About the Police Department
The Pierce Township Police Department was founded in the 1950s with one full time Constable. Since that time the department as well as the community has seen rapid growth. The police department is now a full time police department operating 24 hours a day, 365 days a year responsible for all segments of law enforcement service within the 23 square mile township. It is currently staffed with 16 full time sworn officers and one civilian police clerk. The department is a quasi-military organization under the leadership of the police chief, and the command staff of 4 lieutenants who supervise the road patrol units. Of these sworn officers two are assigned as criminal investigators that handle felonies and the more complex investigations, and one officer is assigned to the Clermont County Narcotics Unit to help combat the heroin epidemic that this region is facing as well as other related drug problems.
The police department prides itself with one of the lowest crime rates in Clermont County and has an exceptional closure rate (cases solved) higher than the national average. In 2015 the FBI reported a national closure rate of 46% for violent crime and 19.4% for property crimes. In 2015 Pierce Township’s closure rate was 85% for violent crime and 56% for property crimes. The department believes in a commitment to Community Oriented Policing, knowing that by listening and working with our citizens makes a safer community. Some examples of our community engagement are National Night Out, Citizens Police Academy, Daily School Checks, Shop with an Officer, Senior Services Senior Visit program, Vacation Checks, and the Junior Police Academy. Other examples of community engagement have been started by our officers and are unique only to Pierce Township. These include The Golden Ticket Program, Alzheimer’s Dementia Reporting System, and a gift card disbursement program where officers voluntarily have a small percentage of their pay taken out and gift cards purchased to give to people they encounter in need of immediate help.
In the last few years, the department has strived to keep our residents better informed with the daily operations of the department and instituted a Facebook page which has been met with great success. The department provides crime mapping so residents can see what type of crimes are being reported in their neighborhoods. We also provide pertinent information on crime trends and even ask for the communitie’s help in identifying suspects in cases where we have surveillance footage of unknown suspects.
The vision of the police department is to continue to provide the safest community for our residents as possible, while maintaining the excellent partnership with our residents that exist today. We will continue to be financially responsible, and continue to improve as a police department. Our department places a premium on training, education, and professional development. This year, officers received an average of 32 hours of advanced training as well as 20 hours mandated by the state. In 2017 the department voluntarily participated in the State of Ohio’s Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board certification process. This program developed a set of common standards for law enforcement agencies in areas like Community Engagement, Use of Force, and Hiring. Participating agencies are assessed by outside evaluators on their compliance to the states standards; Pierce Township Police Department was awarded certification in January 2017. Also in 2017 the department received the “Gold” award by Triple AAA, the second highest rating available, for traffic safety making Pierce Township one of only 17 agencies in the Tri-state to be recognized for its traffic safety programs.
Our officers are proud of their police department and the excellent job they do on a daily basis. They have a sense of pride in the community and enjoy the close working relationships with our residents, evident in the wave and smile you’ll see from the officer’s while on patrol or out on foot interacting with the residents.