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.