Ovid John McLaughlin
About the Toledo Police
Toledo Police Department is organized into three divisions: Support and Administrative Services Division; Operations Division;
and, Investigative Services Division.
According to the Toledo Police Department,
“The Field Operations Division is the largest component of the police department and comprises both patrol and community
services operations. Under the direction of a Deputy Chief, these service are provided from three different
full-service facilities known as the Northwest, Central, and Scott Park District Stations, as well as numerous neighborhood
The Administrative Services Division,
commanded by a Deputy Chief, provides assistance in the areas of Planning & Research, Fiscal Affairs, Training, and Personnel
and Public Affairs.
Investigative Services Division, commanded
by a Deputy Chief, includes the Special Enforcement Bureau (Forfeiture Unit, Metro Drug Task Force, and Vice), and the Investigations
Bureau (Person and Property Section, Scientific Investigations, Auto and Sex Squads, Domestic Violence Unit, and the Technical
In addition to the large divisions,
the Toledo Police Department has a number of specialized units and functions such as the Crisis Intervention Team.
According to the Toledo Police Department, “The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a national program of community
partnerships involving law enforcement, the community, and mental healthcare agencies. Through quality training, officers
are given tools to better assist in resolving crisis situations involving individuals and families affected by mental illness.
In October of 2007, 16 officers and four communications operators graduated from the latest CIT class. The Toledo Police Department
has found value in this program and currently has 99 trained officers and 30 communications operators who are CIT trained.
A new CIT computer database was also established in 2007. This database provides officers with statistical data which makes
more efficient use of their time, and provides information to enhance their personal safety and that of the consumers they