How do I file a nuisance complaint?
If you have a nuisance complaint that needs to be forwarded to the nuisance officer, please call 740-773-2700. Emails can also be sent to the Nuisance officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know if someone is in Jail? Post bond?
The Chillicothe Police Department contracts with the Ross County Sheriff’s Department for the housing of adult prisoners. Questions about bond, visiting hours and all other pertinent questions dealing with adult prisoners should be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Office at 740-773-1187, or by going to the 24 hour bail bonding door. www.rosssheriff.com/jail.html This link also has a Jail Roster in case you need to find out who is in jail!
How can I get a copy of a police report and photos?
Our records department is open Mon-Fri. 8AM to 4PM, and is closed on major holidays. A fee may be required for copies. Please contact the records department during business hours at 740-773-1195, option 3. FAX: 740-779-2802
Some forms can be downloaded from our Useful Forms tab on the website.
Where do I pay a fine or find out the status of a court case?
This depends on whether the case was heard in Common Pleas (felonies) or Municipal Court (misdemeanors, traffic and parking).
Chillicothe Municipal Court
Ross Clerk of Courts
How do I get a background check performed? Fingerprints?
Police Department background checks are performed at the Police Department records window. Link to background check form
All civilian fingerprint checks, as well as Sheriff's department background checks are performed by the Ross Co. Sheriff's Office. Web based FBI/BCI checks are also performed here. For more info go to
Ross County webcheck
For information on Concealed Weapons licensing, go to Ohio Attorney General Conceal Carry Info
Conceal Carry booklet
When will the dog warden come out?
The Ross Co. Dog Warden works Mon-Friday from 8A-4P. The dog warden will come out after hours only if a dog is aggressive or injured and the owner cannot be located. They will also respond to dog bites as well.
Want to adopt a dog or help out at the Ross County Humane Society? Click here.
Need to file a complaint or commendation about an officer?
In person complaints (on scene or Law Complex) or by phone (740-773-1191), should be directed to the on-shift supervisor, who will follow up on the matter and provide applicable forms. Certain ORC sections are applicable when filing complaints on police officers: 2917.32(A3), 2921.13(a), 2921.15(b). Whenever possible, complaints should be completed within 45 days of receipt.
Did the officer do a good job? Contact the on duty supervisor as well to tell your story or fill out paperwork for the commendation.
Do I have a warrant? Will the Police issue a restraining order for me?
The Chillicothe Police Dept. does not give warrant information over the phone. A status of a warrant may be found on the appropriate court website. If you think you have a warrant, you need to come to the Law Complex and speak to an officer or deputy. If you know the whereabouts of someone with a warrant, you may call the department and provide the dispatcher with the person’s full name and exact address where they can be found.
The Police Department does not issue TPOs or CPOs. Restraining orders are issued through the court system.