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Department Mission Statement:

Highly effective law enforcement, outstanding service…


Germantown Police Department
75 North Walnut Street
Germantown, Ohio 45327
(937) 855-7271 Records
(937) 855-6567 Regional Dispatch/Non-Emergency



Chief’s Message:

Chief Roy W. McGill Jr., C.L.E.E.

Chief Roy W. McGill Jr., C.L.E.E.

Welcome to our website! We hope that you enjoy your online visit to the Germantown Police Department, and that as we build out this web page, you’ll look to it for information and referrals on law enforcement issues and items of local interest relative to law enforcement.
Our Departmental Mission is to deliver “highly effective law enforcement”, and “outstanding service” to the citizens of Germantown. Several years ago, our officers collaborated together to identify methods and practices that were essential to the fulfillment of that mission. The process culminated in the adoption of a strategic plan to implement our “7 Strategies For Success” as well as our Departmental “Core Values”. These guideposts for conduct and performance remain in effect even today, and can be found here at our website for your inspection.
The Germantown Police Department is a fiscally responsible agency, and we well realize that funding for the department comes from the hard work and laboring hours of our taxpaying citizens. Because of this, we spend your money with great caution, and in ways that are likely to get the most return for the investment. We have been generally, and will remain, an agency that operates within it’s budget.
Our staff of officers and support personnel are dedicated to public service and to the law enforcement mission, and we look forward to working with you our public to ensure Germantown’s ever brighter future!

May GOD Bless,
Chief Roy W. McGill Jr., C.L.E.E.
Chief of Police


About the Agency:


Chief Roy W. McGill Jr., C.L.E.E.
Serving Germantown since January of 1979, Chief began his Germantown Police career as a Patrolman, subsequently being promoted to Sergeant in 1981, and to Lieutenant in 1993. In 1998, Chief McGill was named to his current position.

The Chief is a graduate of Sinclair Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Police Science. He is also a graduate of both the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program (CLEE), through which he has been continually recertified.

The Chief sits on numerous executive level and advisory boards relative to area Task Forces, issues concerning law enforcement, and Police Academies. Chief McGill is a veteran of the United States Army Reserve where he served six years as a Military Police Officer.

Major – Deputy Chief Matthew P. Burns, C.S.I.
Major Burns is a highly decorated Officer who has served the Germantown community since 1988, when he began his career as a Patrolman. Major Burns has held the positions of Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant during his career. The Major currently directly commands the Detective Section, Records Section, and Training functions of the Department, as well as performing oversight responsibility of daily operations.

Major Burns is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC), where he currently sits on the Alumni Association Board, and is certified in crime scene investigations. The Major is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, where he served six years as a Military Police Officer.

Lieutenant Scott Brown, C.L.E.E .
Lieutenant Brown began his career with the Germantown Police Department in 1991 as a Police Cadet, and a Dispatcher. After graduating from the Police Academy he joined the ranks of the Auxiliary Staff. In 1993, Lieutenant Brown was promoted to a full time Police Officer where he continued in that capacity until 1998 when he was promoted to Sergent.

Lt. Brown was promoted to Lieutenant in 2012, and currently serves as the Road Patrol Commander, Property Room Manager, and is in command of the Technology Department. Lt. Brown graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) in 2006 and in 2014 Graduated from the Certified Law Enforcement Executive Program (CLEE). He is a certified instructor and teaches firearms and taser in the police academy.

Germantown Police Department Officer Complaints

The Germantown Police Department wants to ensure that procedures to register complaints involving any Germantown Police Department Police Officer or staff member are followed up in a timely manner by a Command Staff officer. “Outstanding Service” is a cornerstone of our Departmental Mission Statement, and all suggestions for improvements, concerns, or questions as to how a complaint was handled are important to our agency. Procedures for complaints are outlined in the Germantown Police Department Complaint Brochure that is contained on this website. Listed below are ways to communicate your concerns to our agency:

1. Fill out a Germantown Police Department Officer Complaint Brochure, and either drop it off or mail it to our department at 75 N. Walnut St., Germantown, Ohio;

2. Contact the Germantown Police Department by telephone at (937) 855-7271 between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM weekdays, or call (937) 855-6567 which is the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center which dispatches for our department after business hours. Your complaint or concern will be passed along to the appropriate supervisor.

Germantown Police Department Officer Recognition

Since the Germantown Police Department Mission Statement states that we are committed to “Highly effective law enforcement, and outstanding service,” citizen cooperation and input are essential if the department is to succeed in reaching our goal of providing outstanding service. It would be beneficial if we could be provided information where a member of our department has provided outstanding law enforcement service that you believe meets the criteria of our Mission Statement. It would be of great help to the Police Department Administration if you would take time to fill out the requested information on the Germantown Police Department Officer Recognition Brochure, and either email the form, or drop it off at the Germantown Police Department between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM, weekdays.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How can I reach a Germantown Police Officer?
A: The Germantown Police Department is dispatched through the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center at 937-855-6567.

Q: What is the maximum amount of time I can let a car sit on the street?
A: The maximum parking time for a vehicle on the street in the City is 48 hours.

Q: How can I get a copy of a police or accident report?
A: Copies of police or accident reports can be obtained from the Germantown Police Records Office. The office is open Monday through Friday 8am to 4:30pm. If you have any questions regarding copies of reports please call the office at 855-7271



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