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Familiar name becomes top cop in Cleves

Posted at 12:33 AM, Sep 15, 2015

CLEVES, Ohio -- A familiar name is taking command of the Cleves Police Department.

Richard K. Jones Jr. is the new top cop in the western Hamilton County village, population 3,300.

Name rings a bell? He's the son of Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones.

Jones started his new job Thursday, overseeing the Cleves Police Department's two full-time officers and 10 part-time officers.

In his role as chief, Jones said he's committed to community policing because it works.

"It is imperative that a police department works closely with its residents," Jones said in a news release. "They must strive to keep crime low, providing a modern professional police force that is equipped to handle what is demanded from current law enforcement practices and the community for which we serve."

Before joining the Cleves Police Department, Jones worked in Oxford, the Warren County Sheriff's Office, Fairfield Township and Metroparks Butler County. He also served five years active duty with the U.S. Army, spending time in Afghanistan and Germany.