The Greenhills Police Department is getting into the Christmas spirit early with three initiatives:
- Greenhills Residents Holiday Light Contest
- Shop With a Cop
- Sweets for Seniors and Shut-ins
The first initiative will be fun. The last two will benefit those who may need their holidays brightened. All of this is made possible by the generous donations of Greenhills citizens. For them, we are truly grateful. For details about these three things, click here!
From all of us at the Greenhills Police Department . . .
Thank You!The members of the Greenhills Police Department are sincerely thankful to the residents in our community who approved the recent police levy by a significant margin. In partnership with you, our citizens, we pledge to continue to excel in providing dependable and professional service to ensure the safety of our community.
Staying Secure While Shopping Online
Cybercriminals are always working to steal your personal and payment information. The holiday shopping season is the perfect opportunity for this to happen. By following a few key practices, you can greatly lower your chances of becoming a victim of identity theft or fraud.
Choose Trusted Online Retailers
Always shop only with trusted online retailers. That means using a retailer you already know or one that is verified through another trusted entity. If you find a new possible shop to do business with, but are unsure about its reputation, try to find reviews from trusted sources such as the Better Business Bureau. Even though an untrusted site might have the best prices, it is worth it to use a trusted online shop that is known to safeguard your contact, credit card information, and purchases.
Choose Trusted Mobile Shopping Apps
Whether you are downloading a store app to get a coupon, a deal aggregator app to comparison shop, or a reward app that ensures you get points or cash back, it is important to stick to trusted apps from known developers. Unfortunately, fake apps appear in the app stores, purporting to be from a trusted source while other apps exist to capture your data without providing the services they claim to support. You can avoid many malicious apps by downloading your apps from Google Play, Apple App Store, Microsoft Store, or another trusted platform, selectively choosing which apps to download, and making sure you carefully read the permissions and app reviews.
Secure your Device, Connectivity, and Accounts
- Keep your devices up-to-date, especially those you shop and bank with – Simply updating the device that you use for conducting your online shopping is a key cybersecurity practice. By keeping the device up-to-date with current patches and software, you ensure you have the manufacturer’s latest security fixes in place.
- Never use a public computer when shopping or banking – Using a public computer, like those found at libraries, can expose you to greater risk. It is best to use a trusted home device and network for anything involving financial transactions.
- Never shop or conduct banking on unencrypted or public Wi-Fi – It is best to always conduct financial transactions or log on to sensitive accounts via a trusted Wi-Fi network.
- Look for the lock icon on your browser - When a site has a lock icon on the browser window, or in the URL bar, it indicates that your communications with the site are encrypted. If you do not see a lock, look for “https” at the beginning of the URL, as this is the same thing as the lock. While not 100%, it reduces chances of using an insecure website for your transactions.
Check out as a Guest
By checking out as a guest, you prevent the online retailer from storing your personal account and financial information. This minimizes the amount of information that could be lost if the retailer is compromised. If you have or need an account with a retail website:
Use a strong password
Be sure to use a strong, unique password. Always use more than ten characters, with numbers, special characters, and upper- and lower-case letters. The longer the better!
Don’t save your payment information with retailers
If you have an established account with a retailer, do not store your payment information with them. In the case of an account compromise, stored payment information may allow a criminal to make purchases using your financial information.
Be Wary of Fraudulent Emails and Advertisements
- Look out for suspicious or unexpected emails – A common tactic of cybercriminals year-round is to send fraudulent emails seeking to get you to click a link or open an attachment. When it comes to this time of year, they may make an email look like it contains tracking information for a shipment or a promotion for a store. The link or attachment might download malware or try to get you to enter your user credentials in a convincing, yet fraudulent login screen, so they can steal your password.
- Always avoid clicking direct links in emails, and if you receive an email with a tracking number in it, head to the shipping carrier’s website in your browser and copy and paste the tracking number itself into the site.
- Avoid clicking advertisements or pop-up windows of any kind – Advertisements embedded in websites and pop-ups have been known to be compromised by cybercriminals to distribute malware. It is best to avoid clicking them altogether. To close pop-ups, press Control + F4 on a Windows computer and Command + W on a Mac.
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Multiple Theft Cases Closed After Search Warrants and Arrests
Multiple cases of thefts from vehicles on the east side of Greenhills have been cleared after a search warrant was executed on October 25th on Foxworth Lane. This action resulted in three arrests, the recovery of much of the stolen property, and the confiscation of drugs and drug paraphernalia. For details, click here.
Attempted Abduction Case Closed
The attempted abduction case of an eleven year old boy on a bike has been closed as the result of an investigation and a recent change in Ohio law. For details, click here.
Officers Halt Multi-
State Crime Spree
A multi-state crime spree, extending from West Chester into Northern Kentucky, and including Greenhills and Cincinnati, was brought to a halt on September 3rd due to the good investigative instincts of a Greenhills police officer. A group of criminals defrauded merchants throughout the Greater Cincinnati area out of merchandise that will easily exceed $100,000 in value. Details can be found here.
From a Cincinnati Police Officer on scene at Fountain Square on September 6, 2018:
I don’t post on Facebook very often but today has been a bit of a rough day. I just left the scene of a mass shooting at 5/3 Bank. I arrived about 30 seconds after it was over. I was there for five hours and many other officers will be there for far longer. I watched someone’s life slow drain from their body. I heard the phone from one of the victims ring for almost two hours straight. I felt the pain of the person on the other side because I knew what they didn’t ... that their loved one was never going to answer their phone again.
I saw the determination on the officers and EMT’s faces as they went about their jobs attempting to save victims and ensure there were no more. I have 9 more hours left in my shift before I can go home. There has been a lot of divisive criticism of police, some deserved, but most is not. We police officers are human too with real emotions and faults as well. Every one of us needs to treat others the way that they would want to be treated.
I’m proud of my department and my fellow brother and sister officers today and every day that I’ve worked with them. Everyone please hug your loved ones and live life to the fullest.
Back to School!!!
It’s that time of year again!
Summer is over and Winton Woods Schools started on August 20th.
An average of 30 pedestrians are killed each year while getting on or off school buses. School bus related crashes kill almost 200 annually and injure an estimated 18,000 persons nationwide according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
About 72 percent of the deaths in fatal school bus related crashes were occupants of vehicles other than the school bus and 20 percent were pedestrian related. About 4 percent were school bus passengers and 2 percent were school bus drivers. Of the pedestrians killed in school bus related crashes over this time frame, approximately 77 percent were struck by the school bus itself.
For over 22 million students nationwide, the school day begins with and ends with riding a school bus. Unfortunately, each year there are many children injured and several are fatally injured as a result of school bus incidents. Statistically school bus transportation is safer, even safer than cars. However, last year approximately 26 students received fatal injuries and another 9,500 were injured.
Since roadway designs determine when a motorist must stop for a school bus, it is imperative to teach children that the bus driver will determine when it is safe to enter and exit the school bus. Keeping this in mind, the following are some safety tips for both students and motorists:
- Be at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive
- When the bus approaches, stand at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the edge of the road
- Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it is ok to board the bus
- When exiting the bus, ensure that no clothing or drawstrings get caught in the door or on the handrail
- NEVER walk behind a bus
- If the child has to cross the street in front of the bus, instruct them to walk on the sidewalk or along the roadway edge to a point at least six giant steps away from the front of the bus (Some buses have long yellow sticks that protrude from the front of the bus when a bus stops to pick up or drop of a child) and await a visual signal from the driver that it is ok to cross the street
- When driving in neighborhoods with school zones, watch for children traveling to school. Children are unpredictable in their actions, and it is YOUR responsibility to anticipate and prepare to react to what they do.
- Drive SLOWLY; watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks available.
- Watch for children playing and gathering near school bus stops.
- BE ALERT. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street and not looking for other cars.
- Learn and obey the school bus laws in Ohio. Ohio Revised Code 4511.75
- Learn the flashing light system that school bus drivers use to alert you that they are stopping
- Yellow flashing lights- the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists need to slow down and prepare to stop.
- Red flashing lights- the bus is stopped and an arm extends to allow for children to board or exit the bus. Motorists must stop at least ten feet from the front or rear of the school bus and not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by a school bus driver to proceed
- Prepare a route to the bus stop. This will help children learn the most safe and efficient way to reach the bus stop without getting lost or the possibility of arriving late.
- Review proper behavior when riding on a school bus. Encourage your child to sit quietly in their seats and to follow the bus driver's instructions.
- Here's a refresher course on when a stop for a school bus is required on both a two lane road and on a four lane highway:
The Greenhills Police Department is a member of DART, the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force. To learn more about DART, click here. To send us a tip, click here. To send a tip directly to DART, click here.
Arrest Made in Criminal
An arrest has been made in the recent criminal damaging incidents reported below. For details, click here.
Residents in the "I" Section have experienced vandalism recently. A person has walked by vehicles parked in driveways and damaged them by marking them with a permanent marker. We have a video of one occurrence, and have several stills of the suspect in the act. Can you identify him? Take a look here to find out. _________________________________________________________________________
Drug Raids Result in Arrests, Drugs Seized
Officers of the Greenhills Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force (DART), and with the assistance of the Colerain Police Department and their canine unit, simultaneously executed search warrants at two residences on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 2:15 PM, resulting in five drug charges. Both residences were near schools, which under Ohio law, increases the severity of the charges.
The initial warrant was at 31 Farragut Road. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in the residence, and several adults were arrested on drug charges. Charged were:
- Kim Caudill, 48, of Farragut Road in Greenhills, charged with Possession of Drugs, a Fifth Degree Felony; and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a Second Degree Misdemeanor;
- Zachery Murphy, 30, of Farragut Road in Greenhills, charged with Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments, a First Degree Misdemeanor; and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a Fourth Degree Misdemeanor;
- Nicholas Nolan, 23, of Cincinnati, charged with Drug Abuse, a minor misdemeanor.
A child at this location was removed from the residence and turned over to the care of Hamilton County Family Services.
The second search warrant was served minutes later at 65 Gambier Circle, where heroin and methamphetamine were also found. Two adults have been charged from this residence:
- Jeffrey Schwab, 48, of Gambier Circle in Greenhills, charged with Drug Possession, a Fifth Degree Felony; and Possession of Drug Instruments, a First Degree Misdemeanor;
- Patricia Schwab, 71, of Gambier Circle in Greenhills, charged with Permitting Felony Drug Abuse, a First Degree Misdemeanor.
Further charges may result when lab results are received after testing of suspected drugs confiscated during the execution of the search warrants. These actions are the result of complaints and intelligence received, and continue our goal of addressing drug abuse and drug trafficking occurring in our community.
See It - Hear It - Report It.
The number one question we get after a line of duty death is this:
“When will it stop?”
The truth? It won’t.
That’s what is so remarkable about what our men and women in law enforcement do. It’s that between the easier calls and the hard calls, they know that either one of them can go south quicker than their response time.
Cops die. They die heroically doing something a lot of people don’t have the gumption to fathom. They do it willingly, without hesitation, without delay.
And even when the moment comes to lay down their life, they do it as selflessly as the day they took an oath to protect and serve their communities.
So, no. It won’t stop. Evil will always try to rise. Every day, it’s knocking on our doors and lurking around the corners.
But the good news?
There are men and women waiting to rise up and meet it.
And they will rise every...single....time.
Annual Report Released
The latest Greenhills Police Department Annual Report has been released. It is chock full of information and pictures - see if you can find yourself or your neighbor in there!
To check it out, click here.
Now Accepting Applications:
Citizens Police Academy!
The Third Graduating Class of the Greenhills Citizens Police Academy
Left to right: Larry Smith, Kristina Irby, Lieutenant Anne Ward, Mayor David Moore, Ronald Ahlers, Karen Cartier, David Cartier, Sandy Evans, Chief Neil Ferdelman, and Sergeant Tim Lukes.
On November 9, we graduated our third Greenhills Citizens Police Academy Class. Our graduates have told us this was both an interesting and fun experience. Congratulations to them! If there is sufficient interest, we plan to hold another Citizens Police Academy class in February of 2018. The classes will be conducted in five sessions every other Thursday from 6 PM to 8:30 PM starting in mid-February. If you are interested, an application form can be found at this link, in our lobby, or call us at 513-825-2101 and we will mail one to you.
Beware of Credit Card Skimmers!
Crooks have become increasingly high-tech, and are waiting to raid your credit card accounts through the use of sophisticated "skimmers" installed at ATMs or other Point of Sale devices. For details, click here!
Did you text while driving today? Ever? If you did, this message is for you. If you ever have, click here. This message may change your life. No, scratch that. This message may save your life.
Greenhills Police Officer
Apprehends Murder Suspect
Greenhills Police have identified and arrested the man suspected in a fatal shooting outside of a Springdale lounge. Workers at the Indulge VSP Lounge on Glensprings Drive called police to report trouble with a patron early Thursday morning. A fight broke out on the dance floor between Shawndre Houston, 33, and David Salter II, both of Cincinnati.
After the bouncer broke it up, Salter's friends reportedly began assaulting Houston. He was repeatedly struck in the face as bouncers attempted to end the second fight. Houston then left the lounge in a gray Hyundai Sonata with his cousins Keonta Hardy and Laray Bush. Houston drove around the club twice before stopping next to Salter. Houston fired five shots from the car, hitting Salter 2-3 times. Salter was taken to Bethesda North Hospital, where he died.
The car was spotted and stopped by a Greenhills police officer and the three men were taken into custody. Houston was charged with Aggravated Murder. Hardy, 22, received a charge of Obstructing Justice for denying being at the scene of fight and shooting, contrary to what was seen on surveillance footage.
The Greenhills Police Officer was commended for his alertness and diligence.
" A Professional, Progressive
Police Agency Doing the
Rights Things the Right Way"
Assessment Team Recommends Reaccreditation
The following was sent to Greenhills officers, the Municipal Manager, the Mayor, and Council:
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF POLICE
TO: All Police Personnel
CC: Municipal Manager, Mayor, and Council
ON: December 15, 2016
As you know, for the past three days, we underwent a rigorous inspection conducted by two assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Some of you met with them or they rode with you. Yesterday afternoon, the assessors met with me, Lieutenant Ward, Sergeant Lukes, Accreditation Manager Vonda Secoy, as well as the Municipal Manager and the Mayor.
During this exit briefing, they reported their findings to us that will be relayed to the full Commission. They found us in full compliance with all applicable standards, and will recommend our reaccreditation to the Commission when they next meet in March in Mobile, Alabama. Vonda Secoy and I will have to testify before the Commission at that time and answer any questions they might have.
Our assessors concluded that the Greenhills Police Department accomplishes excellent community outreach, and establishes significant relationships between the community and the face behind the badge. These relationships, they observed, have generated goodwill throughout the community. They further observed that our officers are committed to providing excellent customer service to our residents with a focus on continual improvement. Our assessors said they were very impressed with what they saw. They noted that we are a professional, progressive police agency that is doing the right things the right way.
The assessors told us that the police employees they spoke with were open, accommodating, and hospitable. A large component of their visit involved public outreach. They spoke to six persons by phone, and 16 persons attended our public hearing on Monday. All of the comments received were complementary and supportive of the department. These persons included residents, Citizens Police Academy alumni, school officials, and police officers and administrators from other jurisdictions. That support comes as the result of the daily interactions that each of us has with them, and it reflects the good work each of you regularly do.
The accreditation process is voluntary. There is no state or federal mandate to participate. It is designed for police departments that want to demonstrate excellence in what they do. Our Council chose this path almost a decade ago, and the process continues to promote best practices for our agency, providing a benefit to our officers, staff, and community. Outside experts arrived, observed, and collaboratively proffered suggestions that make us better. It is a commitment to continuous improvement.
Thank you for your role in the actions that set us aside as an excellent police department.
Neil R. Ferdelman
Chief of Police
The CALEA Assessors are pictured above with the GPD Accreditation Team. From left: Greenhills Police Chief Neil Ferdelman, Captain Peg Schmidt-Fuller, Chief John Letteney, Lieutenant Anne Ward, and Accreditation Manager Vonda Secoy.
Golf Carts in Greenhills!
In 2015, the Greenhills Council passed an ordinance that will allow the operation of golf carts on our residential streets, with certain limitations.
The restrictions are designed to ensure the safety of everyone on our streets, including those in golf carts. They include:
- Golf carts are only permitted on village streets where the speed limit is 25 MPH, which means that they cannot be driven on Winton Road (they are permitted to cross Winton).
- The operator of a golf cart must be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver’s license;
- All child safety seat requirements for motor vehicles apply to children under the age of nine. Safety belts are required in the front seat for all. To see all of the items that are inspected as required by Ohio law, click here.
- Golf carts must be operated in accordance with all State of Ohio traffic laws in addition to all applicable sections of the Greenhills Municipal Ordinances.
Prior to operation on our residential streets, a golf cart must be registered with the State of Ohio as a motor vehicle and inspected by the Greenhills Police Department. Once a golf cart owner is ready for an inspection and contacts us at 825-2101, an officer will come to the owner’s residence or Greenhills business to conduct the inspection. INSPECTIONS ARE PROVIDED TO GREENHILLS RESIDENTS OR BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY FOR GOLF CARTS TO BE OPERATED IN GREENHILLS. The officer will verify the owner’s valid operator’s license and proof of insurance, and visually verify all of the equipment that is required by Ohio law to be present on a registered motor vehicle. This includes seatbelts in the front of the cart, a horn, taillight and reflectors, license plate light in the rear and license plate brackets, working headlights, horn, rear view mirror, windshield, turn signals, proper steering and brakes, and windshield wipers.
If the cart does not pass inspection, the cart owner will be advised what corrections are needed to pass, and asked to re-contact the department when the corrections have been made. If the cart passes inspection, the owner will be:
- Directed to come to the department the following business day where he or she will be required to pay the designated annual inspection fee (currently set at $25.00),
- Issued a Golf Cart Certificate of Compliance, and
- Issued a Golf Cart Safety Inspection sticker, effective for one year, for placement on the rear of the golf cart.
We are ready to conduct the inspections now and welcome your calls. Once the golf cart has been successfully inspected and issued a sticker, the operator must obey the same traffic laws that apply to all other vehicles in addition to those that specifically govern golf carts as listed above. This ordinance provides our residents with a mechanism to have some fun. We hope all who use carts on our streets enjoy themselves but ask that while doing so, they operate them safely and in compliance with the law.
Beware the LATEST scam targeting residents
Residents have reported receiving scam calls involving the Affordable Care Act. The scam is just the latest in a string of those deployed by criminals looking to swindle residents out of money.
About 1,200 Ohioans reported they were targeted by scam artists this year, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Those included scams made by phone, on computers and through the mail, his office said.
“Every day, there’s a scammer who picks up the phone, tells a big lie, and tries to get money from someone in Ohio,” DeWine said. “No longer do thieves have to rob a bank to get cash. They just pick up the phone, tell a very detailed, believable story — and smart Ohioans all over the state fall for their scam.”
The best way residents can avoid falling for these con artists’ lies is to be aware of their schemes, he said. Older residents are often the target of scams, according to the AARP, who said seniors should use caution when a caller requests personal information.
In the Affordable Care Act scam, callers are taking advantage of consumers’ uncertainty surrounding the law, according to the AARP. “Posing as insurance agents or representatives of the federal government, these scam artists try to sell fraudulent policies or obtain sensitive information like Social Security and bank account numbers,” a press release from the AARP said.
The Ohio Attorney General’s Office received more than 1,670 identity theft complaints in 2015, an increase of more than 300 from 2014. Anyone who believes someone has attempted to scam them should file a complaint online at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or by phone at 800-282-0515.
We received the following bulletin from
the Ohio Department of Public Safety:
A foreign-based group is hiding information-stealing malware inside Christmas-themed mobile apps. The group appears to be engaged in both economically-motivated Internet Protocol (IP) theft and gathering intelligence which could be useful to governments. These hackers are seeking documents that provide classified data from software companies and government organizations. The malware takes files and screenshots before sending them to a command and control server in Germany. The group is actively recruiting mobile app developers and has been pushing out Christmas-themed mobile games loaded with malware, which connects back to the same IP address in Germany. The malware has already infected approximately 8,000 devices and is designed to steal data from the victim’s devices including contacts, SMS, call records, location information, calendar, photos, and browser history.
Beware of what you and your family members install on your smartphones!
Allow installations ONLY from trusted, authorized
sources such as I-Tunes or Android Play Store.
Greenhills Neighborhood Watch
by Lieutenant Anne Ward
The Greenhills Police Department is in the process of developing a community based block watch organization and is looking to find interested citizens who would like to participate in the program. The block-watch program will be designed to focus on matters that are important to the residents of Greenhills.
The police department will work in conjunction with block watch members to reduce crime, the fear of crime, and improve the quality of life for all of the people that live and work in the Village. If you would like to be a member of this proactive group, you can either call the Greenhills Police Department at 513-825-2101 or apply online. Apply here.
Once the program is underway, we plan to conduct training for block watch members, along with regular meetings. We hope citizens are interesting in joining us to keep our community safe!
The Greenhills Police Department, in partnership with our citizens, will excel in providing dependable and professional service to ensure the safety of our community.
Child Safety Seat Alert
The Greenhills Police Department has issued a good number of citations to motorists recently for violation of child safety seat traffic laws. Our first priority is to the safety of motorists and their small passengers. Here are Ohio's laws regarding infant and child safety:
Ohio’s children are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches (57 inches) tall.
Ohio’s child passenger safety law requires the following:
- Children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.
- Children less than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
- Children ages 8-15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.
Fines will range from a minimum of $25 to a maximum of $75 per occurrence. A booster seat can be purchased for as little as $15. Don’t wait for a ticket!
The Greenhills Police Department is a member of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force
First Responders Form Heroin Task Force
First responders from throughout Hamilton County, including representatives from the Greenhills Police Department, met today to announce the formation of a task force to combat heroin in our communities. For more on the story, click here.
Latchkey Kids . . .
40% of American children are left alone everyday. These 'latchkey children' need special help - they're uniquely susceptible to unsafe situations.
To see statistics, other information, and tips for latchkey kids, click here.
For a checklist of suggestions and a resource that you can use to help your child in case of emergency, click here.
In December 2013, the Ohio General Assembly expanded the state’s “Move Over” Law, which requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane — or slow down if changing lanes is not possible — when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road. Its purpose is to protect everyone who works on our roads—including thousands of law enforcement officers, emergency personnel, construction workers, tow operators and many others—and everyone who travels on them.
To learn more, click here: MoveOver.Ohio.gov.
Seat belts are the most effective safety feature ever invented and have helped save thousands of lives. Sadly, one in five Americans fail to regularly wear a seat belt when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. If you "Click It," we won't have to "Ticket" and we will continue to reduce seat belt fatalities on Greenhills' safe streets.