Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Court Services

The Court Services Division is a multi-faceted operation with diverse responsibilities and is divided into three sections; Court Security, Field Operations and Operations Sections.

Child Support Enforcement

The Child Support Enforcement Unit is responsible for child support warrants issue by Domestic Relations and Juvenile Courts and deputies are assigned to apprehend child support violators.

Court Security

The Court Security Unit is responsible for providing a safe and secure atmosphere so the Courthouse and other County administrative buildings’ functions can be conducted with proper dignity and decorum. 

Civil Enforcement

The Civil Enforcement Unit represents the Sheriff’s Office in the area of property sales (mortgage foreclosure, tax foreclosure and tax lien certificates) and property seizures (possession orders, replevin orders, attachments and levies of execution).

Explosive Detection Canine Team

The Court Services Division is home for two explosive detection canines. These canines are highly trained to detect materials commonly used to produce commercial and homemade explosive devices. They are frequently called upon to search areas prior to dignitary visits, major sporting events, entertainment venues and events that attract a large number of citizens. 

Fugitive Warrants

The Fugitive Warrant Unit is responsible for service of Grand Jury Indictments, capias and warrants from Common Pleas Courts. Several deputies within the Fugitive Warrant Unit have a working relationship with the United States Marshals via a specialized unit known as the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team (SOFAST). Deputies assigned to SOFAST are deputized as United States Deputy Marshals and have multi-state arrest power.  SOFAST’s mission is to coordinate warrant service with other local, state, and federal agencies with the intent to concentrate on the most serious wanted fugitives.

Probate Unit

The Probate Unit is responsible for service of Probate Court warrants and capias, transportation of subjects between hospitals and the Court.  The deputies assigned to this unit maintain security in the courtroom during probate hearings. This is a very sensitive assignment due to the nature of being directly involved with mentally ill individuals.

Offender Registration

The Offender Registration Unit operates by decree of the Ohio Revised Code which mandates the duty and responsibility for arson, sex and violent offender registration as a responsibility of the Sheriff’s Office.

Process Unit

The Process Unit is responsible for processing summons, complaints, indictments, stalking orders, domestic violence protection orders, stay away orders, vacate orders, subpoenas, garnishments, orders for judgment, notary subpoenas, and probate papers. Additional responsibilities include Foreign County and out of state process. All processes received are entered into a database and given to uniformed deputies for service.


The Transportation Unit is responsible for transporting convicted prisoners to the Ohio Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and return wanted fugitives from other jurisdictions.

Jail Services

Corrections Officers play a critical role in the custody, security, and treatment of inmates or detainees while learning and developing the interpersonal skills required to perform a range of corrections officer assignments. Working in the jail provides valuable experience, knowledge, and communication to prepare Deputies to move into various roles within the Sheriff’s Office.

Our employment process is rigorous, and we only select those few who are passionate about engaging with their community and serving those around them. Due to the significance of the sworn position, applicants must always be truthful in their application responses and during the entire certification/hiring process. Failure to be truthful during the certification/employment process may disqualify an applicant. Truthfulness and candor in this application process are important requirements for becoming a Correctional Officer.

Corrections Academy

Corrections Officers are hired into our 10-week, paid Corrections Academy, where they learn Teamwork, Inmate communication/de-escalation tactics, Teamwork, physical conditioning, defensive tactics, first aid, and laws/regulations. Students must meet the testing, attendance, and physical conditioning requirements to complete the Academy successfully. Recruits learn a sense of community and Accountability the HCSO way:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a High School Diplo9ma or GED equivalence
  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving history
  • Candidate must be able to pass a drug screening, medical examination by a licensed physician, and a CVSA (lie detector)
  • Candidate must be 18 years of age prior to the hire date
  • Candidate must be a U.S. citizen or Naturalization Certified
  • Candidate must have a clean criminal record, including no felony convictions
  • Candidate must not have had a DUI conviction within the past five years and no more than two in a lifetime
  • Candidate must have an Honorable Military Discharge, if applicable

Applicants may be disqualified from consideration for certification/employment as a Correctional Officer if it is determined that the applicant:

  • Was untruthful, deliberately omitted, concealed, or falsified relevant facts during the certification/employment consideration process;
  • Been convicted of a felony;
  • Committed serious employment-related crimes;
  • Sold illegal drugs;
  • Used illegal drugs within a specific period of time; OR
  • Acquired extensive debt or evidence of extreme financial negligence


Corrections Officers work 12-hour shifts: 7 am – 7 pm or 7 pm to 7 am. There is occasionally mandatory overtime in 4-hour increments. There is also a mandatory shift that is worked once every 30 days.

Please note:  If you apply for a corrections officer position, most communication(s) from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be via email. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure your email address is current in your online profile and that you check your email, including “Spam” and “Junk” folders, to ensure you do not miss any notifications. In addition to checking your personal email account, you may also check for notifications by logging in to the online application system and utilizing your login and password.