Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office
Submit a Compliment or Complaint
How to File a Compliment / Complaint
- Pick up and complete a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Complaint form. Forms are available at all Sheriff’s Office locations or you can submit the online form below.
- Turn in the completed form to any supervisor of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, mail the form to the Professional Standards Division, or submit the online form below.
- The complaint will be immediately referred to the employee’s supervisor for investigation or to the Professional Standards Division. If a supervisor is named or involved in the complaint, then the complaint will be referred to another supervisor.
- Once a complaint is reviewed, the supervisor investigating the complaint will contact you within a reasonable amount of time.
- If the complaint is forwarded to the Professional Standards Division for investigation, the complainant, witnesses and employee may be formally interviewed.
- After an investigation is complete, the disposition of the complaint will be summarized and sent to the Chief Deputy for review. You will be notified of the outcome of your complaint. Please keep in mind investigations take time to thoroughly complete so please be patient to ensure a proper investigation can be conducted.
- When an anonymous complaint is made against an employee and there is no independent corroborating evidence, the complaint shall be classified as unfounded.
If you suspect an employee of committing a crime, you must contact the agency with jurisdiction of where the crime occurred. The Professional Standards Division does not conduct criminal investigations.
Any questions or concerns about complaints against Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office employees can be directed to the Professional Standards Division.
The most appropriate person to file a complaint is the person experiencing or witnessing alleged employee misconduct rather than uninvolved third parties. We will need the cooperation of the involved party to ensure a successful investigation. However, parents or guardians should feel free to make complaints on behalf of their minor children.
Find a PDF version of the Compliment/Complaint form here.
Ohio Revised Code Section 2921.15 | Making false allegation of peace officer misconduct.
- (A) As used in this section, “peace officer” has the same meaning as in section 2935.01 of the Revised Code.
- (B) No person shall knowingly file a complaint against a peace officer that alleges that the peace officer engaged in misconduct in the performance of the officer’s duties if the person knows that the allegation is false.
- (C) Whoever violates division (B) of this section is guilty of making a false allegation of peace officer misconduct, a misdemeanor of the first degree.