Springfield Police Division

Dear Citizens of Springfield,

On behalf of the Springfield Police Division Officers, Command Staff, and myself, thank you for visiting our website. We sincerely hope that you will find it useful and entertaining. It is our hope that you learn more about your Police Division through the use of this site. We look forward to our continued partnership with the community and making Springfield an even better place to live, work and raise our families.

Stephen P. Moody, Chief

Frequently Asked
What do I need to do in order to hold a block party? - In order to have a block party, a permit must be completed and submitted at least 14 days in advance. You can find the permit here.
How do I get a protection order? - You can contact the City Prosecutor’s Office to find out if you are eligible to request a Temporary Protection Order (TPO).
How do I file charges? - In limited circumstances, charges may be filed directly through the City Prosecutor's Office by obtaining a citizen complaint packet.
How can I talk to a prosecutor about my case? - The prosecutor's office will discuss your case with your attorney or public defender, or you may request a non-attorney pretrial conference.
Can I drop charges? - No. Only the Prosecutor’s Office has authority to drop or dismiss charges with the court’s approval.
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Victim Notification

Victims and witnesses can register with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) notification system to be notified of a criminal alien’s release from custody.

If you are a victim of a crime and would like to register for notification regarding an Ohio inmate, register with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Office of Victim Services.

Police Divisions

Captain Michael Varner

Staff Services Division

Captain Michael Hill

Investigations Division

Captain Lee Graf

Uniform Patrol Division

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to educate the citizens of Springfield with the operation of their Police Division while obtaining valuable feedback from those citizens. The Citizen Police Academy is not intended to serve as an accredited law enforcement course. This is a course designed for the distribution of information on the internal workings of the division.

Class Schedule

The course is a twelve week program. There are two courses held each year, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall.

Class Requirements

General requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • You must not have any prior felony convictions for any crime.
  • Persons with misdemeanor convictions within the past 3 years will not be considered.
  • Persons with misdemeanor convictions involving drugs or violence will not be considered.
  • You must submit to a background check that will include, but not be limited to, criminal and traffic history checks.
  • There is no minimum physical requirements to participate in this course. You will not be asked to do anything that you do not wish to do.

Application

Applications are available here or at the Information Window at the Police Department’s headquarters which is located at 130 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45502. Applications for the fall session will be announced later this year.

Application PDF – Non-Fillable

Application PDF – Fillable

Completed applications can be:

Mailed to the Chief’s Office:  130 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45502

Form can also be dropped off at the Information Window (same address as above) or
emailed to Paula Rich.

Selection Process

Students are selected by the Chief of Police or his designee through an application process. Class size is limited to 20 people. It is anticipated that these classes will fill up quickly. Applications will not be kept on file. A new application must be completed for any future Academy course.

Citizen Academy students will be encouraged, but not required, to ride along with uniformed officers. If the student has a family member who is a Springfield Police Officer, the student may not ride along with their family member, a different officer will be selected for the student to observe. Students who choose to ride along, do so in an observation role only.

Crimes Against Persons

The Crimes Against Persons Unit investigates incidents that involve physical harm to people. This would include homicide, rape, child sexual/physical abuse, felonious assault or aggravated assault. These officers have specialized training in the investigation of these serious incidents. There is currently one sergeant and six officers assigned to these tasks.

Investigations Division: Crimes involving Narcotics

This unit is responsible for the investigation of high level and street level drug dealing, liquor violations, and researching liquor permits. They also work diligently on the prostitution problem. They work various shifts as situations arise. This Unit has one sergeant and five officers assigned to this task. Because of the work these officers do, their identities are protected.

Crimes Against Property

This unit investigates all Crimes Against Property. This would include residential and business burglaries, theft, vandalism, and criminal damaging. This unit also handles forgery, fraud, and identity theft. This unit currently has one sergeant and seven officers assigned to these tasks.

Investigations Division: Report Child Sexual/Physical Abuse

Any suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported by calling Springfield Police Division: (937) 324-7680 or Clark County Sheriff’s Office: (937) 328-2560

Help Solve a Crime

Any one with information about either of the cases below is asked to contact Sgt. Jeff Flores by phone at (937) 324-7694 or Email: jflores@springfieldohio.gov

Investigations Division: Child Advocacy Center

The Police Division places much importance on the children of this community. We will investigate these cases as long as necessary to insure that those who violate the innocent are brought to justice. In order to assist us in this matter, The Clark County Child Advocacy Center was established January 2001. This is a partnership of caring professionals working together, in one child-friendly location, to help children and their families cope with physical and sexual child abuse.

Any suspected child abuse or neglect may be reported by calling Springfield Police Division: (937) 324-7680 or Clark County Sheriff’s Office: (937) 328-2560.

Uniform Patrol Division: Clark State Community College Officers: In January 2009 the City of Springfield entered into an agreement with Clark State Community College for the Springfield Police Division to provide police protection for the college community. The agreement provides two full-time police officers to be assigned to the college. The officers typically work from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In addition to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff, the officers assigned to these positions actively engage in crime prevention, public relations, and mentoring of students enrolled in the Criminal Justice program. The officers have access to all of the resources, equipment, and personnel of the Springfield Police Division to assist them in accomplishing their assignments. The officers provide these services at the Leffel Lane Campus, the Downtown Campus, and all other property owned by the college.

Community Response Team: The Community Response team was formed in November, 2003, in response to the growing needs of the community. This unit is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. This unit currently works from the Substation.

Activities:

  • Elderly victimization awareness courses
  • Development of intelligence on local drug houses
  • Development of website information
  • Annual Operation Santa/Thanksgiving
  • Women self-defense courses
  • General clean-up of neighborhoods

D.A.R.E. – Drug Abuse Resistance Education The Springfield Police Division is dedicated to the protection of children in the community. The division has been active in the D.A.R.E. program since 1990 and remains committed to the education of school children in the importance of leading drug free lives.

Domestic Violence Information

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence, please contact the Police by dialing 911. If you would like more information about Domestic Violence or have a specific matter you would like to discuss please contact:

Project Woman by email or phone at (937) 328-5308 or 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-634-9893 Several Division officers are trained in Domestic Violence education. Should you need a guest speaker on this topic, or any other police related topic, please contact:  Lt. Tom Zawada at tzawada@springfieldohio.gov or by phone at (937) 324-7691.

K-9 Operations

Springfield Police Department has two K-9 units. Hoying and Spike became active in May of 2013. Nichols and Gery became active in May of 2014. Following in the paw prints of Rambo, both Spike and Gery are trained for handler protection, narcotics detection, and tracking. Both K-9 units are certified by the State of Ohio and must re-certify every two years. They formally train together on a weekly basis, but informally train daily.

Metro Housing

The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Springfield Police Division have a contract which allows for 40 hours per week of police services, equipment and supervision to be provided to the Housing Authority. These hours are primarily during the evening. The officer(s) assigned to this program work on any number of issues, as they relate to Housing property. All Metro Officers are sworn police officers of the Division and have full authority to enforce city, state, and federal laws both on and off Metropolitan Housing property.

Neighborhood Crime Watcher

Interested in starting a watch in your neighborhood? Contact the Community Response Team at (937) 324-7728.

School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers work inside their assigned schools. This program is a joint effort between The Springfield City Schools, The Springfield Police Division, and the Federal Government to bring a police presence into the schools. These officers are role models to students as well as an extra set of eyes to assist teachers in their efforts to provide an education to students. Officers are available daily to answer questions and exchange ideas with students, teachers, and parents. School Resource Officers can be contacted by calling their respective schools or by calling (937) 324-7691. All School Resource Officers are sworn police officers of the Division and have full authority to enforce city, state, and federal laws, both on and off school property.

Special Operations Team

It is always our desire that a situation end peacefully. We are, however, prepared to defend the lives of our citizens by whatever means necessary. The Special Operations Team trains regularly in the event that a crisis situation arises.

Vacation Checks

It has been a long standing community service by the Springfield Police Division to provide vacation checks for our citizens while they are away. Every effort is made to periodically check on your home while you are away. This is by no means a guarantee against a break-in or property damage that may be incurred. This is merely another set of eyes to guard against the criminal element.

Should you wish to have your home placed on the Vacation House Checklist, please call (937) 324-7685. Be sure to leave the name of a local relative or friend who can be contacted in case of an emergency.

 

File charges against is an ADULT (18 years old or older):

  • Go to the Municipal Court Prosecutor’s Office and pick up a prosecution packet. The office is located at 50 East Columbia Street on the 4th floor. (Packets can be picked up between 9:30 am and 11:30 am and between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.)
  • Fill out the required information in the prosecution packet.
  • Return the completed packet to the Municipal Court Prosecutor’s Office for review.
  • Following review by a prosecutor, you will be notified of what action will be taken, if any.
  • If a summons is issued, you will be notified by mail as to when you are scheduled to appear in court. If a warrant is issued, once the warrant is served you will be notified as to when you are scheduled to appear in court.
  • Information that you will need to file charges:
    1. Copy of the police report. (report is free of charge and may be obtained at Springfield Police Headquarters located at 130 North Fountain Avenue between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday)
    2. Date and time of the incident.
    3. Suspect name and address.
    4. Witness names, addresses and statements.
    5. Medical reports, if applicable.
    6. Photographs of injuries/damages.
    7. Estimate of damage/loss.
    8. Copy of court order, if applicable.

File charges against is a JUVENILE (under 18 years old):

Unruly activity is defined as behavior that, if committed, would not be a crime if committed by an adult (truancy, disobedience toward parents, etc.)

  • Prior to filing the charge of Unruly against any juvenile (except runaways), the family must seek an assessment at Youth and Family Connections, 1835 Miracle Mile Road, Springfield, Ohio 45505, phone (937) 390-7964.
  • The charge of Unruly may be filed against a runaway prior to seeking an assessment.
  • If an assessment has been sought in the past, file the charge of Unruly by using the procedure for filing Delinquent charges below.

Delinquent activity includes any violation of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC).

  • Go to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and pick up a prosecution packet. The office is located at 50 East Columbia Street on the 4th floor.
  • Fill out the required information in the prosecution packet.
  • Return the completed packet to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.
  • Information that you will need to file charges:
    1. Copy of the police report, if applicable. (report is free of charge and may be obtained at Springfield Police Headquarters located at 130 North Fountain Avenue between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday through Friday)
    2. Date and time of the incident.
    3. Suspect name and address.
    4. Witness names, addresses and statements.
    5. Medical reports, if applicable.
    6. Photos of injuries/damages
    7. Estimates of damage/loss
    8. Copy of a court order, if applicable.

The traffic division is responsible for: investigation of serious injury and fatal accidents, speed control, parking control, hit-skips, monitoring the speed of traffic, and towing.

If you have any questions or wish to report a traffic related problem, please contact Sgt. Brett Bauer by email at bbauer@springfieldohio.gov or by phone at (937) 324-7717.

Speed Control

All traffic officers have advanced training to assist them in this task. The traffic division uses both LASER and RADAR to detect speed. It is the goal of this division to make Springfield streets safe for motorists, pedestrians, and property owners. Please take note of the following intersections, as they are the most dangerous in the city. Please make a special effort while driving in these intersections:

  • East McCreight Avenue and North Limestone Street
  • North Bechtle Avenue and West North Street
  • Belmont Avenue and East Main Street
  • Burnett Avenue and East Main Street
  • West John Street and South Limestone Street
  • Columbia Street and Fountain Avenue
  • North Spring Street and West North Street
  • East Home Road and North Limestone Street
  • South Spring Street and West High Street
  • Spring Street and Main Street

Mobile Speed Trailer

The Police Division uses a mobile speed trailer, which can be placed in most areas of the city. It has a mobile computer that keeps digital information on the speed of vehicles during certain hours. The trailer is alarmed to prevent its theft. The trailer can be placed within your neighborhood if you are having speed problems/concerns.

Parking Control

The Police Division has two parking control attendants who address parking control problems. These problems include both public and private property. Some of the problems that these attendants deal with are junk/abandoned vehicles, expired license plates, time violations (2 hr. parking downtown) and inoperable motor vehicles on private property.

Hit-Skip

A vehicle that is involved in an accident where the driver fails to stop is called a Hit-Skip. This is a serious problem, not only in Springfield, but around the country. Every effort is made to locate these suspect drivers, and bring them to justice. If you have information concerning a hit-skip suspect please contact Sgt. Brett Bauer by phone at (937) 324-7717 or Email: bbauer@springfieldohio.gov.

Towing

The Codified Ordinances of the City of Springfield requires the Police Division to remove vehicles that are creating a problem with traffic, parking, or private property. The city contracts with a licensed, certified towing agency to perform this task. If you have questions about a vehicle that has been towed or need information about this subject, you can contact the Traffic Division at (937) 324-7717 or Maine’s at (937) 322-4618. The police impound lot is located on Maine’s property at 1717 East Pleasant Street.

The Police Division has recovered thousands of stolen/lost items over time. Every effort is made to return these items to their rightful owners.

Recovery
If you have any lost or stolen items, that you believe may have been recovered, please call (937) 324-7659 to set up an appointment to view recovered item(s) for identification.

Information

Police records are public information. The records are kept at 130 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield, Ohio 45502. These records can be picked up at that location. There is no fee for the first nine pages of the requested information. After nine pages, there is a fee of ten cents for each page. These documents can also be requested by mail; however commercial mail requests are limited to 3 per month. Please furnish a self-addressed, stamped envelope, along with the requested information. There may be a fee to copy photographs and some other, more technical, documents. You may call (937) 324-7710 or (937) 324-7611 if you have a specific question.

Request Records

The following information is necessary when requesting records:

  • Name, date of birth, and social security number of the person.
  • If this is an incident/accident request, the date and location of the event is necessary.
  • Warrant information can only be released to other law enforcement agencies and the military.
  • Juvenile records will not be released to anyone for any purpose.
  • Requests from other law enforcement agencies can be faxed to (937) 324-8947. – Faxes for records information from the general public can not be accepted
  • Fingerprinting is performed by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office at the WebCheck Station.
  • Parole registration is done Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 am-1:30 pm.
  • Sex offender registration is done at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Please call (937) 328-2560 if you have questions about registration.

Crime Scene Investigations

The Crime Scene Unit is responsible for the documentation and, along with the Crime Lab, analysis of crime scenes. This can be a very large undertaking, as some crime scenes are very large and complicated. The officers assigned to the Crime Scene Unit have advanced training in this field and are utilized in major crime scene investigations. These officers are available on a 24 hour basis as situations arise. This unit is also responsible for the very large task of receiving, documenting, and storing all evidence and property received by the Police Division. Tens of thousands of items are received annually by this Unit. The effective handling of these items is essential to the prosecution of the guilty and the defense of the innocent. There is currently one lieutenant, one sergeant, two patrol officers, and one civilian assigned to the Crime Scene Unit. All Springfield Police Division Officers have basic training in evidence collection techniques.

Crime Lab

The Springfield Police Division is a regional Crime Lab for the area. Adjoining jurisdictions can utilize the lab for analysis of evidence. Some of the things that the lab can test are ballistics, blood evidence, gunpowder residue, drug analysis, hair, and fiber evidence.

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