Thursday, October 9, 2003

Hamilton to add officers for 911

Volume requires 10 more policemen

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - Faced with the largest volume of 911 calls in Butler County, police here are adding 10 officers to the ranks.

With the new additions, expected to come on board in a few weeks, "We will have more officers on this department than we have had in my entire career," said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour, a 33-year veteran of the city force.

The department will reach 126 officers with the new additions - which Capt. Joseph Murray said is long overdue.

"Our (911) call load remains extremely high," he said. "With these new officers, we can be more service-oriented... we can spend more time on the calls."

Cincinnati Bell figures show Hamilton's 911 call center handled 135,339 calls between January and September - far outpacing Oxford, Middletown, West Chester Township, Fairfield and the Butler County Sheriff's Office. During most months, Hamilton's calls accounted for half the calls in the entire county, said Police Chief Neil Ferdelman.

Although not every call required an officer to be dispatched - and some incidents include multiple phone calls - the number of calls does provide an indication of how busy the department is, and how much the department needs the additional officers, Murray said.

Nine of the 10 new hires are being funded with money from a levy that voters approved last year; one will fill a vacancy.

Hiring new officers "is probably the most important thing we do," Ferdelman said. "We're very selective."

Applicants must undergo a background check, drug screening and physical examinations before they are hired. Then they must complete a four-month police academy training program.


Ohio tuition program on hold
Miami U. service workers end strike
Blue Ash may require helmets
Firefighters hold memorial march

I-75: No easy fix to woes
Bomb victim, 10, here for treatment
Delhi infantryman remembered as a hero
Council hopefuls fail to inspire
Thrifty solution way too costly
Art museum extends invitation to Colerain
Ex-priest awaits decision
Down syndrome tests show promise
Pet a pig, try kettle corn at Blue Ash fest
Juror mouths off, officers get off in Lawrenceburg
Ruling based on religion tossed
Mayor urges city action to get cop report released
Records request argued
Regional Report

Pulfer: At NKU, it's really not about the buildings at all
Howard: Good Things Happening

Evidence re-checked in slaying
Hamilton to add officers for 911
Before exit can be planned, there's plenty of spadework
Something blue: Dress-less brides
Program spells out spelling
Mason waits on 3rd St. plan
Free-storage perk is over

John W. Devanney, 87, teacher, surgeon
Kentucky obituaries

Cop killer challenges Ohio death penalty
50 years late, vet gets his medal
Ohio has to pay millions to drunk drivers
Dayton nervous over nerve gas residue
Lakefront owners, Ohio grapple over land rights
Ohio moments

Diocese suspends pastor in Gallatin Co.
Kentucky News Briefs
State Dems want Fletcher to pay for Bush's visit
Patton order to equalize state workers' health premiums
Cool-headed teenagers save bus driver
Memory expert gives tips to learn more, study less
Insurance tax draws seniors' fire
Kentucky to do
Turtles get lift back to sea