Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office


Enforcement consists of the Patrol Section, Criminal Investigation Section, the Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit (RENU), and the Support Operation Section. Each section also includes a number of specialized units.

Patrol Section

The Patrol Section is responsible for providing primary police service to the following 8 unincorporated townships within Hamilton County: Anderson Township, Sycamore Township, Symmes Township, Columbia Township, Whitewater Township, Harrison Township, Crosby Township, and Miami Township.  In addition, the Patrol Section provides primary police service to the Village of North Bend, the Village of Cleves, the Village of Silverton, and the Village of Lincoln Heights. These 12 jurisdictions surround the City of Cincinnati and encompass more than 135,000 residents, 207 square miles, and more than 1,000 miles of federal, state, county, and township roadways.

In addition to providing primary police services, the Patrol Section oversees several units which work in conjunction with our officers on the road, including: Aviation, Canine Unit, Heavy Weapons, Hamilton County Police Association Honor Guard, Hamilton County Police Association SWAT, Underwater Search & Rescue, Hazardous Devices Unit, and Marine Patrol.

Criminal Investigations Section

The Criminal Investigations Section investigates property crimes, such as fraud or burglary, as well as personal crimes, such as homicides or assault, and additional criminal investigations when assigned by the Sheriff.

Intelligence Unit

The Intelligence Unit assists all of Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU) and the Regional Electronics and Computer Investigative Unit (RECI), Criminal Investigations Section, Fugitive Warrants Unit, Courts and the Jail as well as other local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The Unit’s operations focus on monitoring tactical and strategic intelligence priorities. It is built on the key tenets of problem-solving and intelligence-led policing. The Unit also specializes in advanced crime analysis.

Organized Crime Section

The Organized Crime Section conducts investigations regarding drug trafficking, prostitution, pornography, gambling, computer related crimes and other organized criminal activity.  To conduct these types of investigations the Organized Crime Section consists of two units:  The Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU), and the Regional Electronics and Computer Investigative Unit (RECI).

Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU) 

The RENU is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force that is comprised of Narcotics Agents from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Cheviot Police Department, Green Township Police Department as well as Sycamore and Anderson Townships. The unit is designed to investigate criminal organizations and individuals primarily responsible for the illegal trafficking of controlled substances in the Greater Cincinnati area through the operation of investigative programs, including but not limited to, drug intelligence, drug interdiction and undercover operatives.

Regional Electronics and Computer Investigations Unit (RECI)

The RECI unit is a multi-jurisdictional task force that investigates electronic or computer-related crimes, including hacking, telecommunications fraud, software piracy, child pornography, forgery, counterfeiting, and offenses committed with or by portable devices. RECI also provides forensic laboratory capabilities and serves as a high-tech resource for law enforcement. RECI is composed of Investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and the Cincinnati Police Division and works closely with local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies in the Greater Cincinnati area and is a core component of the Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Support Operations

The Support Operations Section is responsible for providing support to various Enforcement Division operations.  The following is a list of law enforcement related programs that support these operations:  Traffic Safety Services, Aviation Support (Helicopter / Drone), Hazardous Devices Support (Bomb Squad), Waterway Support (Marine Patrol & Dive Team), Training, Special Deputy Program (Auxiliary Sheriff’s), Property / Evidence Storage, Fleet Management & Services, Outside Employment Contract Services, Fiscal Accounting Services, Special Event Planning and Inspections.