Earl Edward Price, Jr. was born December 19, 1956 in Richmond, Virginia to his devoted parents Earl Edward Price Sr., and Joyce M. Price. He was the oldest of four children born from this union. In 1960, at the age of 3 years old, he and his parents moved to the City of Cincinnati. Earl was a graduate of Hughes High School. He received his associate in science, and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Earl received his master’s degree in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Earl reaffirmed his strong Christian faith in the Lord by being baptized again on May 17, 2015.
Family was the most important thing to Earl. He leaves to cherish his memory; his devoted wife of 31 years Karen Price (Rhodes) whom he married on June 3rd, 1989 and one loving daughter, Mariama Price, parents, one brother Michael Price (Beatrice), and two sisters, Shalon R. Price and Melanie L. Burden(Maurice), two nieces, Bashia M. Price and Riana P. Spiller, three nephews, Nicholas M. Price, Chandler M. Burden, and Kendall B. Spiller, two sisters-in-laws Kristi Spiller and Beatrice Price, one brother-in-law Maurice Burden and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Major Price dedicated his life to serving others in the community. His career in criminal justice began at Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in 1981 as a corrections counselor with the Vocational Education Work Release Program and Drake Hospital’s Driving While Intoxicated Division for adult offenders. He dedicated a total of 39 years of service to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. Earl continuously elevated in rank at various positions including, Training Lieutenant in the Training and Development Division. He first retired from the Sheriff’s department in 2011. During his time with the county, he provided numerous programs and services that provided large scale security and safety protocols for protection of the citizens of Hamilton County, training hundreds of officers in various areas including expandable control devices, gun retention, use of force, self-defense, self-respect, CERT team implementation, a negotiator, adjunct instructor, and recruitment and hiring for law enforcement.
Earl returned to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department as Captain of Support Services where he eventually was promoted to Major of Special Services. As major, he was directly over and responsible for his own division which included the Fusion Center, Records Section and training section within the department until the time of his second retirement from the Sheriff’s department on January 3, 2021. Earl has achieved a multitude of accomplishments and accolades including over 40 certifications (for missing children and missing persons investigations, domestic violence, human trafficking etc.) through the Peace Officer Training Commission and the Office of the Attorney General’s Office and divisional commendations for emergency assistance as an adjunct instructor. One of his most recent contributions is his work with Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement program (ABLE) which emphasizes deputy’s in law enforcement to speak up when seeing fellow colleagues and individuals acting inappropriately to protect fellow citizens of Hamilton County. Major Price’s many acknowledgements as an outstanding officer were from other cities (including Sharonville), individuals, churches, and organizations (like the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department) who all benefitted from the safety measures and education put in place by him and his team.