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Community Policing
The Summit County Sheriff's Office received a community policing grant in 1995. In June of that year we formed a Bike Patrol Unit of one full-time deputy and two part-time deputies. They patrolled all of the neighborhoods of our patrol districts, federal parkland and special events. Since that time we have added two more full-time deputies and have initiated bike training for other police agencies. This Unit has also implemented a Senior Watch to visit 160 shut-ins.

This past December we had our Ninth Annual Senior Luncheon. We hold a luncheon for the South Districts, one for AMHA Housing
and one for the North Districts.PT Cruiser

Throughout the year we speak to age groups ranging in age from 3 to 90 on various safety topics - including everything from stranger danger, cults, to telemarketing fraud. The Sheriff's Office also has an Explorer Post for youths 14 to 20. The focus of the Post is law enforcement. The members are put through some of the same training as the deputies.

When a Community Policing Deputy has the opportunity, he or she targets a district and visits every business there within a year and updates emergency contact information - which is then shared with the Fire Department. The deputies' other duties include horse-mounted events, neighborhood watch meetings, sexual predator notifications, routine patrol functions, emergency crisis responses, bike rodeos and various meetings of Boards of Directors or committees.


SMART Trailer

The S.M.A.R.T. Trailer (Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer) is used by the Summit County Sheriff’s Office in the following ways:
Address citizen speed complaints

Educate the public of problem areas/concerns the Summit County Sheriff’s Office is experiencing prior to setting an enforcement campaign.
Gather statistical data relating to speed, the volume of traffic by time of day, and/or day of the week.
The generated data is one of the tools used by Law Enforcement to validate or negate proposed traffic remedies.
Please contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 643-8617 if you are a resident and would like to address a speed problem with the S.M.A.R.T. Trailer.

Safety City

Safety City is a five-day program designed to educate pre-kindergarten children. It is limited to children residing in our patrol districts or going to school in one of our patrol districts.
The program is directed by our D.A.R.E. Officers and covers a variety of topics such as:

  • Stranger danger
  • Bicycle safety
  • Eddie the Eagle
  • Water safety
  • Wildlife education
  • Seat belts
  • Bus safety
  • Crossing the street
  • Traffic lights
  • Fire safety
  • 9-1-1

The importance of these issues is taught by having fun with songs, crafts, and activities.
For program dates and times, call (330) 643-8617.

Click here for Safety City Registration form.

Senior Watch

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office also offers our Senior Watch Program which pairs a deputy with senior residents who live alone, and who, regardless of age, are seriously affected by disability or chronic illness. Deputies make brief visits on a regular basis to those residents who are registered. Deputies check on their safety, security, and well-being.

For further information, please contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office (330) 643-8617.

Take Me Home Program

The Summit County Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Office are pleased to partner on the Summit County initiative to better support those with disabilities who may need extra help communicating in an emergency situation.

This program allows for the rapid identification and safe return of citizens who are unable to adequately communicate vital information such as their name and address to law enforcement officers. Those who are registered in this program are placed in a data-base that officers can access via radio or laptops in their cruisers.

The data-base is only accessible to law enforcement personnel. The system includes a picture, disability, description, and contacts. Our program was done in cooperation with The Autism Society of America and The Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information contact Community Policing Sergeant at 330-643-8617.

Public Speaking

Throughout the year deputies speak to age groups ranging in age from 3 to 90 on various topics – including everything from stranger danger, drug education and cults to telemarketing fraud. To schedule a speaker with prior approval call 330-643-2181 at least 30 days in advance.

Neighborhood Watch Program

This is a simple program of neighbors watching out for each other. It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

This is a simple program of neighbors watching out for each other. It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the Sheriff’s Office to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood.

1.    It is becoming acquainted with your neighbors.

2.    If it is suspicious to you, it's suspicious to us, but only if you call and report it.

3.    It is working together to identify and solve problems in your area of our community.

4.    It is helping the Sheriff’s Office by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur. You know what is "normal" activity in your neighborhood.

5.    It is implementation of crime prevention techniques to enhance security.

6.    It is not apprehending someone. Leave that to the Sheriff’s Office.

7.    It is putting neighbor back into neighborhood.

Neighborhood Watch works by having you and your neighbors use simple techniques to deter, delay, detect, and report crime; to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood. Being aware of criminal activity can help in keeping your neighborhood safe. Promptly reporting all criminal or suspicious activity to 9-1-1, or the Summit County Sheriff’s Office at (330) 643-2181, helps the deputies to assist you in promoting a safe and healthy neighborhood.


Starting a Block Watch

Since the Sheriff’s Office is unable to cover every neighborhood at all times, you can help by forming a neighborhood Block Watch. You and your neighbors can stay safe by looking out for one another. Start organizing your neighbors by scheduling a Block Watch meeting. Contact the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Community Policing Unit at (330) 643-8617 and schedule a presentation. At your meeting, we will explain how you can create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods

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