The Willoughby Police Department is currently staffed with forty-three full-time sworn officers and fifteen full-time civilian staff. Nine of those are Communications Operators (dispatchers). This is complemented with several part-time civilian staff and a variable number of part-time sworn officers up to thirty-three at full staff. The Department is comprised of a number of divisions including Patrol, Detective Bureau, Community Involvement, Court/Jail Officers, Dispatch, Clerical, Victims’ Advocates, and Administration. Within those divisions, there is a firearms training unit, Crash investigation unit, DARE Officers, Motorcycle unit, ERT (SWAT) officers, Defensive Tactics instructors, Evidence, Photography, and other specialty areas.
The Willoughby Police Department strives to maintain a positive image in the community by making every effort to be fair in our application of the law, be pro-active in crime prevention, and maintain transparency with the public. We hold ourselves accountable and take advantage of every training opportunity possible for our staff.
We would like to take every opportunity to encourage the community to also be pro-active in crime prevention and also educate yourselves in the current trends in crime. All too often we take reports from citizens who fall victim to frauds and lose considerable amounts of money. ALWAYS take the time to contact us and ask questions before giving any information or funds in any form to anyone seeking them that you were not already expecting. Also, do not hesitate to contact us if you see anything unusual. We would prefer to receive information that turns out to be nothing then not receive a report of a crime in progress.
In closing, I would like to say that as Chief of the Willoughby Police Department since July of 2012, much has happened and there is still much to be done. The entire staff works together with the goal of operating in such a manner as to accomplish the mission of the department and better serve the community. As a native of Willoughby, I have a personal interest in the success of the Department and its effectiveness in carrying out our mission. To assist me with that, I want to encourage and increase two-way communication between the Willoughby Police Department, its personnel, and both the business and residential community.