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The Findlay Police Department has been serving the community since 1887 and has evolved into an organization with an authorized strength of 73 sworn officers and 19 non-sworn support personnel. The Department has three divisions including Patrol, Detectives and Special Services. In November 2012, the Department was awarded full accreditation through The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

The Patrol Division is responsible for community policing and makes use of both marked and unmarked cars. It also utilizes several trained bike patrol officers and a K-9 trained in narcotics detection and apprehension. The Detective Division includes the Vice Narcotics Unit, which is attached to the Hancock County Drug Task Force, METRICH Enforcement Unit. The Special Services Division is multi-faceted, overseeing the Property Officer, Crime Prevention, and Parking and Records as well as the day-to-day operations of the Communications Center

The command structure of the Findlay Police Department is comprised of Chief of Police Greg Horne, a Captain, and three Lieutenants, each of which supervises a division. There are 9 Sergeants, one assigned to the Vice Narcotics Unit, one to the Crime Prevention office, six to the Patrol Division and one to the accreditation process.

The Police department is located in the FindlayMunicipalBuilding at 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 207 Findlay, Ohio 45840. Map
  Office hours: Administration 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday
    Detectives  8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday 
    Dispatch 24 hours a day
    Crime Prevention 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday
    Property Room 8:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Friday
Contacts in the Findlay Police Department
Patrol Division
The Patrol Division Officers are the frontline in prevention, detection, and solving of crime in the City.  They are normally the first police personnel that the public come into contact with when they need assistance.  Patrol Division Officers are responsible for responding to calls for service, such as traffic accidents and criminal complaints.  These officers are usually found patrolling the City in marked cruisers, although on some occasions, they are used for plainclothes details.
This division is broke down to separate shifts. There are three different shifts within the Patrol Division, day shift runs from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., afternoon shift runs from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and midnight shift, runs from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Each shift has two Sergeants assigned to it, as first line supervisors. These Sergeants report to the Patrol Division Lieutenant. 
Detective Division
The Detective Division has an allotted manpower of 7 detectives, and 1 lieutenant.  Detectives handle the further investigation of cases that the patrol division receives which would be too work intensive for regular officers to work effectively.  Detectives are also assigned to the Vice Narcotics Unit which operates as a separate unit for the purpose of investigating vice and drug violations. This unit includes 4 detectives and a Sergeant. The Vice Narcotics Unit has united with the Hancock County Sheriff's office and the Hancock County Prosecutors Office to form the Hancock County Drug Task Force, METRICH Enforcement Unit. This is a county wide drug task force responsible for investigating narcotics investigations in and around HancockCounty.  This task force is part of the METRICH Enforcement Unit.
Special Services Division
The Special Services Division includes the functions of Crime Prevention, Court Services, Property Management, Records Management, Parking Control, and Training.

The Crime Prevention office was created in 1980. The main focus is to enhance community awareness on preventing crime. This officer visits city schools and educates local children about safety and laws that affect them, giving the children a positive look at law enforcement. The Crime Prevention Office also serves the community on topics of interest and provides educational assistance for various topics.  National Crime Prevention Council and Ohio Attorney General and Crime Statistics for Findlay and Hancock County 

An officer is assigned full time to receiving and storing of evidence and the other wide variety of items and materials that are turned over to the Police Department for safekeeping in the property room.

Court officer services are supplied by a full-time police officer who is responsible for the transport of prisoners, service of papers, and safety of court personnel.

Three records clerks are assigned to data entry, filing, retrieving and storage of reports generated by the various divisions of the department. Parking Control is provided by one full time civilian parking enforcement representative.
Crisis Management Team

The Findlay Police Department has a Crisis Management Team (CMT) that is composed of four elements:  The Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Crisis Negotiator Team (CNT), Tactical Medics (TEMS), and Tactical Dispatchers. 

The Emergency Response Team is led by a Tactical Commander, who is in charge of the ERT.  The ERT is composed of two eight man teams with each team being led by a Team Leader.

The Crisis Negotiator Team is composed of a Lead Negotiator plus two negotiators.  The Tactical Medics are composed of Lead Medic plus two additional medics.  The Tactical Dispatchers are composed of a Lead Dispatcher plus two additional dispatchers. 


Each element leader reports to the Crisis Management Team Commander, who is in charge of the entire team.  The CMT Commander is also the Incident Commander on call outs of the Crisis Management Team.


The entire CMT is called out on various types of emergency situations such as barricaded subjects as well as hostage situations.  The ERT element is used to serve high risk arrest warrants or search warrants, such as for narcotics or for situations involving violent subjects.


The ERT has been trained by the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) in the areas of Search Warrant Service and Hostage Rescue.  The CNT has been trained by the NTOA in the area of Crisis Negotiations.  The CMT trains on a monthly basis.

The Findlay Police Communications Center is the central answering point for public safety agencies within the City. The Center receives requests for emergency services from the public through an Enhanced 911 telephone system. In addition, non-emergency calls for police, fire and other departments are handled by the Center.
Communications Officers use a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to assist in call taking and dispatching operations. This system provides a quick and accurate way to document location and other incident information provided by the caller. It also helps track available and dispatched officers and fire/rescue units.
There are currently eleven full-time Communications Officers employed by the Findlay Police Department. All are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers and are trained to assess medical calls and give pre-arrival instructions. They are also certified in FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS). Several have also gone on to receive federal certification in Household Hazardous Materials, Multi-hazard Emergency Planning, Radiological Emergency Management and Basic Incident Command.

The City of Findlay is in the process of converting over to the State of Ohio MARCS system.
City of Findlay, Municipal Building, 318 Dorney Plaza, Findlay OH 45840

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