The Special Services Division includes the functions of Crime Prevention, Court Services, Property Management, Records Management, Parking Control, and Training.
The Crime Prevention office was created in 1980. The main focus is to enhance community awareness on preventing crime. This officer visits city schools and educates local children about safety and laws that affect them, giving the children a positive look at law enforcement. The Crime Prevention Office also serves the community on topics of interest and provides educational assistance for various topics. National Crime Prevention Council and Ohio Attorney General and Crime Statistics for Findlay and Hancock County
An officer is assigned full time to receiving and storing of evidence and the other wide variety of items and materials that are turned over to the Police Department for safekeeping in the property room.
Court officer services are supplied by a full-time police officer who is responsible for the transport of prisoners, service of papers, and safety of court personnel.
Three records clerks are assigned to data entry, filing, retrieving and storage of reports generated by the various divisions of the department. Parking Control is provided by one full time civilian parking enforcement representative.
Communications Center / Dispatch
The Findlay Police Communications Center is the central answering point for public safety agencies within the City. The Center receives requests for emergency services from the public through an Enhanced 911 telephone system. In addition, non-emergency calls for police, fire and other departments are handled by the Center.
Communications Officers use a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to assist in call taking and dispatching operations. This system provides a quick and accurate way to document location and other incident information provided by the caller. It also helps track available and dispatched officers and fire/rescue units.
There are currently eleven full-time Communications Officers employed by the Findlay Police Department. All are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers and are trained to assess medical calls and give pre-arrival instructions. They are also certified in FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS). Several have also gone on to receive federal certification in Household Hazardous Materials, Multi-hazard Emergency Planning, Radiological Emergency Management and Basic Incident Command.
Parking Enforcement is provided by one full time, civilian parking enforcement agent.