COVID-19 Procedures.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Deputies will only respond to auto accidents when a person is injured, vehicle blocking traffic way requiring a vehicle tow, or any other unusual circumstances. Drivers involved in minor accidents should exchange information or respond to the nearest Sheriff Enforcement District to file a report. Drivers have 72-hours to report these incidents. Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has established these limited-response procedures during the COVID-19 emergency.

Police Services are provided to residents by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department through a contractual agreement.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Patrol – District 4
6943 Montgomery Rd, Silverton, OH 45236
(513) 936-6220

Emergency 911
Columbia Township (513) 825-2280
Hamilton County (513) 825-1500
City of Cincinnati (513) 765-1212
Traffic Report (513) 946-6220
District 4 (513) 936-6220

Please call 911 for emergencies.
A police emergency is any crime in progress or that has just occurred. This does not include thefts that occurred during the night and were not discovered until morning, loud music or improperly parked cars, or any other violations that do not involve the immediate loss of property or injury to a person. 911 is also for reporting fires or any medical emergency.

The non-emergency telephone number is (513) 825-2280.

Columbia Township currently contracts with Hamilton County Sheriff’s, which deputies and vehicles specifically dedicated to Columbia Township are provided. The deputies assigned to Columbia Township are on duty 24 hours per day, seven days per week and operate under the leadership of District Four Commander, Lieutenant Daniel J. McElroy.

Alarm Drops Fees

Alarm Drop is a as any alarm signal, that elicits a response by police personnel for which there is no evidence of criminal activity to justify a police response. This means that if a police officer responds to an alarm signal and, after investigation, finds no evidence that criminal activity either had occurred or was occurring, the officer will designate the alarm signal as a false alarm. A false alarm may be caused by factors such as human error or equipment malfunction. False alarms shall not include police response to an alarm signal that is cancelled by the alarm user or his agent prior to the arrival of police personnel at the alarm location.

Snow Emergency Information

Pursuant to Attorney General Opinion 86-023 the Sheriff of a County may declare a snow emergency and temporarily close County and Township roads within his jurisdiction for the preservation of the public peace. Attorney General Opinion 97-015 also allows the Sheriff to close State and Municipal roads.
In order to clarify the definition of the snow emergency, Ohio Sheriff’s adopted guidelines to be followed when closing highways due to severe weather. The policy is as follows:

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow

Roadways are hazardous with blowing and drifting snow. Only those who feel it is necessary to drive should be out on the roadways. Contact your employer to see if you should report to work.

All Municipal, Township, County, and State roadways are closed to Non-emergency personnel. No one should be out during these conditions unless it is absolutely necessary to travel. Those traveling on the roadways in violation of this Level III Snow Emergency are subject to arrest