- Established a rigid departmental physical fitness and weight standard for personnel,
requiring continued compliance and has provided out of drug forfeiture monies several
physical fitness facilities for his personnel to maintain those standards, to the benefit
of the individuals and the public they serve.
- Established strict personnel appearance standards which resulted in national
recognition of Sheriff's Office in 1991 as "Best Dressed County Sheriff's
Obtained federal court authorization for partial double cell-ing of inmates in the Just
Center to minimize the need to early release prisoners due to overcrowding, and continues
to seek building of a new detention facility as replacement for the temporary Queensgate
facility, to assure overcrowding and early releases do not again occur in Hamilton County.
Increased law enforcement coverage to the townships in Hamilton County through both
County and Township contract funded units.
Increased security to Hamilton County courts through addition of a special court
security and response unit within the Sheriff's Court Service Division; and will in the
near future provide even greater security through mandates of the courts and county
Sheriff's Office law enforcement and corrections training programs have been upgraded;
recognized statewide for excellence; and are used by other agencies. A new Patrol Training
Academy facility was at virtually no expense to taxpayers, through use of drug forfeiture
Establishment of Sheriff's Aviation Unit with purchase of first helicopter in 1989;
obtaining of a second helicopter in 1994; all out of drug forfeiture funds. This unit
provides aerial support not only for Sheriff's Office but in assistance of adjacent
Established Sheriff's Marine Patrol in 1988 with the obtaining of Sheriff's first boat.
The Marine Patrol Unit currently has 3 boats and 2 wave runners, providing much needed
enforcement and patrol of the Ohio River and tributaries in Hamilton County. This was
accomplished at minimal expense to taxpayers, through use of ODNR grants and drug
Enhanced the capabilities of the Sheriff's Hazardous Devices Unit through specialized
training of additional personnel and securing of an updated bomb transport trailer and a
Initiated use of motorcycles for specialized and high visibility patrol purposes,
currently having 4 cycles, one of which is part of the Symmes Township contract.
Expanded upon the regional concept of drug enforcement, through reorganization of a
previous regional drug unit into the current Hamilton County - Cincinnati Regional
Narcotics Unit (RENU); and in 1994 with the initiation of a 4 car / drug dog unit
"Highway Interdiction Squad" assigned to RENU.
Established the "Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program" within
school districts served by the Sheriff's Office.
Enhanced and expedited prisoner processing and criminal identification of offenders,
through obtaining latest technology mugshot system and participation in the countywide
Automated fingerprint Identification System (A.F.I.S.).
Increased Sheriff's K-9 units from 1 to 4, two of which are drug dogs serving patrol,
corrections, courts, and highway interdiction needs.
Initiated an on-going program of internal computerization of Sheriff's Office
administrative and statute recordkeeping responsibilities.
Obtained latest technology in specialized investigative equipment including voice
stress analyzer, covert tracking systems, etc..
Established "Underwater Search & Recovery (DIVE) Team," providing for
most of the necessary equipment and the boat through use of drug forfeiture monies.
Established ceremonial color guards within both the Patrol and Corrections Divisions,
and in 1993 formed the Sheriff's Bagpipe and Drum Corps, all of which are in demand for
ceremonial and other functions throughout Hamilton County and adjacent areas.
Established community service work details whereby incarcerated inmates may volunteer
for service projects to the benefit of several local government and charitable entities.
Further utilizing the regional concept of law enforcement, created the Regional
Electronics Computer Intelligence Task Force; a unique blend of local and federal law
enforcement with a corporate advisory committee. The task force was designed to combat
high-tech crime and offer high-tech forensic services to the law enforcement community,
both locally as well as federally.