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Colerain Township May End Sheriff's Patrols
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A local community finds itself at odds with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.
Tuesday night the Colerain Township administrator plans to recommend that trustees end patrols by sheriff's deputies. A vote by trustees could come Tuesday evening.
Colerain Township administrator Jim Rowan is going to ask the trustees to end the contract they have with the sheriff's office for patrol services. The township has contracted with the sheriff's office for some time. But Rowan says the relationship has been strained, especially since the sheriff's office cut the number of deputies patrolling Colerain Township last year.
13 deputies used to patrol; that number was cut to six due to budget cuts. Rowan says that is costing the township 376,000 dollars a year so the township is paying the same amount for less service.
Rowan plans to take 8 volunteer reserve officers and hire four of them as full time officers and four as part time officers to fill the gap.
Rowan said, "The Hamilton County sheriff's department receives tax dollars from Colerain Township. If they chose to patrol in this township just like the state highway patrol they can do that. We're just not interested in continuing to pay them 376,000 to do that."
Jim Rowan says there are also differences in policing philosophies between Colerain Township and the sheriff's office. One difference: the sheriff's office uses tasers while Colerain Township does not.
Colerain Township trustees are expected to approve the creation of a public safety director position Tuesday night. Police chief Dan Melloy will take that job and will oversee the police and fire departments. He will look at ways to share services and cut costs.