Wanted: Police officers in Green Township

By Dan Wells - bio | email

GREEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - After an announcement earlier this week that patrols will be cut in local townships, one local township is now recruiting police officers.

For years, 16 Hamilton County sheriff deputies worked with the Green Township police department to keep this Westside area safe.

Now, with more than $30 million cut from the county's budget, that number has been brought down to just three deputies.

"To say that our residents aren't paying their fair share to receive those services is out of line," said Tracy Winkler with Green Township.

So, the township is now taking matters into its own hands.

"We're the second largest township in the state of Ohio," said Winker. "I don't think (residents) are going to want us to sit still and allow the sheriff to make these cuts."

Currently Green Township has 27 officers patrolling 28 square miles and the chief says the loss of 13 sheriff deputies is certainly a big hit.

"Well its obviously a major cut in police in Green Township, but what we'll do is continue to provide the same level of service we have for years by working in the short term, longer hours and in the long term hiring whatever officers we need to keep our community safe," said Chief Bart West.

In 2007 patrols in Green Township responded to more than 35,000 calls and made more than 3,000 arrests.

Because of those numbers, the chief has now been given the go-ahead to hire new Green Township cops.

"To apply here now you have to be a certified police officer with a least one year experience," said West.

The chief says the cost per officers will hover right around $75,000, the very same figure Sheriff Simon Leis asked for to continue the existing service.

Green Township hopes to have the new officers in place in a matter of weeks.