Community Programs and Information
The following information is a community policing effort by the Huron Police Department to use the Internet as a bridge to pass on information and provide valuable police services through technology.
The Huron Police Department has created a variety of online services to better serve you. For additional information, you can click on any of the links below. If you have questions for the Huron Police Department please contact us.
The Huron Police Department provides residence checks for residents who are going away on vacation. Residents can download the resident check form and return it to the police department or you can pick a form up at the police department. We also offer safety tips for residents to use when they are going on vacation
HURON POLICE NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK WATCH
The Huron Police Department invites neighborhoods to participate in their Block Watch Program. An individual officer is assigned to involved neighborhoods. Certain criteria are established and a phone tree is followed to warn people of suspicious people or activity in their residential neighborhood. The person assigned to the top of the phone tree is then responsible for contacting the Huron Police Department with the predetermined required information. If you would like to participate in the Neighborhood Block Watch, please contact us.
TRAFFIC CRASH REPORTS
Traffic crash records are now available online. You will need your crash report number to quickly access your report.
To access online traffic crash reports, click here.
Hard copies of traffic crash reports are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please contact the records department (419) 433-4114 prior to picking up a copy of your report. Please have your name or traffic crash report number ready for the dispatcher to expedite your request.
Are there sex offenders in your neighborhood? There are a number of ways to find out. The following links provide valuable information to you regarding sex offenders.
If you have questions regarding a sex offender in your neighborhood, contact us.
Q. Who do I call when the emergency warning sirens are sounding?
A. Do not call anyone. Immediately seek shelter. The sirens are sounding because of severe weather. Tune to your local radio station for weather updates. Calling police or emergency numbers will tie up the Emergency 9-1-1 lines. Additionally, the sirens are tested monthly at noon on the first day of the month.
Q. I received a traffic citation (ticket). Where do I pay it?
A. Traffic and criminal citations can be paid at the Huron Municipal Court, 417 Main Street Huron, Ohio 44839. Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The court can be contacted with any questions on fines or court dates at (419) 433-5430.
Q. How do I obtain a copy of a police report?
A. Police reports are located in the "Police Reports" link in the "Government" navagation bar. Police reports are also available at the Huron Police Department, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The non-emergency phone number for police administration and records is 419-433-4114. Please allow 24-48 hours to process your request.
Q. Can I make a police report at any time of the day or do I need an appointment?
A. Police reports can be made at anytime during the day or night and no appointment is needed. Simply call the Police Department and an Officer will be sent to your local residence or business. If it is more convenient, you can come to the Police Department and an Officer will fill out a desk police report for you.
Q. Is it legal to hunt within the city limits?
A. Hunting is prohibited in the Huron River and the Huron River Estuary or within 1,000 feet of any dwelling or other building, any public street, right of way, sidewalk, alley, nor or over any public property other than the Spoil Site at the mouth of the Huron River.
Q. Is it necessary to have a permit to sell door to door in Huron?
A. Yes, you can get a permit from the City Managers office Monday – Friday 8:00am- 5:00 pm
Q. What is the curfew for juveniles in Huron?
A. The Curfew law states juveniles fifteen years old and younger shall not remain in on upon any public place between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. of the following day.
RECRUITMENT AND INTERNSHIPS
The Huron Police Department employs full-time, part-time, reserve personnel and non-sworn auxiliary personnel. In order to be considered for a sworn position candidates must be certified peace officers through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy.
The Huron Police Department allows unpaid internships for high school or college students. Interns participate in a variety of roles to including riding with police officers, working with Court Bailiffs, dispatching, and riding with our Marine Patrol Officers. If you would like to be considered for an internship contact us.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST
Public records are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. If you have a request for a public record, please click here.
NATIONAL WEB CHECK FINGERPRINTS
The Huron Police Department is a National Web Check site location and we conduct the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprints.
Fingerprints for employment or related purposes are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Appointments can be made for after-hours fingerprinting by calling us at
(419) 433-4114 or contact us via e-mail.
The cost of the BCI and FBI prints are $40.00 each or $80.00 for both. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover, Money Orders of Certified Checks. We do not accept cash or personal checks.
If you have questions regarding BCI and FBI fingerprints click here.
HURON POLICE CHILD FINGERPRINT PROGRAM
The Huron Police Department endorses the National Child Identification Program as a means to help safeguard our children.
Officers of the Huron Police Department will fingerprint children free of charge for parents. On occasion we host clinics at various locations throughout Huron where parents can come and have their children’s fingerprints taken.
If your group or organization is interested in having an officer come and take child fingerprints, please contact us.
PUBLIC SPEAKING & STATION TOURS
As a part of our community policing efforts, Huron Police Officers participate in many public speaking events and discuss various law enforcement public safety topics.
Speaking engagements with the Police Chief or any other staff member should be arranged at least two weeks in advance with the police department. For more information please contact us.
If you or your organization would like a tour of the Huron Police Department, please call us at (419) 433-4114 or e-mail us to set up a date and time.
Officers of the Huron Police Department routinely check local businesses for safety and security. In the event of an emergency, businesses will be contacted regardless of the hour. If you own a business, we would like to have a list of three or four key holders to contact in the event of an emergency. You can fax a list on company stationary to (419) 433-3272 or send it to us via e-mail.
It is estimated that one in 20 Americans will be the victim of identity theft. There are a number of safeguards available to you to help protect yourself and your family. The Huron Police Department endorses the following links to help in the fight against identity theft.
Contact Huron Police Department at 419-433-4114 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to report violations.
Don't be a Party to Teenage Drinking!
It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home
- It is unhealthy and unacceptable for anyone under age 21 to drink.
- It is unsafe and illegal for teens to drink and drive.
- Parents can be prosecuted under the law.
- Everything associated with a violation, such as personal property, can be confiscated.
What a Parent Should Know:
- As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent's permission.
- You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
If You Break the Law:
- You can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
- Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21 and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property.
- Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense.
Please help create a safe prom and graduation season for our kids and communities.
A program of Ohio Parents for Drug Free Youth. With support from the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Department of Safety.
The Huron Police Department is dedicated to the safety of our children particulary against online predators, those who bully and protection against "sexting."
Parents are urged to educate their children on the importance of cyber safety. The internet offers a wide array of opportunities for people of all ages. However, with these opportunities come possible risks. Parents can reduce these risks by talking to their children about how they communicate - online and off, and encouraging them to engage in conduct they can be proud of.
The Huron Police Department endorses the following guide for parents to use to help educate their children. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Disclaimer: This site is not to be used to report an emergency.
For police, fire, and ambulance emergencies, call 9-1-1.
When to Call 911
911 is for emergencies only...fire, medical, or police emergencies..., and when an immediate response is required!
If you are unsure how serious an incident is, call 911. Assistance will be dispatched to the most critical calls first.
- When there is an emergency, lives are in danger, and immediate action is required, such as a burning building or vehicle, serious injury or medical condition (i.e.; a heart attack), or an in-progress crime situation such as a shooting, stabbing, armed robbery, etc.
- When there is a good chance of arresting a crime suspect, or of preventing the development of a serious crime situation by reporting suspicious persons, vehicles or circumstances, threats of violence or injury, disturbances or actions which, if not controlled quickly, could lead to an emergency.
When You Call 911:
- Your call will be answered as soon as possible — do not hang up.
- Briefly state the nature of the call. Example: "this is an emergency; I want to report a ... (fire, heart attack, shooting, accident, robbery etc.)"
- Let the 911 operator control the conversation. The operator will determine how to best help you from the information you give. Be ready to tell the operator: The address where the emergency is occurring. Be sure to include the street name, building number, and any directional information (i.e.; north, west, south etc.) The name of the nearest cross street is helpful. Your name, address, and the phone number from which you are calling. If you wish to remain anonymous or keep information confidential, tell the operator. However, you should give a phone number where you can be contacted later.
- Do Not Hang Up Until Directed. Stay on the telephone until the operator tells you to hang up.
- If there is a long delay in response, the operator will attempt to call you back.
- Call and cancel your request if you no longer need help.
If in doubt, call 911 - Every Second Counts!
To capture a criminal in these highly mobile times, it is of utmost importance for law enforcement to promptly obtain an accurate description. Following are some of the most important identifiers law enforcement needs to apprehend criminal suspects. Keep this information in mind so that you can give the sheriff or police an accurate description of any criminal or criminal incident you may observe.
Location information is critical:
- Observe where you are and the exact location of the crime. Try to remember if you have ever seen the suspect in the area before.
- Note the time as precisely as possible.
- Observe if the suspect is carrying a weapon and, if so, what type-revolver, handgun, shotgun, knife, etc.
- If the suspect leaves the scene, note the direction of flight.
- If the suspect is in a vehicle, note as much of the following information as possible: vehicle type (auto, truck, van, etc.); color; make and model; condition (dirty, damaged, etc.); and license plate numbers.
Note also if the vehicle has no license plates.
- Watch for decoys or accomplices.
A variety of general description information about the suspect should be noted:
- Race or national origin
- Age (estimated)
- Height-use comparisons with your own height, a door, or some other standard measure
- Weight (estimated)
- Build-fat, husky, slim, muscular, etc.
Facial information is also important:
- Hair-note the color, texture, hairline, style; also possible dyes or wigs
- Forehead-note forehead height, and whether the skin is smooth, creased or wrinkled
- Eyes-note the color, shape (round, slanted), whether clear or bloodshot, and the heaviness of eyelashes and eyebrows
- Nose-overall shape (long, wide, flat, etc.) and nostrils (wide, narrow, flared) are important
- Cheeks-is the flesh sunken, filled out, dried or oily? Are there wrinkles around nose or mouth? Are cheek bones high or low, wide or narrow?
- Ears-note size and prominence (protruding or flat against head)
- Mouth-are lips thin, medium, full? Do corners turn up, turn down, or level?
- Chin-what is the shape (round, oval, pointed, square)? Double chin, dimpled, cleft?
- Neck-note protruding Adam's apple or hanging jowls
- Complexion-note pores, pockmarks, acne, razor rash, bumps
- Facial hair-clean shaven? Unshaven? Beard, mustache, goatee, sideburns?
- Tattoos-shape and style; on what part of the body
Clothing information is also very important:
- Hat-note color, style, ornaments, how it is worn (bill forward, backward, to one side)
- Coat-note color and style (suit coat, jacket, topcoat, overcoat)
- Shirt/Blouse/Dress-note color, design, sleeves, collar
- Trousers/Slacks/Skirt-note color, style, cuffs
- Socks-note color, pattern, length
- Shoes-note color, style, brand name for sneakers (if possible), condition
- Accessories-sweater, scarf, gloves, necktie
- Jewelry-rings, watches, bracelets, necklaces
- General appearance-neat or sloppy? Clean or dirty?
- Oddities-look for clothing too large or too small; odd colors; patchwork
You will never be able to remember all of these details about any one suspect you may see. But remembering as many as possible can be particularly helpful to law enforcement and to your community.