The Blue Ash Historical Society extends a big thank you to Police Chief Paul Hartinger for presenting the history of the Blue Ash Police Department and fielding questions from the audience at the meeting on February 10, 2015.
Some interesting facts from the many presented:
Prior to 1940, there was no police force in Blue Ash. Protection came from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Sixteen Mile Stand Horse Rangers, and other forces in the area. At the April open house, we will have information on the Sixteen Mile Stand Horse Rangers.
When the township decided we needed a police force, one person applied on January 3, 1956. On March 6, 1956, there were 40 applicants. Officers underwent 80 hours of training. Today, officers go through close to 700 hours of training, including training in firearms and driving.
Prior to the 1960s, officers were responsible for their own firearms and their ammunition.
It was in 1965 that officers wore the same uniforms and badges. It was in the late 1960s when officers received better training and were apt to remain with the Blue Ash Police Department.
In the 1980s, the BAPD was one of the largest in Hamilton County. Today, the BAPD ranks about seventh in Hamilton County.
In 1987, BAPD was recognized as one of the best in the country.
Today, theft is the biggest crime in Blue Ash, and most of that is from nonresidents. Violent crime rates are low compared to other communities.
It should be noted that the BAPD offers vacation checks. Contact BAPD for more information.
Thank you to the police officers for their dedication to our safety and to those who have worked to preserve the story of our police department. We are indeed grateful!