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Police Divisions

Patrol Division
The Patrol Division is the most visible component of the Ottawa Police Department and is commanded by one captain. There are four uniformed patrol groups and a patrol sergeant supervises each group. Due to the size of the Ottawa Police Department the patrol officers serve “generalists” not specialists; meaning that they are trained to perform a variety of activities and functions. This contrasts with larger agencies, which have the resources to assign some officers to specialties that carry no other responsibilities. Generalization allows our officers to develop a variety of skills that enhances career development and maximizes our resources and staffing. For example: patrol officers are expected to follow-up most of their investigations unless additional assistance is needed from the Detective or the Drug Enforcement Units.
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Investigations/Administrative Services

Detective Unit
The purpose of the Detective Unit is to conduct follow-up investigations on serious felony offenses including but not limited to: homicide, rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault, sexual assault, arson, burglary and auto theft. Follow-up on certain misdemeanor cases leading beyond the boundaries of the City of Ottawa are referred to the Detective Unit.

To contact the detective assigned to your case, please call 785-242-2561 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Drug Enforcement Unit 

The Ottawa Police Department and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department have combined resources to form the Joint Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit. Although we have detectives assigned full-time to this important area of enforcement, it is the responsibility of all Ottawa police officers to enforce laws prohibiting the illegal possession, use and manufacture of narcotics including prescription drugs. The Drug Enforcement Unit also provides educational programs for civic and business organizations designed to assist them in promoting a drug-free home and work environment.

The use or manufacture of illegal narcotics is more than a crime. It is an ongoing attack on the on our community due to other crimes associated with drug use and trafficking. It is incumbent upon us all to report suspected narcotics violations by calling one of the following telephone numbers. The future of our youth depends on 

The Franklin County Drug Enforcement Unit: 785-242-6900
The Franklin County Dispatch Center: 911
TIPS Hotline: 1-888-311-8477

School Resource Officer
Unfortunately this position was eliminated due to fiscal challenges faced by USD 290 and the City of Ottawa. We remain committed to reinstating this position as soon as practical.

Animal Control


The Community Services Officer (CSO) investigates complaints of animal cruelty, abuse, or neglect and enforces the City and State animal control laws. The CSO rescues injured or sick stray pets and transports them to the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter for temporary care and housing. The CSO provides animal care tips, and educational presentations to individuals and organized groups. Prairie Paws is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Normal CSO duty hours are from 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday unless animal control issues require adjustments to these hours. 


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