Bruce Hoffbauer began his 34 year career as a law enforcement professional in 1985 as a Hamilton County Deputy Sheriff, where he was initially assigned to the Corrections Division. In 1986, Bruce entered the 68th recruit class of the Cincinnati Police Academy as a police recruit. 


Since 1986, Bruce has served the City of Cincinnati in over a dozen different roles across police District One, District Three, District Four, and District Five. These assignment have included the uniform patrol force, traffic unit investigator, relief supervisor, relief commander, Special Events Unit, Vortex Unit (in partnership with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office), and Police Academy Commander. Bruce Hoffbauer currently serves as the District 3 Relief Commander. 

Service to Hamilton County runs deep in Bruce's family. Ray Hoffbauer, Bruce's father, retired as a Colonel in the Hamilton County Sheriff's office after 52 years on the job. Bruce's mother Mary Jo worked in the Prosecutors's office for 35 years. Bruce's wife Patty retired from the Cincinnati Police Department after 25 years, and they passed on their passion for service to their children Jake and Katie. Jake serves as a Cincinnati Firefighter and a Katie serves as a Cincinnati police officer.

Bruce went to Elder High School, graduating in 1982. Bruce has a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and grew up in Delhi Township. Bruce lives in Green Township with his wife Patty.


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