CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated in providing our staff with the training to better resolve critical situations. In collaboration with community resources, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to training all employees with all the necessary tools in assisting subjects in a crisis situation. The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training improves our staff’s communication with a subject in crisis.
The goal of CIT training is to promote safety. This is done by educating law enforcement on mental illness and by having officers learn about the characteristics associated with untreated mental illness. Officers practice skills designed to de-escalate certain behaviors. This allows for an increase in safety for both the officer and the subject in crisis.
CIT training allows deputies and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office as a whole to increase on-scene expertise and strive for a positive resolution to the crisis situation. Arrest rates are decreased and subjects in crisis are directed to resources that allow them to receive the proper help.
GOLF CART INSPECTIONS
Ohio Law allows each Sheriff’s Office the power to authorize licensing to Golf Carts and Under-Speed Vehicles (USV) in their respective county.
As a courtesy to the public, The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office will conduct inspections by appointment only. To schedule an appointment time, contact the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office at (419) 734-4404.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is offering this service for a $10.00 INSPECTION FEE for Ottawa County Residents. Non-Residents of the county will be assessed a $20.00 INSPECTION FEE.
Personal golf carts may be brought to the Ottawa County Fairgrounds on the scheduled inspection. Inspections will be conducted the second Wednesday of each month between the hours of 11:30 am and 2:00 pm. An appointment is still required. The Ottawa County Fairgrounds are located at 7870 W SR 163, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449.
Ottawa County Residents who reside in a village or township with their own police agency must seek inspection from their respective police departments.
Each golf cart that passes inspection will be authorized to receive a title and registration from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, along with Ohio passenger license plates. These plates must be affixed to the front and rear of the golf cart. Golf carts that become licensed will be restricted to residential streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. Operators must have a valid Ohio driver’s license and adhere to all traffic laws.
Sheriff Levorchick is proud to announce new programs designed to help keep the seniors and children of Ottawa County safe. The Law Enforcement Awareness Program for Seniors (L.E.A.P.S.) will provide Senior Fingerprint ID cards free of charge at special events such as the Ottawa County Fair, safety fairs, and other local events. The Law Enforcement Awareness Program (L.E.A.P) will provide Child Safety Fingerprint ID cards free of charge These valuable cards can also be obtained by calling the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in advance to schedule your large groups or loved one(s). These special ID cards can be kept conveniently on your person, in your wallet, or in your purse.
In the event of a missing persons incident or medical emergency, these identification cards can provide first responders with immediately available information such as medical conditions and medications along with a picture and thumbprint. This could significantly reduce response times during Emergencies and increase the likelihood that you or your loved one will be returned home safely.
On March 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. the Ottawa County Law Enforcement Awareness Program for Seniors will be at the Oak Harbor Public Library where the Presentation Topic will be “Choosing a Responsible Caregiver & Financial Caregiver.”
April 14, 2020 at 10 a.m. at the Port Clinton IDA RUPP Library Conference Room the Ottawa County L.E.A.P.S. Program will have a presentation by the American Banker’s Association about Identifying and Avoiding Identity Theft, Fraud, and Scams.
Mark your calendars for the April 13 & April 17th for the month of April. We are planning to have some great speakers and once we have the times and locations confirmed on the speakers for these dates we will advertise and announce them. April 14 & November 17th may also have an appearance by Operation Street Smart. Times and Location TBA.
On May 5, 2020 at 5 p.m. Join the Danbury Senior Center located at 8470 E. Harbor Road, Lakeside-Marblehead for a Free Seniors Dinner, Obtain Medical Alert Awareness ID’s Presented by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Awareness Program for Seniors (L.E.A.P.S.), and listen to a presentation by the American Bankers Association about how to Identify & Avoid Identity Theft, Fraud, and Scams. Call the Danbury Senior Center at 419-798-4101 to reserve a free meal for seniors wishing to attend that evening .
May 22, 2020 at 11:00 located at the Elmore Senior Center there will be a luncheon and the American Bankers Association will be giving a presentation about Identifying and Avoiding Identity Theft, Fraud, and Scams along with providing a limited amount of time to obtain the ID’s
Contact Detective Leroux at 419-734-6843 regarding questions or for more information.
Contact Deputy Heather Moss to schedule your large groups or loved one(s) to obtain the ID Cards at 419-734-6823. There is a consent form that will need to be completed prior to having this done which will expedite the process.
Click here for Medical Awareness Alert ID Card Consent Form
Click here for Child Safety Fingerprint ID Card Consent Form
OTTAWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S APP
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is excited to introduce our new app. Available for free to download for Apple and Android products, this app offers a user friendly insight into the working of our office. There are numerous features within the app that users can view, including current inmate rosters, sex offenders, and sheriff sales from the convenience of a mobile device.
Users will also be able to receive push notifications from the Sheriff’s Office as well as alerts from the National Weather Service. Alerts from the Sheriff’s Office can range from snow emergencies, to road closures, and assistance in locating a missing subject. In addition, new releases will be available to the public immediately.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office App was developed by the Sheriff App, a company the specializes in the development of mobile apps for law enforcement.
The following link can be used to download the Ottawa County Sheriff’s App https://apps.myocv.com/share/a32043430
Project Lifesaver is an active response to the problem of locating people who may not be able to find their way home – before they become victims. The average rescue time is less than 30 minutes. A lost person with any kind of dementia or a development disability is unaware of his or her situation. They do not call out for help and do not respond to people calling out to them The Project Lifesaver team is trained to approach a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a developmental disability, gain their trust, and put them at ease for the trip home.
The Technology: The Project Lifesaver transmitter wristband is more than a positive ID wristband. It is a one-ounce, battery-operated, wrist radio transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. The signal can be tracked over several miles on the ground by members of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office or from the air by helicopter.
Each wristband has a unique radio frequency that enables the Project Lifesaver search team, using a specially designed radio receiver, to positively identify and locate a person who has wandered away from home or become separated in a public place. People participating in the Project Lifesaver program wear a personalized wristband that emits a constant tracking signal (tracked only when activated by a missing persons report). Specially trained search teams have reduced the time it takes to locate a missing person from days and hours to only minutes.
Members of the Sheriff’s Office are trained in rescue operations, proper maintenance of equipment, and how to enroll people in the program.
Benefits of Project Lifesaver:
- Peace of mind – a wandering person can be located in minutes.
- Loved ones are not subjected to hours of darkness, poor weather or predators.
- More reliable than GPS tracking
- Trained rescuers approach calmly and safely return your loved ones.
- Saves thousands of taxpayer dollars
- Lightweight, easy to wear bracelet.
- Help is immediate once a family/caregiver notifies the Sheriff’s Office
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The lifeline is committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
If a subject is having thoughts of suicide, call the lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For more information, visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
If you are looking for a comprehensive guide that breaks down resources relating to depression and suicide, visit https://www.columbusrecoverycenter.com/depression-resource-guide/. This guide provides suicide and depression resources for men, women, and children that is specific to each audience.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE), is a free, anonymous, computer-based telephone program that provides victims of crime two important services: information and notification. Its purpose is to assist victims of crime and the citizens of your community by providing them with continual access to offender custody status information. The VINE hotline allows crime victims to register against their offender and automatically notify registered victims if the inmate has a change in custody status. Visit the VINE Link website.
The Ottawa County Sheriffs Office offers the WebCheck® service. WebCheck® is an Internet-based program for conducting fingerprint-based civilian background checks. The Sheriffs Office is the only agency in Ottawa County that offers both BCI and FBI record checks. These checks are required for teaching and school personnel, persons involved in the care and custody of children, those working with the elderly and other professions.
The Sheriffs Office offers WebCheck® during normal business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM ‘By Appointment Only’. All WebCheck® services are ‘By Appointment Only’. Due to the increase in requests we are usually booked 2-3 days in advance and we prefer that you book your appointment online.
Please be certain to bring your Drivers License or State ID card with you!
Payment for WebCheck® services are as follows:
- BCI Check: $30.00
- FBI Check: $40.00
- BCI/FBI combination: $70.00
Payment may be made only by CASH or MONEY ORDER (made payable to the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office) unless your employer has made other arrangements. We do not accept personal checks or credit cards.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s has been made aware of some social media posts regarding possible burglaries or attempted burglaries in and around Benton Township. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has responded to three seperate incidents in the area, two of which involved suspicious activity or vehicles. Another involved a motion activated alarm being set off. In all three incidents, deputies responded but were unable to find anything.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting saturation patrols in both marked cruisers and unmarked Sheriff’s Office vehicles. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office has also been in contact with neighboring communities to see if they have similar incidents. We ask that you keep all out buildings and vehicles locked. Also, make sure that your home is secured as much as possible whether you are home or away. As always, we ask our citizens to stay vigilant and call the non-emergency number with any concerns or suspicious activity.
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