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West Chester Police Department

The West Chester Police Department was established in 1967 and has grown from a small contingent of officers to a department of nearly 100 employees committed to keeping our community safe.

The West Chester Police Department, led by Police Chief Erik Niehaus, is organized into three distinct bureaus, each with specific responsibilities designed to
serve the community efficiently:  the Patrol Bureau, Support Bureau and Administration Bureau.


 Police Department Address:  9577 Beckett Road, Suite 500
West Chester, OH 45069
non-emergency phone number: (513) 777-2231

 Public Records Division:  Hours of operation - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
phone: 759-7261





Police Chief Erik Niehaus encourages residents and businesses of West Chester to contact the Police Department with questions related to law enforcement in our community.

Erik Niehaus, Chief of Police - (513) 759-7250

Lieutenant Colonel David W. Kelly, Assistant Chief of Police - (513) 759-7250

 Patrol Bureau


The Patrol Bureau is the most visible in the community, responsible for preventive patrol and response to calls for service from citizens. Officers of the Patrol Bureau investigate traffic crashes, receive crime reports and conduct preliminary criminal investigations. Annually, officers respond to approximately 60,000 calls for service, write approximately 5,000 offense reports, and make approximately 1,700 arrests. In addition, officers write more than 4,000 traffic citations, nearly 2,500 warnings, and handle nearly 1,800 traffic crash reports. Uniformed patrol officers also assist thousands of motorists with directions, information and car breakdowns.

Patrol Bureau Commander - Captain Joel M. Herzog - (513) 759-7255

The West Chester Police Canine Unit

These highly-trained canines and their handlers are prepared to track lost persons or suspects who flee police, detect narcotics, locate discarded evidence, and assist in arresting, or preventing the escape of, serious or violent offenders. The Canine Unit is part of the Partol Bureau.

West Chester Police canine teams are available to provide demonstrations at events and for community groups. For information on scheduling a demonstration, call 759-7250.


Support Bureau


The Support Bureau works behind-the-scenes to assist in day-to-day operations of the Police Department. Its responsibilities include criminal and internal investigations, surveillance, evidence collection and processing, case file management, youth aid and SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) operations.

The West Chester Police School Resource Officers, Neighborhood Watch and other Police Department public education programs are part of the Support Bureau operations. 


Support Bureau Commander Captain Brian Rebholz - (513) 759-7252
Criminal Investigation Section - Lieutenant Joe Gutman - (513) 759-7276

Traffic Safety Unit

The Traffic Safety Unit, part of the Support Bureau, uses modern policing techniques, education and state-of-the-art equipment to address the public's traffic concerns. The unit's responsibilities include enforcing speed and other traffic regulations, performing sobriety checks, educating the public on railroad crossing and school bus safety, and conducting crash scene investigations.

Traffic Safety and Community Affairs - Lieutenant Barry Walker - (513) 759-7259

West Chester Police Tipline

The West Chester Police Department recognizes the need for citizens to report observations about suspicious or unusual behavior of individuals in our community. If you have witnessed a crime, or have knowledge of a crime, please call the West Chester Police Tipline: (513) 759-7272. Your call is important to us! Our tipline is monitored 24 hours a day, and will be answered either by a detective or by police personnel who will take your information, or put you in touch with an investigator, depending upon the nature and urgency of the call. Callers are encouraged to leave as much detailed information as possible, including, names, addresses, vehicle license plates, descriptions of vehicles, and description of the suspicious activities. All information is confidential and will be used to develop new cases or confirm cases already being investigated. Callers are also encouraged to leave information about any narcotic activities, or any other public safety concerns. Tipline callers may remain anonymous.
West Chester Police Department Mission Statement
  • We believe in the Constitutional values of our Democracy.
  • We believe in the rapid, fair, and impartial enforcement of the laws of the State of Ohio and the resolutions of the Township of West Chester.
  • We believe in the fair and equal treatment of all citizens.
  • We believe in the right of citizens to dignity and respect.
  • We believe in being open and honest with the public and encourage cooperation within the community.
  • We believe in establishing a strong police-community partnership.
  • We strive to be prepared for any condition or circumstance that requires police action.
  • We strive for the highest standards of professional integrity.
  • We strive to provide an environment of openness and cooperation with government officials and media.
  • We strive for the highest level of community confidence and satisfaction.