Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Community Affairs

Sheriff McGuffey is dedicated to improving how the Sheriff’s Office engages with the community and when taking office, created this new division to build a trusting, reliable, and mutually beneficial relationship with the community

Major Jackie Reed, A 33-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office oversees the Community Affairs Division.

Call Center – A Call Center was created to personally assist the public in navigating the justice system when they have questions or concerns about such things as upcoming court appearances, location of court rooms, problem solving and connecting them to the appropriate persons in the department. The Call Center office is in Room 105, located just outside courtrooms A and B in the Justice Center, so we offer the public in-person assistance as well. We also work closely with the Clerk of Courts Office, Public Defenders’ Office and Pretrial Services. Through an interpreter service, we can accommodate individuals who may have language barriers. The number to reach a staff member through the Call Center is 513-946-6565. In 2021, we responded to over 35,000 calls.

Mask Up Hamilton CountyThe Sheriff’s Office distributed thousands of masks throughout the county and to the public visiting the Justice Center and courtrooms.

Internship Program – Community Affairs oversees the Sheriff’s Internship Program for college students. Students are assigned placement in all divisions of the department and a final evaluation is completed for them to earn college credits.

Food Delivery – Working with community organizations such as the Free Store Foodbank and Tikkun’s Farm, we provide food delivery several times per week to locations in the immigrant community. This outreach has built trust and strengthened relationships in the community.

Community Engagement – This year brought numerous opportunities to participate in activities in Lincoln Heights and Silverton, two of the neighborhoods patrolled by the Sheriff’s Office:

 Lincoln Heights – In August, we celebrated with Lincoln Heights during its 75th anniversary in partnership with Seven Hills Church. We brought the Harlem Legends to town for a basketball game with young people in the community, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, and the Harlem Legends. It was a wonderful community event. Our deputies also participated in its National Night Out block party.

Holiday with the Sheriff – In December, we hosted a Holiday with the Sheriff event in both Lincoln Heights and Silverton for area families. Pizza and gifts were distributed, prizes given, and each child and family had the opportunity to have a picture with the Sheriff to take home with them.

 Shelter House – Staff distributed hats to those experiencing homelessness.

Identification Kits – In partnership with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, we distributed thousands of child identification kits to all first-grade classrooms in the County.