status in 1998, 2001 and 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013, the Union Township Police Department continues to be committed to the accreditation process. The department adheres to international standards for law enforcement agencies, with proof of compliance maintained by the accreditation manager.

This is an ongoing process, with all accredited law enforcement agencies undergoing re-accreditation every three years.

CALEA was formed to develop a set of law enforcement standards and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally-recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery .The accreditation process is administered by CALEA staff and awarded by the commission.The CALEA seal, which is displayed on the uniform of every Union Township officer, appears below.


Contact Us

  Police Department:

  4312 Gleneste
Withamsville Road

Cincinnati, OH 45245

  Phone:
  (513) 752-1230

  Office Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m