Resources and Links

Resources / Links

The following is a list of important links to local, regional, state and federal agencies and departments that provide invaluable information and services to our citizens. Please contact them directly for detailed information regarding their services.

Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security:

The Department of Homeland Security is the federal department that manages the nation’s homeland security operations, including border security, immigration enforcement, passenger screening, infrastructure protection and emergency response.

National Threat Advisory Information

*In the United States, the Homeland Security Advisory System was a color-coded terrorism threat advisory scale. The different levels triggered specific actions by federal agencies and state and local governments, and they affected the level of security at some airports and other public facilities.

Ohio Homeland Security:

The Ohio Homeland Security Division manages the state’s day-to-day homeland security operations, and oversees Homeland Security projects and procedures recommended by the State of Ohio Security Task Force. The Division is made up of the Domestic Preparedness Office, Counter-terrorism Office, Multicultural Affairs Office, Strategic Planning Office, Strategic Analysis and Information Center, and the Private Investigator and Security Guard section.

CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.)  

The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, that covers a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Codified Ordinances of the City of Powell

Visit here to conduct online search for laws specific to the City of Powell.

Delaware Common Pleas Court

The Delaware County Common Pleas Court has general jurisdiction to hear civil and criminal cases. The Juvenile Court oversees matters involving minors, including civil, criminal, traffic, child custody and abuse/neglect/dependent cases. Domestic Relations Court oversees all matters related to divorce, dissolution of marriage and child custody. The Probate Court oversees wills, estates and guardianships.

Delaware County Sheriff’s Office

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is responsible for:

  • patrolling all unincorporated areas;
  • enforcement of all laws;
  • investigation of misdemeanor and felonious crimes;
  • servicing the courts; and
  • providing and maintaining a jail

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has mutual aid relationships with other law enforcement agencies to help provide coverage and safety at all times for all residents.

Delaware Municipal Court

Delaware Municipal Court has responsibilities including felony cases (initial appearance and preliminary hearings), misdemeanor cases (through final determination), traffic and parking violations, civil actions up to $15,000, small claims actions up to $3,000 and administrative appeals of BMV cases.

DelCo Alerts

Delaware County offers you the opportunity to receive emergency notifications by signing up for DELCO ALERTS. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers’ interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

Click here for Information on the National Do Not Call Registry

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Official site for current information on Missing and Exploited Children. Search for missing children, view wanted posters and submit child sightings.

Ohio Attorney General:

The Attorney General’s duties fall into three broad functions. First, Attorney General Rogers is the lawyer for the State of Ohio and its departments, boards and agencies. This office represents the legal interests of the state, provides legal advice when requested by its clients, engages in litigation on behalf of the state and defends the state when it is sued. The Attorney General is responsible for the collection of debts owed to the state. Second, the office has enforcement authority in areas as empowered by the General Assembly. These areas include consumer protection, charitable solicitation, antitrust actions and organized crime. Finally, the office works with local law enforcement agencies at their request and provides criminal justice support services through the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation; peace officer training through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission; and task force participation through Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission. Occasionally, at the invitation of local prosecutors, attorneys with the office will serve as special prosecutors in criminal cases.

Click here for information on Online Consumer Complaints

Victim Services are provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, The Delaware County Office of Victim Services and the Delaware Municipal Court. VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) is a free information and notification system that provides the public with custody status and release information for offenders housed in Ohio’s systems. Please contact each agency by clicking on the provided links:

Ohio Attorney General – Victim Services

VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, which oversees driver and motor vehicle licensing and registration, continues to make services more convenient, efficient and cost-effective. A good example of the BMV’s strong commitment to improving customer service is the creation of – a Web site that hundreds of thousands of Ohioans use each year to renew their vehicle registrations and perform other business transactions with the BMV.

OBMV Next of Kin Emergency Contact Enrollment

The Next of Kin Registry is available through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to anyone who holds a valid Ohio Driver License, Commercial Driver License, Temporary Instruction Permit or Identification to Assist Law Enforcement in notifying the listed individual(s) in the event the licensed individual is killed or seriously injured, or rendered unconscious and unable to communicate. Providing this information is optional, and information provided will be used by Law Enforcement and BMV personnel only. Click on the link for more information or to register.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

The Ohio Department of Public Safety is proud to serve and protect the safety and security of Ohioans through eight divisions:  Administration, Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services, Homeland Security, Highway Patrol, Investigative Unit and the Office of Criminal Justice Services.

Digest of Ohio Motor Vehicle Laws

Ohio Traffic Rules

New Ohio Resident Information

Ohio Revised Code

The Ohio Revised Code contains all statutes of a permanent and general nature of the state as revised and consolidated into general provisions, titles, chapters and sections.

Ohio State Highway Patrol

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is an internationally accredited agency whose mission is to protect life and property, promote traffic safety and provide professional public safety services with respect, compassion and unbiased professionalism.

Driving Information:

Child Safety Seat Usage

School Bus Safety 

Paving the Way

Paving the Way is central Ohio’s road construction information website, providing information about road construction projects in the region and offering ways to manage traffic congestion.

Sex Offender Registry

The Sex Offender Registry is a state-of-the-art electronic sex offender registration and notification program designed to help Ohioans protect their families and communities. This Web site marks the first time the public and law enforcement have electronic access to a list of all registered sex offenders in the state in one location.

Wireless AMBER Alerts

Click here and enter your 10-digit wireless phone number in order to receive wireless AMBER alerts. Statistics show that the first three hours after an abduction are the most critical in recovery efforts. By signing up for wireless AMBER Alerts, you could play an integral role in the recovery of an abducted child.



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