Chief Beckwith Reports
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.
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.