The Special Operations Bureau contains four sections that are vital to the continued high quality standard of service the City of Mansfield has come to expect. The four sections include The Detective Section, Professional Standards, Forensic Science Section, and Crime Analysis. The Special Operations Bureau is under the command of Captain Shari Robertson.
The Detective Section falls under the command of the Special Operations Bureau. The Detective Bureau consists of two units, the Major Crimes Unit and the Juvenile Crimes Unit. The Major Crimes Unit consists of 1 Lieutenant, 1 Sergeant, and 4 Detectives. One of the four detectives is specialized through a Domestic Violence Grant. This grant is made possible by the Federal Violence Against Women Act. The Juvenile Crimes Unit consists of 2 Detectives. One of the two Juvenile Crimes Detectives is currently assigned to Richland County Children Services.
The Professional Standards Unit is responsible for grant writing, Officer training and continued education, Field Training for newly hired Officers,
hiring and recruitment, Reserve/Auxiliary Unit, and Accreditation.
Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC)
The Northern Ohio Violent Crime Consortium (NOVCC) was established through the United States Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio in 2007. The collaboration includes the largest eight cities in the district to include: Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Elyria, Lorain, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown. This project has fostered a greater level of cooperation between law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels and has resulted in significant training opportunities as well as an increased analytic capacity through the Intelligence-Led Policing philosophy.
The Forensic Science Section operates under the command of Tony Tambasco, civilian Scientist. This section is responsible for processing of crime or incident scenes and the collection, analysis, and storage of evidence. The forensic Science Section currently maintains the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board Certificate of Accreditation, number 347, in the disciplines of Controlled Substances, Biology, Latent Prints, and Firearms/Toolmarks. The laboratory received new grant funding front he National Institute of Justice for the 2013 DNA Backlog Reduction Program. This funding will provide for the continuation of the employment of the DNA Analyst, analyst overtime, equipment, and supplies.
Crime Analysis is currently a full time function performed by a Crime Analyst who assists with Planning and Research within the Police Department. The Mansfield Police Department has a strong history of identifying and addressing criminal conduct based on crime analysis and intelligence led policing strategies. The Crime Analyst reports to the Special Operations Bureau Commander. Additionally, the Crime Analyst is responsible for monitoring crimes for patterns, trends, and series and disseminating reports to division personnel.
The employees of the Mansfield Division of Police are committed to the delivery of quality police service to all citizens. They strive to serve the public professionally and within the high standards that are set by Division policy and procedure.
The Auxiliary Unit was developed to increase interest in law enforcement and has proved to be an effective recruitment tool over the years. The Unit is comprised of Reserve Officers, Auxiliary Officers and Law Enforcement Explorers. Auxiliary Officers are civilian volunteers 18 years of age or older who are not certified by the State of Ohio as a Police Officer. Reserve Officers are civilian police volunteers, 21 years of age or older with current certification by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission, certifying them as an Ohio Police Officer.