The Organized Crime Division is assigned responsibility for investigations of drug trafficking, prostitution, gambling and pornography. Additionally, the Organized Crime Division has responsibility to manage the collection and dissemination of intelligence regarding criminal organizations and others who threaten the safety of our community. Finally, the Organized Crime Division conducts additional criminal investigations of other types, when so assigned by the Sheriff.
To execute these responsibilities, Organized Crime personnel are assigned to three units - the Regional Narcotics Unit, Special Operations Unit, and the Intelligence Unit. Organized Crime Division also manages the HCSO Special Response Team which is assigned to provide tactical enforcement response to critical and high risk incidents.
The Regional Narcotics Unit, a joint task
force with the Cincinnati Police Department, is assigned to investigate those
organizations and individuals primarily responsible for the illegal trafficking
of controlled substances in the Greater Cincinnati area through the operation of
investigative programs in drug intelligence, drug interdiction and undercover
The Special Operations Unit conducts investigations into prostitution, gambling, and pornography occurring in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Special Operations Unit is additionally assigned to investigate retail drug trafficking activity in Hamilton County unincorporated areas, and handles requests for investigative assistance by other law enforcement agencies, when their resources are insufficient to conduct necessary covert initiatives.
The Intelligence Unit collects, analyzes and disseminates law enforcement information pertaining to criminal organizations, terrorism, and hazards to law enforcement officers. The Intelligence Unit also publishes the HCSO Intelligence Bulletin, a periodical for area law enforcement agencies containing information on officer safety and other relevant material. In addition to information processing responsibilities, the Intelligence Unit also provides technical surveillance support to HCSO investigations and to other law enforcement agencies requiring such specialized technical services.
The Special Response Team is assigned to provide tactical enforcement response to critical and high risk incidents, including hostage, barricade and sniper situations, high risk apprehensions and search warrant executions. To prepare for assigned operations, the Special Response Team trains continuously in executing dynamic and deliberate searches, tactical firearms usage, rappelling and physical fitness, and negotiations and technical surveillance training. The Special Response Team is currently composed of officers assigned to the Patrol, Court Services, Corrections, and Organized Crime Divisions.