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Our Department staffs a 911 Dispatch Center for the City of Port Clinton 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Our Dispatchers handle a wide range of responsibilities under varying degrees of stress. Answering emergency calls, handling radio traffic, entering calls for service, running checks, taking bonds and waivers, and taking complaints in person to name a few. The dispatch office is an integral part of our Department and its service to the community. We have a large source of information at our disposal and use it to the best of our abilities to assist not only our Officers on duty but other agencies and citizens alike. If you contact our dispatch office and we cannot provide you the information you are looking for we will gladly direct you to the people or agency that you need. If there is ever a need for Police, Fire, EMS or you just need information, please, call anytime, we are here for you.


Open from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday. We maintain records that are used in the administration and operation of the Department. All criminal and traffic records generated by the PD are processed and maintained. We process all public record requests from many different agencies and citizens. The records office remains current on the Public Records Act and complies with the Records Retention Schedule as set forth by the Ohio Historical Society. We make reports accessible as a means to provide trust between the public and our Department. See our Links/Downloads page to download a records request form.


Using a victim-centered approach, crimes will be investigated thoroughly and promptly with professionalism and tenacity, helping to enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors in the City of Port Clinton.

The Port Clinton Police Detective Bureau will practice the values described above by identifying, selecting and training quality personnel who will carry out the many specialized duties of the assignment as a Detective. Through the use of traditional investigative methods as well as the latest technological resources, Detectives primarily conduct investigations into all major crimes that are committed in the City of Port Clinton.

In support of this primary investigative function, Detectives also develop and maintain criminal intelligence information and assist officers in our Patrol Division. In addition, Detectives frequently assist other area law enforcement agencies forming positive relationships that help lead toward the common goal of suppression of criminal activity in the City of Port Clinton and surrounding communities.

Currently, the officer assigned to the Detective Bureau is Sergeant Corbin Carpenter who conducts a variety of investigations dealing with all major crimes, often including, but not limited to;

  • Sexual Assaults
  • Aggravated Assaults
  • Burglaries
  • Robberies
  • Thefts
  • Bias crimes
  • Child Abuse allegations
  • Fire Investigations
  • White collar crimes
  • Missing persons
  • Computer-related crimes
  • Suspicious deaths
  • Illegal narcotics activity

Forms & Links

Contact Detective Sgt. Carpenter

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Robert J. Hickman
Chief of Police
Proudly Serving Since 1981

Chief of Police

This we are, this we believe and this we do

We believe that our employees are our greatest asset and will strive to work together in a partnership of respect and communication which will result in a better organization and better service.

We believe in respect for the people we serve.

We believe in and will act with fairness.

We have integrity and will have this as the foundation for our own and our organization’s existence and decisions.

We believe in and serve the Constitution of the United States of America in word and in spirit.

Contact Chief Robert J. Hickman

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