Letter from Chief Harvey:
It is hard to believe that I have been the Chief of Police for three years
already. The time has certainly gone by fast. In the past three years we
have seen many changes within the police department. Cosmetically,
we had a change in uniform appearance, markings on our patrol vehicles,
and a much needed station makeover. The Mayor and council graciously
provided us the former utility office space. Utilizing village workers to
save cost, this added addition provided us with larger evidence room, an
investigators office, an interview room and a secure area for the public
and those arrested to be greeted.
New Richmond is one of the largest villages as it relates to land area in
the State of Ohio. Not only that, even in the worst economy we have
been blessed with new housing and residents. Last year twenty-five new
homes were built in the village. I consider this to be a very active town.
Last year my officers answered 5,054 calls for service and took 608
criminal offense reports. Currently we run one officer per eight hour shift,
with an occasional split during higher peak activity hours. Through a
staffing analysis conducted in 2010, we should be running two cars per
shift. However, in 2011 as proposed, great attention was given to report
follow up. We promoted an officer to investigator who was directed to
investigate offenses and oversee reports being worked by other officers.
I believe this is the reason; and I am pleased to report that in 2011 our
crime index decreased slightly in all areas reported and there was an
increase in felony arrest.
In 2011, we experienced an increase in juvenile delinquency, mostly in
the form of criminal damaging and assaults. We will look to address this
issue in 2012.
Chief of Police
CHIEF RANDY HARVEY
New Richmond Police Department