Welcome to the official website of the Batavia Police Department. Our Department was officially formed in 1814 and we currently serve a population of just over 1,500. Batavia Village is the Clermont County seat and a vast majority of the County government offices reside within its boundaries, including courts and administration buildings. Our agency currently consists of 4 full-time officers including our K9 unit, 4 part-time officers and one auxiliary officer.
Chief Jim Young graduated from the police academy and started his law enforcement career in 1988. After holding part time positions in several smaller agencies he was hired by the Miami Township Police Department in January 1991. While at Miami Township, he held several positions as a patrol officer including Traffic Safety Officer and Explorer post advisor, before being promoted to Road Patrol Sergeant in 1996. While serving in this capacity he supervised multiple patrol officers handling the day to day calls for service to citizens of Miami Township. In 2013 he was chosen to be the Support Services Administrative Sergeant. In this position he managed many different components of Police Operations that included the Motor Unit, Traffic Safety Unit, the SRO and DARE programs in Milford Schools, Citizens Police Academy, Crime Prevention Bureau, Event Planning, State of Ohio grant writing and administration, and all fleet and facilities management initiatives.
He retired from Miami Township in January of 2016 with 25 years of service and accepted a position with the Owensville Police Department as an Administrative Lieutenant. In this capacity his responsibilities included writing police policy to gain compliance with the Ohio Attorney Generals’ Collaborative program along with writing and implementing updated Owensville Police Department policies and procedures.
In addition to his 30+ years of police experience, Chief Young holds several advanced education degrees including a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, and a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership. He is also a graduate of the prestigious Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. Chief Young has extensive experience in many different aspects of the law enforcement profession including uniformed patrol operations, budgeting, policy and resource management.
He will celebrate his 40th anniversary this year with wife Kendra. They have lived in Clermont County since 1994 and have two daughters and two grandsons.