Our department has 37 employees which includes 3 Lieutenants, 6 Sergeants, 3 Detectives, 15 Officers, 7 Dispatchers and 3 Clerks.

Five of our employees have served over 25 years and nine employees have served over 15 years. Our department’s average years of service is 11.5 years.


This division is the backbone of every municipal law enforcement agency and the Tiffin Police Department is no different. In 2022, our Patrol Division was composed of 1 Lieutenant, 6 Sergeants, 15 Patrol Officers and 1 Student Resource Officer. Officers responded to thefts, auto accidents, suicidal subjects, unattended death investigations, neighbor disputes, drug offenses, robberies, burglaries, alarms, suspicious activity calls, unsecured doors, found or lost property, missing persons and a vast variety of other incidents.

2022 Stats

  • Responded to 12,084 calls for service, an increase in over 1,000 calls from the previous year of 11,016
  • Average 35 calls for service per day
  • Conducted 2,256 traffic stops
  • 80.2% of all traffic stops resulted with a verbal warning
  • 16.9 % of the traffic stops resulted in citations and 3.7% resulted in some form of arrest
  • Investigated 645 traffic crashes
  • 5,162 Officer-Initiated Activities
  • Issued 989 parking tickets (438 citations, 551 warnings)


The Criminal Division (CD) is responsible for the investigation of multiple and major crimes both adult and juvenile, including homicide, rape, robbery, arson, burglary, fraud and major drug violations. The plain-clothes investigative unit consists of one Lieutenant and two Detectives and one Narcotics Detective (assigned to the drug task force full-time).

2022 Stats

  • 153 Cases opened
  • 158 Cases closed
  • 21% Closed by arrest


During the last quarter of 2022, the SRO handled 330 Calls-For-Service. Of those, 302 (91%) were found to be administrative tasks that required no law enforcement action. Law Enforcement action was taken in 26 (9%) Calls-For-Service which resulted in 16 arrests of juveniles. The vast majority of arrest cases involved students in possession of contraband (vape pens) on campus.


Our Communications dispatchers continually monitor telephone lines and active radio frequencies.

2022 Stats

  • 75,563 Police & Fire radio communications
  • 12,084 Dispatched complaints
  • 551 Walk-in complaints
  • 4,883 911 calls
  • Average 4.3 seconds response time/per 911 call
  • 18,775 Non-emergency calls

As a unit, our dispatchers have over 40 years of combined experience and dispatch for both Tiffin Police and Tiffin Fire & Rescue. They have completed over 80 hours of advanced training including certifications in Police, Fire & Emergency Medical Dispatch.

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The K-9 Unit is an enhanced support function for the Patrol Unit and other departmental units. The K-9 Unit’s primary functions are to respond to calls of incidents with armed or dangerous suspects, in-progress felonies, tracking missing persons or suspects, crowd control, building searches, searches for articles or evidence (including narcotics), and public demonstrations.

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SRT is an acronym for Special Response Team. The team consists of specially trained officers from other sections within the police department. They respond to seven main categories of calls:

  • Assist Other Jurisdictions
  • Barricaded subjects – Armed subject(s) barricaded against arrest
  • Heavy Arrest – Arrest of multiple armed felons in a fortified location
  • High Risk Drug Search
  • Warrants
  • Hostage Situations
  • Sniper
  • Special Circumstances (Riot suppression, etc.)

The Tiffin Police Department SRT Team was formed in the fall of 1990 and formally incorporated into department functions in January 1991. The team handles high risk calls that are not otherwise handled by patrol.

The CNT Team is separate from the SRT Team but works closely with them.

CNT is an acronym for Crisis Negotiation Team and was formed in 1994. The team is made up of officers specially trained in the area of negotiations and have attended basic and advanced hostage negotiation courses. The CNT works closely with the SRT Team and are called out to some SRT calls. The CNT deals with the following categories of calls:

  • Barricaded Criminal Suspects
  • Barricaded Suicidal Subjects
  • Hostage Situations
  • Other incidents which require trained negotiators

When a line supervisor requests the SRT or CNT Team they are paged out and respond to the situation at hand. SRT and CNT are support units for the Patrol Division.


Tiffin Police Department is a participating member of the Seneca County Drug Task Force. The task force is a collaborative effort of local law enforcement agencies including the Tiffin Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Fostoria Police Department, BCI&I and an intelligence agent from the Ohio National Guard. In 2020, the task force moved into a new space within the TPD building.