Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Investigations & Intelligence

The Investigations & Intelligence Division consists of the Intelligence Unit, Criminal Investigation Section, and Organized Crime Section. Each section also includes several specialized units.

Intelligence Unit

The Intelligence Unit assists all of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol, Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU), 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.

Criminal Investigations Section

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

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 is 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.

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.