Hamilton County Police Association



Includes every private, public, municipal, township, county, state, federal law enforcement officer and agency in Hamilton County.  Nothing like it before 1937, and still nothing like it anywhere outside of Hamilton County.  J. Edgar Hoover visited Hamilton County in 1938 to see it and vowed to get other counties in the country to do it.  He was also named a member.

  • 1937      HCPA began – the Museum has all its original documents and minutes
  • 1938      Firearms Training began, once a month, every month, every year to present.  Especially for agencies that can’t afford ranges, but any LEO can go to Indian Hill Range on the 3rd Thursday of the month between March and November and shoot a police combat course.
  • 1938      Every agency in the county had a map of major thoroughfares and if a general alarm was sounded, each agency would send a car to their pre-determined intersections to look for autos fleeing crimes.  It included Kentucky agencies at the bridges.  It was hugely successful until so many side streets were built.
  • 1951      Opened up a regional police academy, especially for agencies that couldn’t afford academies.
  • 1960      Began the quadrant plan to replace the general alarm plan.  Quadrants are still in use today.
  • 1969      HCPA and Dr. Frank Cleveland pushed RCIC into operation.  It was the first countywide law enforcement database in the country and is still the only one that every agency in the county contributes to (other than metropolitan-area police departments, of course).
  • 1975      Again, for those agencies that couldn’t afford a SWAT team, they have a countywide SWAT.
  • 1993      The bank robbery response plan is practiced by every agency in the county and later augmented with the GPS packet response plan in 2005 which includes northern Kentucky agencies.
  • 1993      Identical in-car computers throughout the county.
  • 2005      800 MHz radios

ALSO      Countywide Police Clergy, Honor Guard, Underwater Search and Recovery, etc.

Possibly the greatest law enforcement advancement in American history and still relegated to just one county of 88 in Ohio, and one state of 50 in the U.S.