Effective January 2, 2015, Craig Bucheit will be promoted to Hamilton, Ohio’s Police Chief. Bucheit has a long service record with the Hamilton Police Division, beginning his career as an officer in 1997 and being made Detective in 2001. In 2006, Bucheit was promoted to sergeant and served as a Patrol Shift Supervisor and later as the department’s Public Information Officer as head of the Public Affairs section. Later, Bucheit commanded a patrol shift as a Lieutenant until promotion to his current assignment as Police Captain in 2012. In addition, Bucheit has served 13 years as a member of the Hamilton-Fairfield-Miami University regional SWAT team most recently as the Team Commander.
A native Hamiltonian, Bucheit graduated from Badin High School and went on to receive an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice at Miami University. Bucheit is also a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and is expected to graduate the 14-month long Certified Law Enforcement Executive program in February 2015. Upon graduation he will join just over 300 graduates to hold the CLEE designation since the program’s inception in 1996.
City Manager Joshua Smith said, “I am excited to see someone of Chief Bucheit’s skill, demeanor, integrity, insight, and leadership style taking over this position. Chief Bucheit is a great asset for the Police Division and the City of Hamilton, and he will continue to empower our neighborhoods to be safe, clean, and engaged.”
Bucheit is eager to serve as the City of Hamilton’s next Police Chief stating, “I am honored to follow Chief Scrimizzi and the progress that his years of dedicated service have brought to our division. I plan to continue the vigorous pursuit of our division’s mission of providing exceptional police service for a better Hamilton.”
Bucheit continued in reference to partnership with the organization, “Our efforts will continue to focus on innovative strategies and the broadening our community engagement. One example of those efforts from April of last year was the creation of the downtown walking beat officer position. The position was made possible in part by a grant from the Community Foundation and local businesses and its creation exemplifies our efforts to engage residents and partner with businesses and not-for-profit entities. I will work to see this position becomes a permanent fixture in downtown as the city continues its historic redevelopment. Additionally, our partnership with the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in the Safe Neighborhood Initiative this summer is another shining example of how our department has worked collaboratively with other organizations which actively contributed to the recent reduction of gun violence”
When asked about his future as Chief, Bucheit commented that, “In addition to broadening our partnerships I want to see that our existing relationships with organizations like the City-Wide Faith Based Alliance and Hamilton City Schools are strengthened even further. I plan to also continue to pursue innovative strategies like the restructuring of our patrol shifts that will continue to allow more uniformed officers to be assigned to the street when they are needed. Finally, I plan to move forward with the civilianization of administrative positions currently held by sworn officers allowing more uniformed officers to be redirected to our frontline operations. All of these examples and more are how the Hamilton Police Division has and will continue under this administration to work for a better Hamilton.”
As Hamilton’s Police Chief, Bucheit will be taking the place of current Chief Scott Scrimizzi, who plans to retire on January 2nd, 2015. Bucheit will take on the oversight and administration of the division’s 122 person staff and $13.9 million budget.