Mission Statement: The mission of the Ross Township Police Department is to maintain the quality of life we enjoy and to ensure our Township is a safe place to live, work and visit. We will enforce the law impartially, while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism at all times. We are committed to this mission and uphold our responsibilities toward a goal of excellence and dedication to the community we serve.
The Ross Township Police Department began in 1956 and is a community oriented law enforcement agency that provides 24 hour coverage to
approximately 8,300 residents over an area of nearly 36 square miles. The Department currently has an authorized strength of 17 sworn
officers consisting of one full time chief of police, 14 part time patrol officers, one detective and one school resource officer.
Ross Township Police Officers responded to approximately 4,865 calls for service in 2013. Those calls included, but were not limited to,
motor vehicle crashes, assaults, burglaries, domestic disturbances, drug offenses, traffic enforcement, residential and commercial alarms and a
variety of other criminal and non-criminal incidents. The total number of calls for service does not necessarily include calls made to the
police department, or self-initiated activity for each officer that results in an arrest report or other documentation.
Ross Township’s detective section has a number of investigative responsibilities which include preparing criminal cases for prosecution, conducting new-hire background checks, intelligence gathering, investigating unsolved crimes, recovering stolen property and processing crime scenes to preserve evidence.
The School Resource Officer is assigned to the detective section and serves the faculty and students of Ross Local Schools. They are responsible for creating and maintaining a safer school environment and serve as the primary liaison between the police department and school district.
Ross Township Police Officers Are Police Constables
A Police Constables duties are defined under the Ohio revised Code
as follows 509.05
Powers and duties of police constables.
In addition to the county sheriff, constables shall be
ministerial officers of the county court in all cases in their
respective townships, and in criminal cases, they shall be such
officers within the county. They shall apprehend and bring to
justice felons and disturbers of the peace, suppress riots, and keep
and preserve the peace within the county. They may execute all writs
and process, in criminal cases, throughout the county in which they
reside, and in which they were elected or appointed. If a person
charged with the commission of a crime or offense flees from
justice, any constable of the county wherein such crime or offense
was committed shall pursue and arrest such fugitive in any other
county of the state and convey him before the county court of the
county where such crime or offense was committed.
Such constables shall serve and execute all warrants, writs,
precepts, executions, and other process directed and delivered to
them, and shall do all things pertaining to the office of constable.
The authority of a constable in serving any process, either civil
or criminal, and in doing his duties generally shall extend
throughout the county in which he is appointed, and in executing and
serving process issued by a judge of the county court, he may
exercise the same authority and powers over goods and chattels, and
the persons of parties, as is granted to a sheriff or coroner, under
like process issued from courts of record.
A constable may participate, as the director of an organized crime task force established under section 177.02 of the Ohio Revised Code or as a member of the investigatory staff of such a task force, in an investigation of organized criminal activity in any county or counties in this state under sections 177.01 to 177.03 of the Revised Code.
Helpful information to protect you and your home:
Integrity–Our actions and relationship
with the community are guided by an internal sense of honesty and
Professionalism–Our conduct and demeanor
display the highest standard of personal and organizational
Diversity–Our members recognize
differences as a strength in our organization and community.
Accountability–Our duty is to promote
public trust by upholding our obligations to the department and
Vigilance–Our responsibility is to be alert to issues and activities impacting our community.