Chief Beckwith Reports
The 2013 year has brought many changes in personnel at the Willoughby Police Department. Between December of 2012 and June of 2013, six employees have retired, which has allowed numerous members of the Department to be promoted and necessitated four new hires.
The Willoughby Police Department continues to be mindful of the economic times. In the spirit of cost cutting, the Department has joined with other police departments to join the “Lake Crash Reconstruction Unit” which will investigate serious and fatal crashes. Over time through attrition, and as equipment becomes antiquated we will not be replacing personnel or equipment instead sharing the burden with numerous other departments in Lake County. Additionally, with advances in technology, interaction with the Willoughby Police Department has become easier. Accident reports are now available on line as well as many forms for use by the Department.
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.
Report an Incident
If you wish to make us aware of a crime, incident, or suspicious circumstances that have occurred in Willoughby, please call us at 951-1234 and talk to one of our communications officers. You are also welcome to stop in to our station at 36700 Euclid Ave and ask to talk to an officer. In the event you wish to remain anonymous, you may also call our tip line at 975-0873 and leave a recorded message.
Neighborhood Speeding Complaints
Any observations of a serious nature should be reported by way of 911 immediately. General speeding or traffic signal violations on a particular street or area may be reported by way of this website. Please note any particular times or vehicle descriptions.
Officers use marked vehicles, hand-held lasers, motorcycles, and a speed trailer to monitor traffic for violations and officers are routinely assigned to targeted areas when identified.
Please follow this link to report general speeding or traffic signal violations.
The mission of the Willoughby Police Department shall be to provide a safe environment in which residents and non-residents can live and work. The Willoughby Police Department recognizes that it derives its authority from and is accountable to the community it serves. The Department will continually strive to provide effective and efficient police service consistent with the community’s needs and concerns. This mission shall be accomplished by the prompt but fair enforcement of the local and state laws. We believe the basic concerns of the citizens of Willoughby include a desire for peace, tranquility, and freedom from crime and disorder. We further believe that only through a coordinated police-community effort can public order and safety be achieved and sustained; therefore, we will actively encourage community support in a cooperative effort to achieve this mission.
Public Records Policy
Our city government belongs to the citizens of the City of Willoughby. We conduct our government activities in the open, and we are proud of our strong commitment to this important principle of democracy. View our Public Records Policy here.
Federal and State Record Checks
Municipal police departments are specifically prohibited from providing state and federal record checks. The Ohio Revised Code provides for private companies to offer this service. Additional information, including a list of vendors can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.