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The Upper Arlington Police Division provides 24-hour service and is an integral part of developing and maintaining a safe and secure community through the cooperative efforts of many departments and community organizations.

The division proudly provides a wide range of police services and programs to residents, visitors and members of the business community. The division is staffed by sworn officers who are professionally trained and certified by the State of Ohio; and, by law, are also declared to be law enforcement officers of the State and conservators of peace with the authority to arrest. In addition to sworn staff, there are several full-time and part-time civilian staff who provide other support to the division’s operations.

The Chief of Police is the chief executive officer for the division and is responsible for the planning and research functions, preparation of the division’s budget, supervising internal expenditures and the overall administration of the selection of personnel. The division is further divided into three bureaus, each supervised by a lieutenant who reports directly to the chief. 


Our Staff & Investigative Bureau oversees criminal investigations against persons, property, juveniles, financial and vice/narcotics/intelligence complaints. In addition our Court Liaison Officer serves as Bailiff during Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court.


Our Patrol & Operations Bureau provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency and non-emergency law enforcement response and special event planning (i.e., Fourth of July and Labor Day events) to the community.


Our Support Services Bureau is responsible for maintaining the division’s accredited status and for overseeing a variety of safety-related and crime prevention programming to the community.

09Dec '19

Lane II Construction Updates

Chester Road Closure December 11 & 12 Please be advised that Chester Road will be closed to traffic from Wilshire Drive to Lane Avenue on Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday,…

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08Nov '19

Learning from Crisis and Tragedy

As I was handing out Halloween candy last Thursday, one of my worst fears came true—Police Chief Steve Farmer calling me to tell me that a shooting had just been…

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01Nov '19

Homicide on Colchester Road

On Thursday, October 31, 2019, at approximately 6:30 pm officers of the Upper Arlington Police Division and Fire Division were dispatched to 3303 Colchester Rd on the report of a…

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26Nov '19

Pilot Drug Court

It is the mission of the Upper Arlington Pilot Drug Court Program to provide management and treatment to misdemeanor defendants who incur offenses directly related to drug addiction in an…

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27Nov '18

Mayor’s Court

The Upper Arlington Mayor's Court serves as the judicial branch of the City of Upper Arlington. The Mayor's staff (Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court) also functions as…

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05Nov '18

Mayor’s Court

The Upper Arlington Mayor's Court serves as the judicial branch of the City of Upper Arlington. The Mayor's staff (Clerk of Court and Deputy Clerk of Court) also functions as…

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Police Equipment

As a testament to the division’s exceptional service, it has been an accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1993. In fact, when the division was re-accredited in 2005, it was selected as one of eight (out of 100) to be a “Flagship Organization,” and was further selected to serve as the model division for other departments seeking certification.

“Contendite Ductum” is the Latin inscription on the seal of the Upper Arlington Police Division patch. This motto means “Strive for Leadership,” and it represents the attitude held by those associated with this agency.

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Annual Report

The Police Division produces an Annual Report containing information on the division’s organizational structure as well as important statistics and accomplishments from the year. Click Annual Report image.

Past year documents can be accessed via Archives Portal – Police Annual Reports archives.

2018 Police Community Survey

Every three years, the Police Division fields a Police Community Survey, to gauge citizens’ opinions regarding crime, safety issues and police response and services, and to help guide the division in its allocation of resources. A total of 482 residents participated in the 2018 Police Survey.

When asked about the overall quality of police services, 87% of respondents rated services as “excellent” or “good.” Specific services receiving the highest percentage of “excellent” ratings were child safety programs, 911 and non-emergency response, and drug and alcohol education. Respondents expressed the greatest concern about the following crime and safety issues: illegal drug use and sales, residential burglary, online child/sexual predators, driving under the influence, and child abuse and neglect.

Quality police services are important to Upper Arlington residents – 97% of respondents agreed with the statement “Overall, I feel safe in Upper Arlington,” with 57% choosing “strongly agree.” The personal conduct of police officers in Upper Arlington also received high support, with 88% agreeing that the attitudes and behaviors of officers is professional and positive, 80% agreeing that officers are approachable and 93% agreeing that officers are doing a competent job.

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Police Beat Activity Reports

The Police Division keeps close track of emerging crime trends occurring in the community.

Monthly Police Beat reports can be accessed via Archives Portal – Police Report & Media News, search by report date.

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Traffic/Crash Reports

The Police Division maintains daily traffic crash reports available for insurance and reporting purposes.

Daily Traffic/Crash reports can be accessed via Archives Portal – Police Accident archives, search Police Accident Report by First Name, Last Name, Report # or Report Date. Contact the Upper Arlington Police Division with specific questions or concerns.



The City is part of the Franklin County emergency notification system, an online tool that can quickly dispatch texts, emails and voice messages to citizens, notifying them of extreme weather conditions and other breaking emergency situations.


Texting while driving is a primary offense in Upper Arlington. State law already bans texting, but it is only a primary offense for those under 18 (those over 18 must have committed another offense). Upper Arlington’s ban allows Police to pull drivers over and cite them for texting while driving without having to guess their age.


The City has guidelines and requirements for groups or individuals wishing to go door-to-door in the community for the purposes of selling items or services, or canvassing residents. This includes securing a peddling/soliciting permit. Click on the link below for full details of these requirements and to see the list of current peddling/soliciting permit holders.

If you believe you have been approached by a group or individual that does not have a permit, contact Police by calling 614-459-2800 as soon as possible so that an officer can be dispatched to the area.


City legislation requires convicted sexual offenders to register with the City’s Police Division if they live and/or work within the City’s boundaries. It also prohibits convicted sexual offenders from living or working within 1,000 feet of any school premises, licensed daycare facility, preschool, public park, swimming pool, library, or playground.

Background Check

The Upper Arlington Police Division offers background check services to those who need it for a job, licensing, volunteer work, etc.  No appointment is necessary to start the WebChecks process. First, you will need to visit the Municipal Services Center (3600 Tremont Road) between 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday to pay for the appropriate background check at the Finance Counter. Once your receipt is in hand, you can fill out the necessary forms available at the Police Division Help Desk.

There are two types of WebChecks offered:

  • BCI ($40)– This background check is filed through the State of Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation for fingerprint search only searches.
  • FBI ($40)– This background check is a national search base.
  • If you do both the total cost is $70.

What you need to bring with you:

  • Company information or licensing information
  • A photo ID (a government issued passport will work)
  • Information about where the results should be sent
  • If under 18 years of age, you must have a parent/guardian with you

This process can only be done in person and payments must be made at our Finance Department in the form of cash, check or credit card. Results typically take about 30 days to get back to you.

Text to 911

Franklin County’s Emergency Communications Centers—including the City’s provider, NRECC, at the City of Dublin—now offer a Text to 911 feature, enabling residents to send a text for assistance if necessary.

This new option should only be used under certain circumstances:

  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability.
  • If you are unable to speak due to an injury.
  • If you are in a threatening situation and a voice call would increase the threat.
  • If mobile phone reception is poor.

If you do need to send a text for emergency assistance, type in the numbers 911 in the “to” field. Then type a brief but informative message that includes your location and the type of emergency. Then press “send.”

Some other useful information about this emergency option:

  • Be aware that cell phones’ location information that accompanies a text is not as sophisticated as wireless voice call location technology.
  • A text or data plan is required on your cell phone to use this option.
  • The delivery of 911 text messages may be slightly delayed or could even fail.
  • Photos and video cannot be sent at this time.
  • The text for emergency assistance cannot go to more than one recipient. Do not copy any other contacts on your text.
  • Once your text has been received, you will be sent a response from the 911 call center.
  • Do not send a text to 911 as a prank—be aware that your phone can be identified and you may be prosecuted for misuse, according to local regulations.
  • At this time, Delaware County is the only other jurisdiction using Text to 911 in Central Ohio—should you send a text that can’t be delivered, you will receive a message from your wireless carrier notifying you that this service is not available at your location.
  • Do not text and drive.

In all other circumstances it is advisable to call 911 because a two-way conversation between you and a trained dispatcher is typically a more efficient means to provide the help you need during an emergency.  


The City’s emergency dispatching provider—the Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (NRECC) at the City of Dublin—has enhanced the level of service our emergency responders can provide to residents by becoming a Smart911TM agency.

Smart911TM is an online tool enabling residents to create a household “Safety Profile” that is directly shared with NRECC dispatchers in the event that you call 9-1-1 for assistance. Once registered, should an emergency occur at your home or to a family member whose information and phone number is included in the Safety Profile, dispatchers will immediately have access to information that could prove invaluable to first responders and, ultimately to those in need of assistance.

When you register your household with Smart911TM, you decide what information to include in your Safety Profile, such as:

  • Details about your home – in the event of a fire emergency, this information would help firefighters in their response, by knowing in advance the number and location of bedrooms and exit points.
  • Details about your family members – this includes the option to upload a photograph of each person, and to provide basic information such as age, weight, hair and eye color. Should one of your children or an elderly loved one go missing, police officers will be sent the photograph and pertinent information to help them in their search. It also gives firefighters critical information about the number of people to search for in a fire rescue situation.
  • Details about your pets – for safety reasons, it’s helpful for police officers responding to a burglary report to know if a home has dogs. Plus, if firefighters know how many pets live in your home, they are better positioned to rescue them in an emergency situation. And, if one of your family members has a service animal, emergency responders would know that this companion should accompany the family member in a transport situation.
  • Details about medical conditions or other special needs – by sharing details of any medical conditions, prescription medications, disabilities or other special needs pertinent to each family member, emergency responders will be able to provide the best possible care and make sure this vital information is shared with medical professionals in the event of a transport to hospital.

Even if an emergency situation occurs outside of your home, if the phone number of the person making the 9-1-1 call is associated with your Safety Profile, this will give emergency responders additional information, helping them pinpoint and inform other family members of what’s happened.

Your Safety Profile is private and secure, and you control what information is made available to emergency 911 dispatchers. Once registered, Smart911TM will prompt you to review and update your Safety Profile every six months, to help you keep your information current.

For all police, fire and EMS emergency responders, whenever they answer a call for help, they face many unknowns. The more they can know in advance, the better prepared they can be to provide the right assistance quickly and effectively. The information that can be made readily available to emergency responders through a household’s Safety Profile, can bring some clarity and insight to an otherwise chaotic and stressful situation.

We encourage you to register your household today.

How to Register

Register for Smart911TM by clicking here, or download the Smart911TM app on the Apple Store or Google Play . Your Safety Profile is private and secure, and you control what information is made available to emergency 9-1-1 dispatchers.


The Staff/Investigative Bureau oversees the Criminal Investigations Section, which is broken down into specialized units.  Detectives assigned to these units can investigate crimes outside of their specialization but are highly trained to investigate specific types of crime.  The specialized units include:  crimes against persons, crimes against property, juvenile crimes, financial crimes, and vice/narcotics/intelligence complaints

The Staff/Investigative Bureau is responsible for internal affairs complaints, central records functions and maintaining various reports. The Court Liaison Officer serves as Bailiff during Upper Arlington Mayor’s Court and attends hearings in Franklin County courts on behalf of Upper Arlington Police Officers.


Residents can request a report on an accident, incident or other police matter. The Police Division may charge a small fee depending on the type of record requested and the format in which it is provided. These requests can be made in person at the Police Desk, 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday or by completing the email form below.

More detailed records requests (local records check, cruiser video, 911 call tape, etc.) require completion of a Public Records Request form.


The Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is a multi-agency task force dedicated to the fight against computer facilitated crimes against children. The task force investigates cases of online child enticement and the possession or distribution of child pornography. The Upper Arlington Police Division participates in this task force, along with other suburban police agencies, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Division of Police, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.

Since the task force was formed in 2009, investigators have arrested over 746 sexual predators and identified 317 child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

To educate parents and teachers of the potential dangers of the Internet on their children, task force investigators offer Internet safety presentations. To schedule a presentation, contact our Community Relations Officer, at 614-583-5197 or complete the email form below.


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In public parks, dogs must be on a leash from 8 am to 8 pm during Daylight Savings Time and 8 am to 5 pm during Eastern Standard Time. At all other hours, dogs must still be under control by the owner. Additional responsible pet ownership guidelines can be found by linking to our Animal Control page.

The Police Division has a Drug Take Back Box located in the Municipal Services Center. Visit the Police Division section of our website or call 614-583-5150 with questions.

Upper Arlington does not have an Animal Control officer. You can call the suggested numbers below for any issues.

  • Capital Area Humane Society: 614-777-7387
  • SCRAM! Wildlife Control: 614-763-0696
  • Visit Animal & Wildlife Control regarding animal Laws and Lost pets.
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Contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150.

If the matter is a pending case, you need to file for discovery. If the matter is completed you may obtain a copy through our public records requests process with the City Clerk’s Office.

Safety Town is coordinated by the Police Division, in cooperation with the Fire Division and Parks & Recreation Department. Program details can be found in the Spring/Summer Parks & Recreation catalog or by visiting the Police Division – Support Services Bureau section of our website.

24 Hours. Motor vehicles parked on the street are a Police Division matter. Please call the Upper Arlington Police Division Non-Emergency number at 614-459-2800 to report.

For all City of Upper Arlington public record requests for Police or Mayor’s Court records, please visit Records Request – Police & Mayor’s Court on City Council – City Clerk web page. For Franklin County record requests you may visit or

Contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150.

You do not apply for Police Officer and Firefighter positions through the City’s website. They both begin with scheduling a test with National Testing Network. The process to apply for a Police Officer or Firefighter is detailed in the posting.

It is always best to work out issues related to neighbors in a positive manner. If you have exhausted positive communication methods, the City has a mediation program that may assist.

You should contact the Police Division at 614-583-5150 and review their page for further information.

Beggar’s Night typically falls on October 31 each year, unless that date falls on the weekend. Beggar’s Night hours in UA are 6-8 pm. View our annual calendar of events for additional details of Beggar’s Night activities in Upper Arlington.

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You may call the Probation Officer with appointment and scheduling questions at 614-583-5022.

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PLEASE NOTE: This is not an emergency reporting system. Requests are normally addressed during regular work hours of 8 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday. If you need to report a police matter, please call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number at 614-459-2800.

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