The Patrol Division is the front line in prevention, detection, and crime solving in the City of Findlay. They consist of the uniformed patrol officers and patrol the city in marked vehicles, bicycles and on foot. Under-cover officers are also utilized.
These officers are normally the first police personnel that the public come into contact with when they need assistance. Patrol officers are responsible for responding to calls for service, such as traffic accidents and criminal complaints.
This division operates on three separate 10 hour shifts:
- Day Shift: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM
- Afternoon Shift: 4:00 PM - 2:00 AM
- Midnight Shift: 10:00 PM - 8:00 AM
Each shift is commanded by two Sergeants who report to the Patrol Division Lieutenant.
Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program
The lack of mental health crisis services across the U.S. has resulted in law enforcement officers serving as first responders to most crises. A Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) program is an innovative, community-based approach to improve the outcomes of these encounters. CIT improves communication, identifies mental health resources for those in crisis and ensures officer and community safety.
Proper CIT training for officers responding to calls can help them to recognize when individuals are suffering from a mental health crisis. Proper training is also essential when it comes to determining how to appropriately handle these situations, and can ultimately save lives.
In Hancock County, members of the Findlay Police Department are CIT trained and can be identified by a dark and light blue pin worn above their name plates.
The Findlay Police Department has two K-9s. The unit consists of Officer Matt Paugh paired with K-9 "Shadow" and Officer Jake Atkins paired with K-9 "Deke". Both K-9s are currently trained in narcotics detection, article search and apprehension.