Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police President
Chief Aaron Tillman
All Hamilton County Police Agencies, including all universities, villages, townships, and municipalities, along with, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Cincinnati Police Department will enforce the “Stay at Home Order” issued by the Ohio Department of Health. This enforcement will begin tonight, March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We’re asking all citizens and businesses to comply with the “Stay at Home Order”. If non-essential businesses continue to operate after being verbally warned, the owners will be cited under section 3701.352 of the Ohio Revised Code, a Misdemeanor of the 2nd degree. Driving to and from work, driving for basic necessities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, are acceptable reasons for not following the “Stay at Home Order”. Officers will assume drivers are conducting essential errands. Standard vehicle operating laws are still enforceable and please drive safely.
We are requesting the public call their local police department for official police business if possible utilizing non-emergency numbers or if an emergency, 911 is in full operation. Deputies/Officers will prioritize and respond to crimes in progress, crimes of violence, and crimes requiring the collection of evidence. Some other response emergencies include structure fires, auto accidents with injuries, blocked roads and disabled vehicles. Drivers involved in minor traffic accidents should exchange information and call their local police department to file a report. Drivers have 72 hours to report these accidents.
The first responder community including: police, Sheriff, fire, EMS, dispatchers, and medical staff remain on the front line to respond to those who need immediate assistance. Emergency services will remain in operation during this challenging period in our country. We will remain vigilant in our patrols, committed to keeping the City of Cincinnati and all of Hamilton County safe.
We need the public to do their part too – Practice what we have learned from China, Italy, and other parts of the world… staying home saves lives. If you must go out, maintain social distancing or at least 6 feet from one another. People gathering in any size group may be asked to physically distance themselves or to go home. Please help the first responder community in Hamilton County keep everyone healthy and safe! Ultimately our goal is the health and safety of the communities we serve.