I would like to welcome and thank you for visiting the Bluffton police department's website. I view this media as a vital asset that allows us to keep the public informed about important events as well as provide information about our department.
Our department is comprised of eight full-time officers and nine part-time officers. We provide 24/7 patrol throughout the community, which includes the 288 acre campus of Bluffton University. Officers routinely patrol using cruisers, bicycles, and on foot patrol. In 2015, our officers responded to 4,353 calls for service.
All Bluffton police officers must complete, at a minimum, the State of Ohio Basic Peace Officer training program. Additionally, all officers must maintain State of Ohio First Responder certification. The combination of these two certifications allows us to provide quality emergency services response throughout the community, whatever the emergency. All full-time, and the majority of part-time officers, have completed a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, which better prepares them for dealing with emotionally charged incidents. Officers, by virtue of being on duty 24/7, are frequently the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency, and are trained and equipped to initiate a response/care plan.
Our modern police facilities were completed during the 2008 remodeling of our entire town hall location. Completely outfitted with updated electronics and technology, our station is the envy of many citizens and police officers visiting the department. Officers are able to conduct multiple simultaneous interviews without fear of compromising information or evidence for lack of space in which to work.
Bluffton sits in both Allen and Hancock Counties, resulting in criminal cases potentially being filed in either Lima or Findlay Courts.
Our officers took a community policing approach to how we conduct ourselves long before the term "Community Policing" was coined and used by the Department of Justice. In addition to the emergency response, our officers continue to check businesses nightly, provide residential house checks for those vacationing, or out of town, (as available) unlock motor vehicles and private residences, (as available) assist with inked civilian finger printing, and help facilitate with community assistance and other social programs.
In closing, I'd like to extend an invitation to you to stop by the police department for a tour, bring a concern to my attention, or simply see how your tax dollars are utilized in the process of providing public safety. It's an honor to have been selected Chief of Police and to serve this community. I work diligently on a daily basis to insure our officers project, portray, and live up to that expectation as well.