The Blanchester Police Department is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, by our full-time and part-time officers who answer a little over 2,000 calls for service each year. We have a contract with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office to provide dispatch services to us. The dispatch desk can be contacted at (937)783-2431 or (937)382-1611. The police station phone number is (937)783-4702. However, if you phone the police station, it may take up to 8 hours to receive a return call as our limited budget does not allow for an office staff. We try to operate as efficiently as possible by stretching your tax dollars. This means that we prioritize our work: reported crime receives first priority, and therefore, if you’re calling about something that is not a crime you may have a wait before you hear from an officer. While this may be inconvenient when you lock your keys in your car (a low priority response), you will find it a very beneficial approach if there is a prowler in your backyard (a high priority response).
REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM
We have one officer certified by the National Rifle Association as an instructer in the "Refuse to be a Victim" crime prevention program. He is available to give presentations to groups, large or small, at any time. Just call the police station for details. We also have an abundance of handout material on the fundamentals of crime prevention that can be obtained from any of our police officers. The department also has a tip line: (937)783-4702, ext. 19. This number can be reached any time, day or night.
POLICE SPORTS PARTNERSHIP
The police department uses funds obtained from the sale of forfeited contraband to fund the Police Sports Partnership program, which is an outreach program for the youth. As part of this program, the department sponsers yough athletic teams with police officers assisting with coaching. We also hold a monthly "Skate Night" at the Dewey Brothers Memorial Park in downtown Blanchester during warm weather. this is simply a night where we clear a paved parking lot and set up ramps for a "safe skate" experience for the skateboarders in town.
The Blanchester Police Department accepts employment application ongoing, attached is a printable copy of their employment application.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF OF POLICE
The vast majority of police department websites include a photograph of the department’s police cars and a description of the advanced equipment the department owns. You won’t find that on our website, because I take pride in our people and our approach, not in a piece of expensive equipment. The Blanchester Police Department employs officers who see themselves as "peace officers" whose primary goal is to maintain the tranquility of the community. Sometimes that will involve making arrests, sometimes problems can be solved using other solutions.
You might also be surprised to see that our website doesn’t feature a "mission statement" for the department. That’s because I believe effective policing is demonstrated in action, not in soft words and vague promises. The goals I have established for the police department are simple: it is our first priority to prevent crime from happening. If we should fail in that undertaking, it is our next priority to identify and locate the perpetrator and bring them to justice.
I believe strongly that a peaceful and pleasant community is achieved by a proactive police department that has the common sense to recognize which problems it can solve, then making a genuine effort to solve those problems. It is our goal to provide a meaningful response to reported crime, taking the time to fully investigate and establish the facts of the case, then making arrests that will result in conviction in our courts. Through these fundamental policing efforts, we do our best to provide a safe and pleasant community for residents and visitors.
With Kind Regards,
Scott Reinbolt, J.D.
Chief of Police