The Special Operations Division is made up of all support services. These support services generally enhance the operations of Crime Prevention, Criminal Division and Patrol Division. These special operations are; Bike Patrol, D.A.R.E., K-9 Unit, Marine Patrol, Motorcycle Unit, and Underwater recovery unit.
The officers that man many of these special operations are officers from all other divisions that volunteer for the extra duty. The D.A.R.E. program has a full time officer assigned, who must be certified by Ohio as a D.A.R.E. instructor. The K-9 Unit has two full time officers that are also responsible to maintain and care for their canine partners.
We are very proud and pleased to be able to provide these enhanced services to the citizens of Pickaway County. We are also very proud of our personnel who wish to take the initiative and have the drive to complete the extra training requirements of these special units.
The bike patrol is utilized in the County’s sub-divisions. It allows for closer contact with the public and gains closer relationship with officers and youth. The bike patrol has proven to be valuable in working crowd control, providing a much quicker response. Large area events such as at the Pumpkin Show are difficult to respond on emergencies inside the crowd area. The bikes can go where a car cannot.
COURT HOUSE SECURITY
Over the years security has always been a must, but these days it’s an absolute! With the rise of criminal terrorism the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office strives on meeting those needs by providing services such a courthouse security. Down below are the services the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office provides to the county courthouse.
» Weapons check for all visitors to the courthouse
» There are more than 5000 courthouse visitors per month ( 30 per hour )
» Courtroom Security
» Office Security
» Video Surveillance
Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) started in 1990 with Sgt. Harold G. Hopkins as D.A.R.E. officer. In 1997 Sgt. Hopkins retired and Deputy Thomas became our D.A.R.E. officer.
The D.A.R.E. program is a cooperative effort of The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and Pickaway County Local Schools to teach drug abuse resistance to students of primary “at risk” age groups. The program seeks to help students avoid peer pressure and pitfalls associated with drug abuse.
The K-9 Unit is assigned to Road Patrol Division. Both Deputy Wallace with K-9 Turpin and Deputy Harger with K-9 Aron respond to calls and handle reports as any other patrol deputy. They have the added responsibility of assisting with vehicle searches for drug interdiction and on field tracking for criminal suspects, suspect apprehension, and missing persons. Turpin and Aron are sworn police officers. They both have a commission and a badge.
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol is operated through a grant from Ohio Department of Natural Resources and funding from Monroe Township to provide enforcement and public safety response to Deer Creek Lake. Enforcement activities include responding to; drowning calls, watercraft violations, water craft inspections and assisting stranded boats. The patrol is seasonal and supplements the patrols by O D N R. The Marine Patrol is manned by volunteer officers from Deputy Sheriff’s and all other divisions of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. Officers are required to complete additional training on watercraft safety and laws.
The motorcycles are used for patrol and traffic enforcement duties. The Motorcycles are donated through a program at no cost to the county and manned by officers volunteering for the duty. The motorcycles are used to escort parades, funeral escorts, and dignitary escorts.
The Pickaway County Sheriff’s underwater recovery is headed by John Sanders and volunteer divers. The unit is a specialized unit, and responds for recovery of drowning victims and evidence retrieval from Pickaway County lakes, ponds, and waterways. The unit responds on a call out bases and has been utilized on many accidental and criminal cases. Pickaway County Underwater Recovery is recognized nationally and has been called upon by other jurisdictions across the United States.