The full time staff is organized into the following bureaus. The Administrative Bureau consists of the Chief of Police and a civilian Administrative Assistant. The patrol division includes a Lieutenant, four Sergeants and an authorized strength of 11 patrol officers. The Detective Bureau consists of a Lieutenant and two Detectives. This manning allows for one supervisor and at least two patrol officers on duty at most times.
The department's patrol vehicle fleet is comprised of 10 marked cruisers fully equipped with mobile data computers and cruiser cameras. There are also four unmarked vehicles that are used by the Detective and Administrative Bureaus. Most of the patrol officers are also bike patrol qualified; in 2006 these officers rode 373 hours of patrol, logging 1281 miles on the department's fleet of eight bicycles. The department contracts with the Franklin County Ohio Sheriff's Office for dispatching and jail services.
The City of Groveport, Ohio is a growing community of more than 5,000 residents that is located in the southeast corner of Franklin County, Ohio. The Municipality covers nearly nine square miles and includes 88 lane miles of roadways. Our proximity to Rickenbacker International Airport and its associated Free Trade Zones has allowed Groveport to grow through the years and add several large industrial park complexes.
This tax base has allowed the city to expand and add new housing and related infrastructure without unduly burdening its citizens. In 2003 and early 2004, Groveport was able to complete and open a new outdoor aquatic center, as well as an state of the art recreation center with no additional taxes for its residents.
This large industrial base along with recent expansion in retail and service businesses, combined with the presence of eight school buildings within the village limits, creates a unique challenge for the Groveport PoliceDepartment. It is estimated that the population the Groveport Police Department is charged with policing is 12,000 to 14,000 people daily, increasing the demands for service on our department. In the year 2006 the Groveport Police Department handled nearly 7000 calls to service, investigated 141 automobile accidents, and filed 1473 other offense and incident reports.