TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents .......................................................................................... i
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics ................................................................. ii
Mission Statement....................................................................................... iii
Executive Comments ................................................................................... iv
Awards Committee ....................................................................................... 2
Patrol Division .............................................................................................. 4
Detective Bureau .......................................................................................... 7
Special Police Division ................................................................................ 11
Selective Enforcement Division ................................................................. 12
K-9 Unit ...................................................................................................... 14
Motorcycle Patrol ........................................................................................ 15
Bicycle Patrol Unit...................................................................................... 16
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team............................................................ 17
Fingerprint Lab .......................................................................................... 18
Accident Investigations .............................................................................. 19
Jail Facilities ............................................................................................... 26
Honor Guard .............................................................................................. 28
Photography & Videography ...................................................................... 29
Western Lake County Emergency Response Team ................................... 30
Weaponscraft ............................................................................................. 32
Communications Center ............................................................................ 34
Records Division ........................................................................................ 36
Records Division Statistics ......................................................................... 37
Community Involvement ........................................................................... 41
Explorer Post 602 ....................................................................................... 45
D.A.R.E. ...................................................................................................... 46
Police Athletic League ................................................................................ 48
School Crossing Guards ............................................................................. 49
Victim Assistance Program ........................................................................ 50
Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind, to safe-
guard lives and property, to protect the innocent agaist deception, the weak against oppression
or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional
Rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, maintain self-retraints, and be con-
stantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal life
and my official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my
department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my
official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to
influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of crimi-
nals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will,
never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to
be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will constantly strive to achieve
The mission of the Willoughby Police Department shall be to provide a safe environment
in which residents and non-residents can live and work. This mission shall be accomplished
by the prompt but fair enforcement of local and state laws.
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.
We believe that the basic concerns of the citizens of Willoughby include a desire for peace,
tranquility, and freedom from crime and disorder. The Willoughby Police Department’s
primary functions are the prevention of crime, the enforcement of laws in a fair and impartial
manner and the apprehension of those who violate the laws.
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.
Values are the core of our moral beliefs and self-worth. They are convictions that bond
us together to accomplish specific tasks and objectives. They are what we share and
believe. We, the members of the Willoughby Police Department, value . . . .
· Constitutional Rights
We shall uphold this country’s democratic values as embodied in the Constitution
and dedicate ourselves to the presentation of life, individual freedoms and justice
Integrity is the absolute honest and ethical personal behavior and performance of
duty that must be the hallmark of every member of the department.
· Professional Excellence
Recognizing the changing and diverse needs of the community, the Willoughby Police
Department pledges to establish and maintain high performance standards to ensure
public confidence and trust. Professional excellence is a direct result of progressive
training, a positive attitude and personal commitment.
· Commitment to Employees
The department recognizes that its employees are the vital component to the
successful delivery of police services. We believe we can achieve our highest potential
by actively involving our employees in problem solving and improving police services.
We support an organizational climate of mutual trust and respect.
· Community Partnership
Recognizing the fact that police agencies were established as a result of society’s
voluntary limitation of personal freedoms, we encourage and expect the participation
of the community in facilitating solutions to problems of mutual concern. We
therefore solicit and support contributions from all members of this community.
We are pleased to present the Willoughby Police
Department’s 2006 Annual Report. The police
department had two ranking officers retire the first
half of 2006. An existing entry level test and new
promotional tests were used to backfill the
vacancies. Manning level strengths continue to be
close to full; however, we continue to operate with
one less clerical position and one less patrol officer
than permitted by the manning table. The training
budget returned to near normal levels. We again
find Willoughby Police Department members to
have proper certification in all specialty areas.
Patrol officers are again attending both basic and
As anticipated, partially funded by our Law As in past years we will explore the possibility
Enforcement Fund, all of the mobile data terminals of grant money to assist us. We do not appear
and video systems in the marked police vehicles to be qualified for any of the grant programs
were replaced. As outlined in the 10-Year Capital currently available. As I have stated before,
Plan, six police vehicles were replaced with six more where there are people, there is crime. With
anticipated in 2007. 2006 found no noticeable so many people enjoying our downtown area,
difference in the actual numbers of crimes and it is expected that we will have some crime.
reported incidents. However, several major Our downtown area has been and will continue
accidents and crimes required the assignment of to be one of the safest areas to visit anywhere
many man hours. in this area.
Willoughby’s downtown area continues to have To look into the future we are still exploring
what some have termed “age clash” where the the possibility of regionalizing dispatch and jail
mixture of teenagers through senior citizens and with our Western Lake County neighbors. If
every age in between commingle in a small area our neighboring cities do not express interest
during the warmer months. Each age group has or if it is not in Willoughby’s best interest to
their own expectation and perception of how the make the move, we must soon consider
police department and city in general should be replacement of our three dispatch consoles.
enforcing the criminal code. Balancing these These systems generally have a life expectancy
requests with an individual's rights can be difficult of seven to nine years. Ours currently is in
for the responding officers. While these types of excess of ten years old. We remain proud to
complaints are often "annoyance" type complaints, serve our community and appreciate any
the police department is committed in 2007 to comments or suggestions to improve your
make increases in visibility with foot patrols and police department’s level of service.
bike patrols during the summer.
The administrative offices of the police department are responsible for developing,
coordinating and administrating the law enforcement programs of the Willoughby Police
Department. Police administration plans, organizes and directs the activities of the police
Analysis of operation costs, budget estimates, employee discipline, and training are also this
This division prepares all employee records, payroll and purchases.
The Awards Committee is comprised of several officers from the Department. The Chairman is
Lieutenant David Huetter with members of Lieutenants Jack Poshe and Blaine Sweitzer, Detective
Greg Knack, Patrolmen James Lessick, Ken Jordan, and Michael Fitzgerald. Any officer may
submit a nomination for any award. The committee reviews the nomination and its supporting
evidence and may issue an award or refer the nomination to the Lake County Chiefs of Police
The Lake County Chiefs of Police Association has determined all criteria. Their organization
makes the decision of the following awards.
• INJURY ON DUTY: For injury sustained while in direct performance of their duty to the
public, which requires hospitalization. The injury must be sustained while making an
arrest, patrolling, or performing a service directly to the public.
• COMBAT CROSS: For an individual act of heroism at imminent personal hazard of life
in combat with an armed adversary.
• MEDAL OF HONOR: For an outstanding act in the line of duty at imminent personal
hazard of life with full knowledge of the risk involved.
The committee can determine the recipients of the following awards:
• GOOD CONDUCT: For three years of good conduct. This is a one-time award.
• SAFE DRIVING: For three consecutive years without a chargeable accident. This is a
one time award.
• EDUCATIONAL: Upon completion of a college degree or 1100 hours of certified police
training or a combination of both.
• EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE: For any act judged to be exceptional in nature, which may
be a single arrest, an investigation, or a series of arrests, programs, or functions at an
• OFFICER OF THE YEAR: For the person of the year in each department defined by that
The committee met in order to issue awards for the year 2006. Exceptional Service Awards were
issued to the following:
Detective Tom Bertone for team attitude, extensive photography work, and his role in the
successful conclusion to a barricaded subject incident.
Detective Chuck Deutsch for his painstaking investigation of an unlawful bingo operation
which led to a conviction and the subsequent forfeiture of substantial assets including money and
Patrolman Peter Huth for his consistent diligence and his role in the capture of suspects
involved in numerous breaking and entering crimes.
Lieutenant Randy Sevel, Detective Greg Knack, and Patrolman Michael Fitzgerald
for leadership and their contribution to a homicide investigation.
2006 OFFICER OF THE YEAR
PATROLMAN DAVID BURRINGTON
Patrolman Burrington was chosen for his outstanding arrest record, crime solving,
professionalism, thoroughness, and energy. He joins the list of “Willoughby’s Finest.”
• 1984 Patrolman Conrad Straube
• 1985 Patrolman Dennis Corbett
• 1986 Lieutenant Larry Brown
• 1987 Patrolman Jack Poshe
• 1988 Lieutenant Richard Sherwood
• 1989 Patrolman Blaine Sweitzer
• 1990 Patrolman John Dalheim
• 1991 Patrolman Tim Kerzisnik
• 1992 Patrolman James Lessick
• 1993 Detective Terry Hager
• 1994 Lieutenant Joseph Iliano
• 1995 Lieutenant David Austen
• 1996 Patrolman Tom Bertone
• 1997 Detective Blaine Sweitzer
• 1998 Patrolman John Begovic
• 1999 Patrolman Chuck Deutsch
• 2000 Patrolman James Schultz
• 2001 Patrolman Derrick Stewart
• 2002 Detective Chuck Deutsch
• 2003 Detective John “Greg” Knack
• 2004 Patrolman Matt Jackson
• 2005 Patrolman Charles Krejsa
• 2006 Patrolman David Burrington
2006 SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER OF THE YEAR
In addition, the Awards Committee awards a Special Officer of the Year. This honor was started
in 1996. Since 1996 the recipients are:
• 1996 Special Officer Brian Allen
• 1997 Special Officer Tom Sherwood
• 1998 Special Officer Gerald Spradlin
• 1999 Special Officer Paul Emch
• 2000 Special Officer Greg Spakes
• 2001 Special Officer Bill Leonello
• 2002 Special Officer Carmen Frederico
• 2003 Special Officer Jon Greig
• 2004 Special Officer Shane Giles
• 2005 Special Officer Becky Robinson
• 2006 Special Officer Kurtis Keeper
In January of 2006, the Patrol Division saw the retirement of Lieutenant David Clair, Patrol
Commander since 2000. He was a dedicated member of the Willoughby Police Department for
over thirty years. His retirement along with that of Detective Lieutenant Daniel Quior made
room for promotions as well as two new hires. Sergeants Randy Sevel and Blaine Sweitzer were
promoted to Lieutenant; Detective Phil Smith was promoted to Detective Sergeant, Patrolman
James Schultz was promoted to Sergeant; and Jon Sweitzer and Jon Greig were sworn in as the
newest members of the Willoughby Police Department.
The Patrol Division of the Willoughby Police Department is comprised of three shift platoons.
Each platoon consists of a lieutenant, a sergeant, and eight patrolmen. Each of these squads has
several special officers assigned to assist in patrol duties and special city events. In 2006, the
Fourth Platoon consisted of a lieutenant with two patrolmen and was used mainly for selective
The Patrol Division is the foundation of the police department. Every assignment from
Communications at some point requires a response from an officer in the Patrol Division. From
the simplest public assist to the worst of crimes, officers come in contact with the best and worst
The Patrol Division deals with violence on a regular basis: domestic disputes, assaults, rapes,
fights, and assaults on officers. Sadly in 2006; homicide as well. The Willoughby Police Department
seeks to protect its officers in many ways. One such protection is Body Armor. The vast majority
of patrol officers wear body armor and the department replaced twenty-one outdated vests for
officers this year.
Patrol officers are the initial responders and investigators who must then coordinate with other
divisions for conclusions. Officer duties from that point may include apprehension, incarceration
of defendants, meetings with prosecuting attorneys, and court testimony.
Officer contacts with those under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs continue to grow with
officers becoming more aware of how to recognize drugs, symptoms of their use, and how to deal
with those under the influence.
Patrol officers also handle jail operations from booking, performing hourly checks, administering
medications, and providing meals to receiving bond monies. If a prisoner does not post bond the
Court Officer will arrange for court arraignment.
In 2006, suicides and unusual deaths were investigated by patrol officers. Attempted suicide
calls occur all too often. These incidents have the potential to put officers and other family members
in jeopardy. Officers must walk a fine line when dealing with these difficult situations as the
needs of the family must be met at the same time a police investigation is taking place.
This is where Victims’ Advocates become an asset. Their presence and counsel give patrol officers
the ability to do the necessary work.
Traffic enforcement is the most notable contact the public has with police officers on an individual
basis. Officers continue to diligently enforce traffic violations and to respond to and investigate
traffic accidents. Officers are being better trained to detect and arrest impaired drivers.
Technology along with more sophisticated training lends to a better officer. Patrol car mobile
data terminals continue to be a major asset to the road officer giving the officer almost
instantaneous information at his own fingertips. Crime, incident, and accident reports are all
initiated on MDT’s. These are invaluable tools which are not available to all police officers in
Training is extremely important. The Willoughby Police Department ensures continuing education
is a priority. Officers attend schools to keep up with the ever changing landscape of criminal
patrol. Though an officer’s mere presence may deter crime, it is his knowledge and ability which
prevents and solve crimes.
In this year all patrol personnel were required to complete further National Incident Management
System testing from FEMA. Ranking officers were required to complete testing beyond that of
patrol officers. As an example of putting this testing to use a Mass Disaster Drill was conducted
at Willoughby South High School. This drill was conducted with the coordination and
participation of Willoughby-Eastlake Schools, numerous area Fire Departments, Lake County
EMA, The Red Cross, Lake Hospital Systems and the Willoughby Police Department Patrol
Division. This event pointed out the need for such a command system as events were given a
thorough critique providing information which can be used to further improve patrol operations
in large scale events.
Examples of training schools attended are: Field Sobriety Refresher, Defense Tactics, and
Weapons of Mass Destruction. Supervisors attended courses in Executive Administration,
Emergency Vehicle Response Supervisor, First Line Supervision, Managing Patrol Squads,
Leadership, Team Building, and Motivation. Other specialized training included:
Crisis Management Undercover Drug Investigations
Firearms Instructors Basic Accident Investigation
Specialty Impact Munitions Legal Updates
Accident Reconstruction Child Sexual Abuse
Emergency Driving Defensive Knife
K-9 Training Forensic Computer Investigations
The Willoughby Police Department has its own Field Training Program. This is the initial training
a new officer receives. The program, put together by the Field Training Officers themselves, is a
hybrid of other nationally and regionally used training systems and provides a streamlined
approach to documentation, yet ensures thoroughness of training throughout the course of
seventeen weeks. The actual training is based on specific tasks related to Willoughby Police
Department activity which the probationary officer must complete at a competent level. The
status of the probationer goes through several checks and balances before the officer is deemed
ready for solo patrol. Both new officers have successfully completed the Field Training Program.
Beyond Continuing Education and Field Training is in-house training. The Willoughby Police
Department is embarking upon its own organized In-Service Training Program. Officers were
surveyed to determine training needs. Overwhelmingly, Defensive Tactics was noted. Three
patrolmen: James Lessick, Ken Jordan, and David Burrington successfully completed Defensive
Tactics Instructor training at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. A training curriculum
is being developed for use in 2007 and beyond. Other in-service training topics include Specialty
Impact Munitions, QUAD, and Willoughby Police Department Policy and Procedures.
Patrol also initiated a Community Policing Project in the Downtown Business District to alleviate
continued minor criminal complaints such as vandalism, littering, and disorderly conduct. This
project, mainly utilizing Patrol’s Selective Enforcement Unit, was to bring together business
owners, property owners, the Recreation Department, Service Department, Community
Development, and the Police Department to address these issues. Officers made over two hundred
sixty arrests in the downtown area from May through September. Other ideas such as enhanced
lighting, outdoor music, and community service are in progress. Though the program did see
some success, other enforcement tactics are likely to be instituted.
False alarms are often assigned to the Willoughby Fire Department and Willoughby Police
Department Patrol Division. In 2003, the Willoughby Police Department began to enforce the
city’s longstanding false alarm ordinance. With the enforcement of this program warning letters
and invoices continue in an effort to reduce response to false alarms. In 2006, safety forces
responded to one thousand nine hundred sixty-one alarms. Twenty-eight warning letters and
twenty-six invoices were sent with a total of $5325.00 received.
From the above, one can see the Patrol Division of the Willoughby Police Department is becoming
more diverse. Even so, the goal remains one: providing the best services and protection possible
2006 Detective Bureau Staffing
The Detective Bureau staff for the majority of 2006 was comprised of a Detective Lieutenant, a
Detective Sergeant, four Detectives and a Detective Bureau Secretary. During the year 2006 the
following personnel were assigned to the Detective Bureau:
Detective Lieutenant Daniel Quior
Detective Lieutenant Thomas Trem
Detective Sergeant Phil Smith
Detective Greg Knack
Detective Thomas Bertone
Detective Charles Deutsch
Detective John Begovic
Detective Secretary Susan Hinkle
Detective Lieutenant Daniel Quior retired on June 04, 2006 after heading the
Detective Bureau for eight years.
All of the officers assigned to the Detective Bureau also have secondary assignments in addition
to their duties as detectives. These duties include the following:
Evidence and Property Room Management:
Detective Lieutenant Trem
Detective Sergeant Smith
Crisis Negotiation Team members:
Detective Lieutenant Trem
Lake County Bomb Squad Bomb Technician:
Police Department Photography:
Police Firing Range Instructor:
Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer Operator:
Detective Begovic – Officer-In-Charge
Detective Sergeant Smith 7
Forensic Computer Mapping Unit:
Taxi Driver Licensing:
Lake County Weapons of Mass Destruction Team Representative:
Detective Sergeant Smith
Mobile Data Terminals:
Detective Lieutenant Trem
Charitable Gambling Compliance:
Amber Alert System Departmental Representative:
Detective Sergeant Smith
Police Department Fitness Center
Detective Sergeant Smith
2006 Detective Bureau Pre-Employment Investigations
To ensure that only the finest candidates are hired by the City of Willoughby, the Willoughby
Police Department Detective Bureau is responsible for conducting pre-employment background
investigations for new police department employees. These background checks are extensive
and entail interviews with current and former employers, current and former neighbors,
provided and non-provided references, credit checks, criminal history checks, educational
background and instructor interviews. In addition, the applicant and possibly family members
are personally interviewed. Applicants are also required to complete a Computerized Voice
Stress Analyzer test to ensure authenticity and correctness of their written application and
(8) New Employee background checks were conducted.
(5) Full-time Patrol Officer candidate backgrounds.
(3) Full-time Dispatcher candidate backgrounds.
This resulted in the hiring of (2) full time Patrol Officers and (1) full time Dispatcher.
Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer Testing
The Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer has proven to be an important tool to aid the detectives
in determining the truthfulness of statements made by both suspects and witnesses. It can help
clear subjects who have been wrongly accused of committing crimes as well as point toward the
guilt of those who have committed a criminal act.
The Computerized Voice Stress Analyzer is also used to verify the information provided by
potential new employees on pre-employment applications. In the year 2006 Certified Operators
Detective John Begovic and Detective Greg Knack conducted a total of (28) computerized voice
stress analyzer tests. Of this number, (8) were completed for pre-employment background checks
and (20) were performed in conjunction with criminal investigations.
Noteworthy Criminal Investigations In 2006
Successful investigations usually begin with solid preliminary work from the Patrol Division.
This certainly was the case in 2006 with several of our investigations.
What initially began as a typical call for a rescue squad quickly turned into a felonious assault
investigation when officers discovered substantial trauma to the victim’s head and face. Hours
later, Detectives were investigating a homicide as our 44 year-old victim succumbed to his injuries.
Two sons of the victim’s girlfriend were charged and later indicted by the Grand Jury for
involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, and complicity to commit felonious assault.
Suspicious Death Investigation
Our department received third party information that a male had allegedly died from a drug
overdose inside a Willoughby motel room. Officers responded to the room and found a 46 year-
old male deceased by unknown means. Investigation revealed that a friend of the victim waited
a day to report the victim’s death and only after taking and using the victim’s vehicle and credit
cards. The suspect was charged with and pleaded guilty to the theft offenses. An autopsy would
eventually indicate that the victim died from a drug and alcohol overdose.
During the month of May, our city experienced several residential burglaries including a night
time burglary in which an elderly female was awakened and confronted by a suspect after he
broke into her home. Acting on information provided by the Patrol Division, Detectives began
surveillance of the suspect with members of the Fourth Platoon. Investigation quickly linked
the suspect to local pawn shops and drug areas in Cleveland. Detectives would later find property
from all related burglaries and a Mentor burglary inside the suspect’s apartment and at area
pawn shops. The suspect pleaded guilty to numerous felonies and was sentenced to thirteen
years in prison.
A prominent Willoughby dentist was discovered missing from his dental office under suspicious
circumstances on November 04, 2006. His body was discovered November 06, 2006 in Mentor,
Ohio. The victim had been assaulted and shot to death. A task force including members of the
Willoughby Police Department, Mentor Police Department, Lake County Prosecutor’s Office,
Lake County Forensic Crime Lab and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
has been formed to investigate this murder. This investigation is continuing and remains a
Home Invasion Robbery Investigation
Early Christmas morning, Detectives were called in to assist with the investigation of a home
invasion robbery. Three residents of a Willoughby apartment were awakened when their front
door was kicked in. Once the suspects were inside of the apartment, two of the residents were
assaulted with a crow bar and a home safe was taken. During this incident shots were fired
inside and outside of the apartment. This investigation is ongoing with one arrest being made to
Detective Bureau Changes in the Year 2006
The Detective Bureau purchased a Hewlett Packard media computer in 2006.
This was necessary due to the ever expanding digitization of surveillance video in our community
as well as a prosecutorial preference of DVD over VHS tape. Our detectives now can watch,
copy, and create DVD’s with much more efficiency than in the past.
Special Police Officer
In 2006, the Willoughby Police Department Special Police Division consisted of 20 members. The
Special Division consists of three squads. Each squad is assigned a squad coordinator. The squad
coordinator is responsible for posting the special details for each respective squad along with
maintaining records of each officer’s hours worked for the Department.
In 2006, Officer Becky Robinson resigned to take a full-time position as a Communication Operator
with the Department. Officer Randy Ricciardo was promoted to squad coordinator to fill the vacancy
left by Robinson. Officer Thomas Sherwood was assigned to the 4th Platoon on a permanent basis.
Officer Paul Emch continued to coordinate the Explorer Program offered by the Willoughby Police
Department. This is the second year for Officer Kurt Keeper as the school resource officer at
Willoughby South High School. Kurt worked a total of 593 hours at the school in 2006. Kurt
continues to address truancy at the school by issuing daytime curfew citations. Officer Keeper has
worked very closely with school administrators and has created a great relationship between South
High School and the Willoughby Police Department.
The Special Police Division worked 2,971.25 hours of paid training in 2006. This paid time included
mandatory training in a patrol car and attending mandatory classes. Some of the class subjects
included learning how to operate the Livescan fingerprint machine, firearms training at the indoor
pistol range, reviewing updated policies and procedures, and reviewing current procedures for
processing various types of arrests, such as OVI.
The Special Police Division officers worked 3,879.25 hours in paid city details during 2006. These
hours included security for all of the community events, such as: Easter Egg Hunt, Opening Day of
youth baseball, Memorial Day Parade, Classic Car Cruise-In, July 4th Fireworks, Artfest, Frontier
Days Festival, and the Tree Lighting ceremony. Also included in these hours are all the details that
are worked at Willoughby South High School, such as: bingo, basketball, wrestling, dances, end of
school year security, and football games.
The Special Police Officers perform house checks for residents who are on vacation and houses
that have become vacant. The residents call the Willoughby Police Department to provide
information about their home and schedule. The resident leaves contact information in the event
a situation would arise that a key holder is needed. On several occasions, officers have found open
doors or windows at a residence after the owner has left. The houses are then secured and a contact
person notified. This past year the Special Police Division checked 412 homes with the resident’s
time away ranging from 2-3 days to an entire year. Special Officers have worked approximately
416 hours performing house checks. The service has been provided to residents for over three
Officers of the Special Police Division worked 622 hours of outside details in 2006. This type of off
duty work assignment includes traffic control for street construction projects and security for
private business and several residential communities. The Special Police Division donated 223.5
hours free time to the City of Willoughby in 2006. The majority of this time was spent assisting
with road patrol. Also included was donated time by Special Officers to Explorer Program.
Selective Enforcement Division
The Selective Enforcement Unit engages in a myriad of enforcement and investigative functions
while at the same time fostering a genuine relationship with the community. The officers
assigned to the 2006 Selective Enforcement Unit were Lieutenant Blaine Sweitzer, Patrolmen
Derrick Stewart and George Lessick.
The Selective Enforcement officers employ numerous patrol options such as marked police
cruisers, uniform foot patrols, and bicycle patrols. For the more covert operations they use
unmarked vehicles and wear plain clothes. The officers also assist Police Administration, the
Patrol Division, and the Detective Bureau with a multitude of investigative and support tasks.
They assist patrol officers with their assigned calls on a regular basis.
The officers continued their education by attending training courses on Methamphetamine
Recognition, REID Interview and Interrogation, Criminal Patrol/Drug Interdiction, Highway
Vehicle Stops and Drug Trafficker, Child Sexual Abuse, Undercover Drug Investigations, Expert
Testimony in Accident Reconstruction, Emergency Response Operations Course Supervisor.
The Selective Enforcement officers have the a variety of additional duties and responsibilities
which include firearms instructor, firearms records management, video maintenance, field
training officers, photography, crash reconstruction, fingerprinting, and Police honor guard.
The Selective Enforcement Unit had undertaken many assignments as well as self initiated
enforcement throughout the year 2006. The officers focused their attention on locations in
the city where the diversion of criminal activity was of paramount importance. The
investigations ranged from long, tedious hours of surveillance to some that were resolved in
short order. Officers coordinated efforts with the Lake County Narcotics Agency on drug related
investigations that either originated in Willoughby or crossed jurisdictional boundaries into
Willoughby. The types of enforcement activities encompassed drug usage investigations, drug
interdiction, surveillance of suspected drug houses, and surveillance of burglary suspects.
Increased attention was directed to the downtown area during the summer months when the
partronage of downtown establishments increases significantly. Safeguarding the public and
their property is of utmost importance to officers during all types of investigations.
Some of the noteworthy investigations by the Selective Enforcement officers were:
• Investigation of a large number of thefts from lockers at the YMCA; a 17 year old male
confessed and was subsequently charged with the crimes.
• Locating a marijuana grow within the City but before the investigation could be completed,
flooding destroyed the illegal crop.
• Intervening in several ‘crimes in progress’ and arresting those persons involved for crimes
ranging from vandalism to detonating a home made chemical bomb.
• Coordinating efforts with Patrol Division officers and the Lake County Narcotics Agency in an
investigation that led to the arrest of three individuals for drug trafficking in marijuana, cocaine,
crack, and ecstasy.
• Successfully conducting school drug searches – a noticeable decrease was evident with the
amount of drugs located during subsequent searches.
• Assisting the Detective Bureau with a very time intensive homicide investigation.
• Being instrumental in the investigation of several home burglaries. One burglary was reported
by an elderly female that was startled by the burglar when he entered her home. After numerous
hours of surveillance of the suspected burglar, Selective Enforcement Officers observed stolen
property from one of the burglarized homes in the suspect’s vehicle. This was a pivotal point
in the investigation that connected the suspect to the crimes in our city and some in an adjacent
city. The suspect was ultimately convicted of his crimes.
• Issuing well over 100 minor misdemeanor citations to persons violating city ordinances.
The Selective Enforcement Officers expended many productive hours patrolling the city and
specifically the downtown area during the night season. This focus deterred incidents from
occurring, quelled infractions quickly, and kept a lid on general mischievous behavior. This type of
presence ensured a pleasant environment and enjoyable time for our citizens, business owners,
The Willoughby Police
Department has had a Police K-9
Unit on the street since December
of 2000. This past December K-9
Kilo celebrated his seventh
birthday. During the year 2006, K-
9 Officer Kilo enjoyed performing
his police duties and has been very
popular in the community. His
handler Patrolman Michael
Negrea have been certified as a K-
9 team in narcotics detection,
tracking, article search, and area
search by the State of Ohio
through the Ohio Peace Officers
Training Academy and by the
North American Police Work Dog
Patrolman Negrea and K-9 Kilo have been very active in our Willoughby/Eastlake School System
performing K-9 demonstrations and surprise narcotics searches with the help of the Willoughby
Fourth Platoon, as well as routine social visits.
Public appearances and other K-9 demonstrations have been performed throughout the city this
year including the Frontier Days Festival, Willoughby Arts Festival, and other local events. K-9
demonstrations have also been performed at our local Willoughby Pet Smart which has graciously
donated all of K-9 Kilo's food and treats.
The Willoughby Police Department K-9 Unit has been involved in numerous narcotics arrests
and has assisted Willoughby Patrol Units, the Willoughby Emergency Response Team and the
Lake County Narcotics Agency in local area drug raids. Patrolman Negrea and Kilo have also
been called to other communities including Cleveland Metro Parks, Willoughby Hills, Wickliffe,
Eastlake, Euclid, Kirtland, Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, and Beachwood to assist their police
departments in narcotics searches or fleeing suspect tracks. All have resulted in the apprehension
and the arrest of suspects.
The K-9 Unit has completed approximately 400 hours of in-service training this year as well as
attending various K-9 seminars and workshops. As a member of the Buckeye Area Regional K-
9 Group (B.A.R.K.) we are able to work and train with over twenty other area K-9 units and
trainers. This enables us to use their knowledge and experience as well in the fight against illegal
narcotics on our streets and in our schools. The Willoughby Police Department K-9 Unit looks
forward to many years of service and activity in the community.
The Willoughby Police Department Motorcycle
Unit consists of 2 officers, 1 full-time Patrolman
Daniel Pitts and 1 part-time officer Special
Officer Gary Betzler. Patrolman Pitts is
currently assigned to dayshift and Patrolman
Betzler works 2 to 3 days per week, mainly
during the afternoon. Both officers ride city
owned, specially equipped Harley Davidson
Police Edition Road Kings.
Patrolman Betzler rides a 2001 that has
approximately 30,000 miles on it and
Patrolman Pitts rides a 2005 with almost 9,000
miles on it.
The motorcycles are taken home after every shift
by each officer, who is responsible for routine
care and maintenance. A certified local Harley
Davidson dealership performs any necessary
technical repairs to each motorcycle.
During the winter months and inclement
weather, the officers are assigned to a zone car.
The motorcycle officers are primarily
used in handling traffic complaints in
residential neighborhoods, although
they are still assigned a zone and handle
routine calls for service. When a
complaint in a particular area of the city
is identified, either by a resident or an
officer, it is called a Target Traffic Area
or TTA. In 2006, the motorcycle
officers handled over 56 TTA’s issuing
276 citations, 189 for speeding.
Among other activities, the motorcycle
officers also attend numerous parades
and funerals throughout the county.
Some of the functions that the officers
attended in 2006 included Frontier
Days Parade and Motorcycle Run,
Memorial Day Parade, (Willoughby and
Mentor-on-the-Lake) Labor Day
Parade, Shannon McBride Memorial
Run, Docs Deepwood Run, Louie Run
and Willoughby-Eastlake City Schools
Both officers also escorted several
funerals for fallen officers and local
The 2006 Willoughby Police Bicycle Patrol consisted of twenty-six full-time officers from all
ranks of the Department. Each of the bicycle patrol officers successfully completes forty hours
of specialized training in bike patrol prior to joining the unit. The fleet of mountain bikes are
maintained by Patrolman Fedor and Patrolman Tartaglia.
In 2006, the Bicycle Patrol Unit logged in hundreds of miles, participating in the following
• Neighborhood Patrol
• Downtown Willoughby Patrol
• Special Olympic Torch Run
• Memorial Day Parade
• Classic Car Cruise-In
• Fourth of July Fireworks
• Gathering of Eagles
• Parks Patrol
• Frontier Days
• Halloween Patrol
Explosive Ordnance Disposal
The Lake County Bomb Squad responds to incidents in Lake County, Geauga County, Ashtabula
County, and parts of Summit County and Cuyahoga County. The squad’s duties are to respond,
render safe, and dispose of explosives reported as a possible danger in these counties. The
Lake County Bomb Squad currently has seven EOD/Bomb Technicians. These EOD
Technicians represent the following departments.
Willoughby Police Department
Mentor Police Department
Eastlake Police Department
Painesville Fire Department
Lake County Sheriff’s Department
Lake County Forensics Laboratory
The squad also has a Technician from the Federal Bureau of Investigations attached to the
team. Three other members are from Willoughby Police Department and Mentor Fire
Department. The two members from the Willoughby Police Department are Detective Chuck
Deutsch and Patrolman Joe Putney.
In 2006, to continue with the Accreditation Requirements of the Federal Bureau of
Investigations, the Lake County Bomb Squad was required to train, as a squad, sixteen (16)
hours a month. These two (2) days of training are used to keep up with current trends,
continued training with equipment, and demolition techniques.
In 2006, the Lake County Bomb Squad (EOD) responded to incidents involving military
munitions, homemade pipe bombs, chemical devices, and/or fireworks. None of the incidents
occurred in the City of Willoughby.
The Willoughby Police Department Fingerprint Lab consists of eight officers: Detective John
Begovic, Patrolman James Lessick, Patrolman Pete Huth, Detective Sergeant Phil Smith,
Patrolman Mike Fitzgerald, Patrolman George Lessick, Patrolman Matt Tartaglia and Patrolman
Chris Scozzie. These officers are called upon throughout the year to process crime scenes and
various items of evidence.
In 2006, the officers of the Latent Fingerprint Lab processed crime scenes and or evidence in at
least fifty-six cases. The incidents in which crime scenes and/or evidence were processed are as
• Vehicle Tampering (Auto B&E) 2
• Recovered Stolen Auto 3
• Breaking & Entering 19
• Criminal Damage 3
• Theft 8
• Auto Theft 6
• Burglary 9
• Suspicious Circumstances 1
• Aggravated Murder 1
• Menacing 1
• Robbery 3
06-24761 Aggravated Murder Dr. Robert Kalina
06-10417, 06-10648, 06-10852 & 06-10919
During the week of May 22, 2006, the Willoughby Police responded to a spree of residential
burglaries. Latent fingerprint officers processed the four crime scenes for latent prints as well as
returning items to the fingerprint lab for further processing. In addition, officers had taken
microsil/prymark impressions at each burglary. Lou Ozanich was identified as a suspect and
06-16239 Breaking and Entering/Grand Theft
On July 26, 2006, True North Shell located at 37000 Vine Street was forcibly entered. Suspects
removed several thousand dollars in cigarettes. Patrolman Michael Fitzgerald located several
latent fingerprints at the point of entry. The Lake County Crime Lab –A.F.I.S. identified these
latent prints as belonging to Robert Lovell. Lovell was involved in numerous similar B&E’s in
over six counties throughout Ohio.
ANNUAL ACCIDENT REPORT STATISTICS
Annual accident statistics for the year 2006:
Accidents Investigated ...................................................................................... 1386
Accidents Involving Personal Injury ................................................................... 194
Persons Injured ................................................................................................... 239
Pedestrian Accidents ..............................................................................................13
Pedestrian Injuries .................................................................................................. 6
Bicyclist Accidents ................................................................................................... 6
Bicyclist Injuries ...................................................................................................... 6
PRIVATE PROPERTY STATISTICS
Accidents Investigated .................................................................................. 178
Persons Injured ............................................................................................... 23
Pedestrian Accidents ......................................................................................... 2
Pedestrian Injuries ............................................................................................ 2
Bicyclist Accidents ............................................................................................ 0
Bicyclist Injuries ............................................................................................... 0
Private Property Citations Issued ................................................................. 531
Citations issued involving accident investigations ............................................. 633
The Willoughby Police Department Crash Investigation Unit (CIU) was called out to 7 crash scenes
in 2007. A total of 12 crashes required in depth expert investigation by the CIU, which included 3
fatal crashes and 4 serious injury crashes. Additionally, the CIU assisted with 1 homicide scene and
2 mutual aid requests to other police departments. There were various causative factors involved in
these crashes, 7 of which were alcohol and/or drug related. The CIU is called out when a fatal crash
occurs, when a crash involves potential serious life threatening injuries, when crashes involve unusual
circumstances, and any other time the officer-in-charge of the shift determines a particular crash
needs expert investigation. The following are just a few brief summations of the CIU's 15
January 16, 2006 at 0452 hours
• The 22-year-old male driver of a Peterbilt
semi-tractor trailer had fallen asleep at the
wheel and lost control of his truck on
Interstate 90 eastbound at the Kirtland Road
overpass. The truck drove off the right side
of the road striking guardrails and the bridge’s
concrete supports. The driver of the truck was
ejected and ultimately flown to Metro Health
Medical Center in Cleveland by LifeFlight
helicopter. The driver was released from the
hospital with no serious injuries. He was
ultimately cited for failure to control and for
driving a commercial vehicle with impaired
alertness or ability.
January 16, 2006 Interstate 90
February 28, 2006
The Crash Investigation Unit assisted the Wickliffe Police Department with a crash investigation. A
serious injury one car crash occurred on February 18, 2006 in their city. A forensic analysis of the
crash scene and car were conducted and the car’s minimum speed was determined.
March 6, 2006 at 0235 hours
A 22-year-old male was driving a Lexus south on Erie Street and crossed the Norfolk and Southern rail
crossing at such a high rate of speed that the car went airborne for a short distance. The out of control
car then drove off the right side of the roadway, crashing into the new Willoughby Municipal Court
building. The driver was apprehended when he attempted to leave the scene. The court’s state-of-the-
art external video system captured portions of the crash on video. The Crash Investigation Unit
documented the physical evidence on scene and determined the car’s minimum speed. Officers observed
that the driver of the Lexus was impaired; he later refused to take a blood alcohol test. The driver was
cited for reckless operation, failure to control, safety belt required, leaving the scene of an accident,
and operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI). The driver was subsequently convicted.
Dodge Caravan at impound lot.
April 2, 2006 at 0142 hours
• Four separate, yet interrelated crashes
occurred on Interstate 90 on this date.
A highly intoxicated 39-year-old male
was operating a Chevy Cavalier on
Interstate 90 eastbound from State
Route 91 toward State Route 306. At the
92-mile marker, the car drove off the left
side of the road and struck the guardrail
end as it attempted to re-enter the
roadway during the dark early morning
hours. The car vaulted end over end and
the driver was ejected. The car came to
a stop on its roof in the left lane and the
seriously injured driver came to rest in
the right lane of the roadway.
Shortly after this crash, two other cars
traveling on Interstate 90 were able to
avoid striking the driver lying in the
roadway but could not avoid his disabled
Chevy; both cars struck the Chevy at
different times. After these crashes,
numerous drivers of other cars began to
stop to assist the driver in the roadway.
The drivers positioned their cars in such
a manner to shield the male in the
roadway from other traffic that could
potentially strike him.
Suddenly, a Dodge Caravan driven by
an intoxicated 45-year-old female failed
to observe the numerous stopped
vehicles stretching across Interstate 90
and crashed into them. The Dodge
sideswiped a Toyota, rear-ended a
Honda, ran over the ejected driver, and
struck a 41-year-old male who had
stopped to help. The ejected driver
became pinned under the Dodge
Caravan; he died after being extricated
from underneath the van. The Dodge’s
female driver had a .142 blood alcohol
content; the deceased male driver of the
Chevy had a .304 blood alcohol content
Chevrolet Cavalier on scene.
and he had marijuana in his system.
April 5, 2006 at 2015 hours
• An 88-year-old female pedestrian was crossing Euclid Avenue (US 20) within the crosswalk
on the west side of the Robinhood Drive intersection. Suddenly, an intoxicated 34-year-old
female driving a Jeep Cherokee on Euclid Avenue westbound accelerated rapidly through the
intersection. The impaired driver saw the pedestrian but reacted too late to avoid striking
her. The driver of the Jeep had her juvenile son in the Jeep with her at the time of the crash.
The elderly female received serious physical injuries. The driver of the Jeep had a .16 blood
alcohol content. The driver of the Jeep was charged with operating a vehicle under the
influence (OVI), aggravated vehicular assault, and endangering children. The driver was found
guilty of mitigated charges in early 2007 and was sentenced to 90 days in jail as well as other
May 15, 2006 at 0236 hours
• A 25-year-old female was driving a Saturn on State Route 84 (Ridge Road) eastbound between
Riverside Drive and Kirtland Road. The female driver lost control of her car and drove off the
right side of the road into a residential yard striking several trees. Willoughby Fire/Rescue had
to extricate both the female driver and the 26-year-old male passenger from the vehicle.
Both occupants appeared seriously
injured and were taken to Metro Health
Medical Center in Cleveland. Both were
not as injured as they appeared at the
scene; they were treated and released
from the hospital several hours after the
crash. Officers observed that the driver
of Saturn was impaired; she refused to
take a blood alcohol test. The driver was
charged with failure to control and
operating a vehicle under the influence
(OVI); she subsequently pled guilty to
June 11, 2006 at 0424 hours
·An off-duty Willoughby Police
Officer contacted the police
department to report a car operating
recklessly on Lost Nation Road. The
officer observed a Chevy Camaro exit
State Route 2 onto Lost Nation Road
at a high rate of speed. The 19-year-
old male driver failed to stop for a red
traffic signal as it exited the freeway.
The vehicle then traveled north on
Lost Nation Road in the south bound
lanes. On-duty Willoughby Police
Officers attempted to stop the car on
Lost Nation Road but the male failed
to obey the police officers' signals to
stop his car. The driver drove through
several side streets that run off of
Lake Shore Boulevard at a slow rate
of speed while attempting to elude the
police officer trying to stop him.
When the driver turned north onto
Tioga Trail, he accelerated to a high
rate of speed. The driver lost control
during the acceleration and drove off
the right side of the roadway and
struck a large tree head-on. The male
driver was pronounced dead at the
scene. The subsequent investigation
revealed the vehicle was stolen from
Mentor-on-the-Lake. A blood test
result from the driver revealed that
his blood alcohol content was .250,
over three times the illegal limit; and
he had marijuana in his system as
well. His driver's license was under
suspension and he had active
warrants for his arrest.
August 5, 2006 at 1432 hours
• A 43-year-old female was operating a Chrysler Cirrus on State Route 91 southbound
when she attempted to turn left onto State Route 84. At the same time, two motorcyclists
were riding Harley Davidsons on State Route 91 northbound, passing through the State
Route 84 intersection. The driver of the Chrysler failed to yield the right of way to the
two motorcycles and turned into one of them. She struck the first motorcycle that was
being operated by a 43-year-old male. His motorcycle was pushed into the path of the
second motorcycle that was being operated by a 49-year-old male. Both riders were
ejected from their motorcycles and they were seriously injured. The first motorcyclist
struck was flown by LifeFlight to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland. He suffered
such a serious leg injury that a partial amputation of one leg was necessary. The other
motorcyclist was treated and released. The female was charged with failure to yield the
right of way while turning at an intersection. No alcohol or drugs were involved.
August 16, 2006 at 2226 hours
• A 17-year-old male was driving a Toyota Corolla recklessly on State Route 91 (SOM Center
Road) northbound in the area of Colonial Boulevard. As the Toyota was approaching US
Route 20 (Euclid Avenue), the driver made an abrupt lane change and lost control of his
car. The car crossed over the center line into oncoming southbound traffic and struck a
Dodge Caravan head-on. The driver and the passenger of the Dodge were injured in the
crash. Both were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. The driver
of the Toyota was pronounced dead soon after he arrived at Lake West Hospital. No
alcohol or drugs were involved.
December 18, 2006 at 0049 hours
• A 39-year-old male was driving his GMC Sierra pickup trick on State Route 2 eastbound
between Vine Street (SR 640) and Lost Nation Road. Just west of the Chagrin River
bridge, the truck drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a concrete median wall.
The truck traveled back onto the roadway striking the concrete barrier over the Chagrin
River. The driver was seriously injured when he was ejected from the vehicle through the
passenger side window. The driver was flown to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland
where he was treated for a head injury and a serious leg injury. The driver was still in the
hospital in February of 2007. The blood test result from the driver revealed that he had a
.300 blood alcohol content; almost 4 times the legal limit. Once the driver recovers
from his injuries, he will be charged with failure to control, operating a vehicle under the
influence (OVI), and failure to wear a safety belt; his charges were still pending as of
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In 2005, the Willoughby Police Department purchased a restraint chair for use in the jail. The
chair is like a wheelchair with nylon straps. A person can be secured to the chair and completely
immobilized. The shoulders, waist, arms and feet are strapped to padded sections on the chair.
Persons strapped in are monitored continuously.
Four incident reports included descriptions of the behavior that led to persons being restrained
in the chair.
In June of 2005, a male who had been stopped for a traffic violation became confrontational
with an officer. The verbal confrontation evolved into disorderly conduct and the male was
arrested. While at the station, he resisted booking procedures, wrestled with another officer
and was placed in cell one. While in the cell he hit the bars with his fists and tried to break the
light. The male was placed in the chair to prevent him from hurting himself or the light fixture.
After a short period of time, he calmed down and was returned to cell one.
In November of 2005, a female became so unruly at Lake West Hospital, staff could not treat
her. Officers arrested her for intoxication, (her BAC was .269). Once back at the station, she
blocked the camera to the cell with her mattress, attempted to hang herself with her shirt and
kicked at officers who stopped her suicide attempt. After repeated warnings were ignored, she
was placed in the chair. While she continued with verbal abuse of officers, she calmed down and
was returned to her cell.
In August of 2006, an intoxicated male was removed from a downtown bar by management.
When approached by officers, he walked onto Erie street and swore at officers. He was highly
intoxicated and was arrested. When placed into cell one, he punched the walls and the light
fixture with his fists. He was warned to calm down many times and continued punching the
walls and light. As he was being removed from the cell and into the chair, he spit onto one of the
officer's face. Once in the chair, a spit hood was placed on his head. After about 30 minutes, he
calmed down, started crying and was placed back into cell one where he slept ten hours.
In October of 2006, officers responded to a residence where a male said he would kill himself.
He had also punched a hole in his bedroom wall. Officers arrived to learn he had ripped the
storm door bar off and had used it to attack his father. Officers arrested him and he repeatedly
slammed his head into the plexiglas divider in the cruiser. His violence continued at the station
and he was placed in the restraint chair until he calmed down.
To date, the restraint chair has effectively prevented persons from continuing to hurt themselves
and officers. The physical sensory deprivation of not even being able to scratch an itch apparently
forces more rational behavior.
In 2005, 934 persons were housed in the jail. In 2006, 860 persons were housed. Statistical
breakdowns of the persons follow:
Males 74% 78%
Females 26% 22%
Felonies 10% 10%
Misdemeanors 40% 42%
Traffic 23% 23%
Warrants 27% 25%
Held 1 day 81% 86%
2 days 8% 8%
3 days 5% 5%
4 days .5% .8%
5 days .5% .2%
Nearly all of the inmates housed for over one day are commitments from the Willoughby
Municipal Court or those arrested on Friday or Saturday who cannot post bond.
Confinement expense or jail recoupment fees were initiated in 1997. Those fees are billed to
persons incarcerated in the Willoughby Police Department Jail for offenses other than minor
misdemeanors. Inmates must be confined for more than four hours, thus constituting one (1)
day.The cost per day is $65.00. The Willoughby Municipal Court does not charge those persons
who can prove they are indigent.
The Willoughby Police Department Honor Guard was formed in 1994 and at its inception
consisted of 9 officers. Today we have 13 officers who donate their time to participate in
parades, funerals, and other civic duties.
The Honor Guard marches annually in the Greater Cleveland Police Officers’ Memorial Day
Parade. Additionally, they march in the Willoughby Memorial Day Parade and the Willoughby
Frontier Days Parade. The Unit gives military courtesy at funerals of deceased officers. They
have stood as Honor Guard at the funerals of several police officers, police chiefs, retired
officers, and other city officials.
In 2006, the Unit participated in several functions:
♦ On January 21, 2006, the Unit stood color guard for the ceremony to dedicate the
Willoughby Municipal Courthouse.
♦ On March 13, 2006, the Unit presented Patrol Commander Clair with a plaque and
sword for his dedicated service to the Willoughby Police Department and as the founder
of the Honor Guard Unit at his retirement luncheon.
♦ On March 19, 2006, the Unit participated in the Cleveland Police Memorial Parade in
♦ On May 29, 2006, the Unit marched and performed a gun volley in the Willoughby
Memorial Day Parade.
♦ On September 15, 2006, the Unit honored Retired Patrol Commander Clair at his
retirement dinner with a final salute for his dedicated service to our group.
Members of this elite group are
Lieutenant Leslie Whitten Sergeant Todd Ashton
Detective Chuck Deutsch Detective John Begovic
Patrolman Terry Thompson Patrolman Daniel Pitts
Patrolman Derrick Stewart Patrolman Peter Huth
Patrolman George Lessick Patrolman Michael Fitzgerald
Patrolman Kenneth Jordan Patrolman Matthew Tartaglia
Patrolman Matthew Jackson
These men stand ready to give honor to any fallen officers.
Photography and Videography Department
During 2006, the Willoughby Police Department Photography Unit consisted of Detective Thomas
Bertone, Detective Charles Deutsch, Detective Greg Knack, Patrolman Charles Krejsa, Patrolman
Matthew Tartaglia, Patrolman Derrick Stewart and training of Patrolman Christopher Scozzie.
These officers are responsible for the photographic and video documentation of incidents
investigated by the Willoughby Police Department. Many Willoughby officers photograph incidents
and accidents on a daily basis. Usually, these are minor events requiring a minimum number of
pictures and are accomplished using point and shoot digital cameras or disposable 35 millimeter
cameras. When an officer or supervisor determines that more extensive documentation is needed,
one of the above mentioned department photographers is called to respond. The Photography
Unit has access to Canon 35 mm. SLR cameras, Canon digital SLR camera, Canon digital video
cam and several lenses, flashes and attachments to properly handle different photographic needs.
In 2006, the Photography Unit assisted in numerous serious motor vehicle accident investigations.
Several of these investigations involved the preparation of photographs for criminal and civil
litigation. The compilation and preparation of these images was another task performed by the
members of the Photography Unit. Additionally in 2006, the Department photographers assisted
in the investigation of several major criminal cases. Again, the photographs taken to document
these incidents were prepared and presented in the resulting criminal trials.
To keep up with technology, several new digital cameras were purchased in 2006. These cameras
were made available to the Photography Unit, the Patrol Division, the Detective Bureau and many
special uses, such as DARE functions, Community Involvement and Willoughby Explorer’s events.
The use of the digital camera to document minor incidents is the prevailing method used by most
officers. These digital images are downloaded into the CAD system or saved in folders on the
police department network. As needed, these digital images could be printed or transferred to disc
or emailed if necessary. In some cases where 35 millimeter film is still used, the Willoughby Police
Department continued the policy of “develop only” film processing. When the department receives
a request for prints by attorneys and/or insurance companies, copies are either printed at Studio
K Photography or by Willoughby Police Department personnel if digital photographs were taken.
The requesting firm covered the cost for reproduction of those prints. Prints are also occasionally
requested by officers for court cases and investigations.
Several members of the Photography Unit have invested in their own personal cameras similar to
the department owned equipment. This has increased their proficiency and knowledge in order to
professionally handle any situation presented during the course of their work assignments.
Members also continue to attend photography related training when it is available.
Western Lake County Emergency Response Team
The Western Lake County Emergency Response Team is an all volunteer unit comprised of
specially trained full time police officers from the cities of Eastlake, Waite Hill, Wickliffe,
Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, and Willowick. Officers appointed to the tactical team must
annually complete a rigorous physical agility and firearms proficiency test. Tactical Team
members and Crisis Negotiation Team members are required to monitor a pager 24 hours a
day. They must be prepared to respond immediately to a call for team activation. The team is
called upon by the six member cities to respond to critical incidents such as hostage situations,
barricaded subjects, suspect searches, high risk arrests, and search warrant service. The
combined population of the member municipalities is approximately 80,000 residents within
a 50 square mile area of operation.
TACTICAL TEAM 2006
As in prior years, the team trained on a monthly basis. The sniper element of the team also
trains an additional eight hours per month to remain proficient. The additional training for
the snipers is crucial for three reasons. 1) Both snipers on the team are also required to train
as operators with the tactical team. This leaves no time to train with the rifle during regular
ERT trainings. 2) Sniping is an exact skill, requiring additional training. Snipers may be
asked to take a shot, while hundreds of yards away from their target, and be within one inch
of their point of aim. 3) The teams’ snipers train every month with the snipers from Mentor
Police Department. This is done to become familiar with each other, in case the need would
arise, each team’s snipers could be used under a mutual aid agreement. This situation did
occur in 2006.
There were a few changes in the team membership this year. Randy Mullenax of Willoughby
Hills Police Department left the team for family reasons. Dan Pitts of Willoughby Police
Department retired from the team after 13 years of excellent service. Dan will be missed.
Replacing Dan on the team is James “Toby” Davis. Toby, as well as other candidates, went
through a process that included a background check, physical testing, interviews, and a
question and answer session with the entire team. After all this testing Toby was selected as
the best fit for the team. Toby is currently being trained monthly and will be attending a basic
SWAT school in the near future.
In 2006, the entire team also attended training regarding how to deal with Methamphetamine
Labs. The course consisted of 3 days of classroom training. “Meth” labs are becoming more
common and pose a great threat to those who are not trained to deal with them.
TEAM ACTIVATIONS 2006
March 2nd 2006
A drug warrant was executed by the team, in Willowick, for the Lake County Narcotics Agency.
Five people were in the home at the time of the raid and all were secured so the search could
be done safely. Crack cocaine was discovered during the search.
May 16, 2006
The Willoughby Police Department requested the Emergency Response Team be called out for
a male that had barricaded himself in his home. In addition to possible weapons, the male was
also threatening to pour gas over himself and light himself on fire. After a 3 1/2 hour standoff,
the male was talked from his home and taken into custody.
August 29th 2006
Again the Willoughby Police Department requested the team respond to a male with mental issues
who had barricaded himself in his apartment. Road officers responded first and while standing
outside of the apartment heard what they believed to be a gunshot. They pulled back and requested
ERT. After a conversation with the male, through the hallway door, an opportunity presented
itself for the team to safely breach the door and rush the male. He was taken into custody with no
injuries to himself or others.
September 5th 2006
The ERT team did a drug raid for the Cleveland Police Department Narcotics Unit at North Lane
Condominiums, located in Willoughby. After entry all persons were secured and the Cleveland
Police Department conducted their search discovering money and drugs.
October 9th 2006
The team was activated by the Eastlake Police Department for a barricaded female with a gun.
Just as the team was formulating a plan, the female came out and was taken into custody by the
Eastlake road officers.
December 29th 2006 0800hrs
The team was activated to serve a search warrant for the Cleveland Police Department Narcotics
Unit. The warrant service was to take place at a home in Willowick. The team was in position and
waiting for the word that the suspected drug dealer had returned home. The team was ordered to
stand down after 3 ½ hours when the drug dealer had not yet returned. The warrant was served at
a later date and the suspect was taken into custody.
December 29th 2006 2315hrs
Eastlake Police Department requested the Emergency Response Team be called out for a barricaded
male who had shot and killed his girlfriend and had also shot at the first responding officers. The
team arrived and began negotiations with the male who kept stating “he was going to come out
and shoot it out with the cops.” After 5 1/2 hours the male threw out his weapons and gave
himself up. He was charged with the murder of the woman.
During this call out we were able to use our new armored vehicle. The vehicle was purchased
through a Homeland Security Grant and is stored at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The vehicle
is for use by any of the SWAT teams in the county. We also called Mentor Police Department and
requested two of their SWAT team’s snipers. Mentor’s Officers Pattie and Stansberry responded
and covered the rear of the home while our snipers were positioned in front of the home.
Lt. Randy K. Sevel, Operator/Police Marksman
Western Lake County Emergency Response Team
The Firearms Training Unit consists of 10 in-service instructors. Currently there are 4 lieutenants,
2 detectives and 4 patrolmen. Each platoon generally has at least 1 range officer assigned to keep
training current. Of the range officers there are 2 certified Sig Sauer pistol armorers and 2 certified
Remington shotgun armorers. Two officers maintain records, 3 maintain the indoor range, and 1
In 2006, the Firearms Training Unit conducted 4 quarterly programs. A new program is instituted
each quarter. The first quarter is customarily the State of Ohio requalification shoot on the indoor
range, and the other 3 are left to each range officer to create. This allows creative fresh ideas and
new tactics to be introduced. Each squad and the specials division has the opportunity to participate
4 times each quarter. In 2006, the Unit put on 17 regularly scheduled programs, along with individual
training for the newly hired officers. Range programs held were as follows:
First Quarter: State Qualification Shoot – This was our standard shoot as filed with
the State of Ohio Peace Officers Training Council. The shoot consists of a combination
of close quarters, mid range combat, multiple target, barricade, low light, weak hand,
distance, move-and-shoot exercises, and shotgun qualification.
Second Quarter: Training consisted of weapons transition exercise, building entry
exercise, rescue exercise, and fire from vehicle situations..
Third Quarter: Training consisted of simulated traffic stop shooting situations, cover
and concealment, and fire from vehicle.
Fourth Quarter: Training consisted of Simunitions exercises in traffic stop and
building search situations. Simunitions is a live fire exercise using special adapters
and paint-ball type ammunition on actual duty weapons. The training takes place off
range using city property both indoor and outdoor. Using other officers as armed
suspects, officers are placed in a real-life shooting situation where they must encounter
an armed suspect and may have to shoot the suspect or at times be shot. Other than
the obvious motivation, being shot by Simunitions can be painful in itself. This is the
most lifelike training available. This was the first year this type of training was fully
implemented and it is intended to replace 2 of the 4 quarterly courses of range training
in 2007 because of its value.
Additional Training - Training consisted of a session using the FATS (Fire Arms
Training System) computer which took place at Lakeland Community College. The
FATS System is a life size shooting simulator in which the officer participates in
numerous scenarios coupling real life decision-making into range training. The use
of the system is shared among various local departments.
Each officer is required to attend the State Qualification Shoot and at least 2 other quarterly sessions
each year. Collectively, there were over 250 individual courses of fire on the range and FATS trainer.
The range has functioned well during 2006 and needed little more than minor repairs and
The Annual Chief’s Trophy Shoot sponsored by the Willoughby Rotary Club was conducted during the
weeks of March 2 – March 11, 2006. Again this year multiple sessions were held to allow more
participation. There were 22 participants trying to win the grand prize of lunch with the Rotary Club
and a check for One Hundred Dollars ($100.00). In addition, the winner had his name added to a
plaque and was awarded a trophy pewter mug. The program was to shoot at 5 standard OPOTA targets
from a distance of 30 feet. Officers were to use 2-12 round magazines and fire 2 rounds at each target
as they faced. The targets faced in rapid succession and required quick response. This year's program
was extra rapid and also required a rapid reload. A perfect score was not possible. This was done once
for the best score. The scores were based on standard OPOTA with the exception of an “8” which was
scored as a “4.” The highest score was used to determine the winner. Participants also shot a 6 round 50
foot pistol target with a 10 second time limit for a tie breaker. The competition was closed Saturday,
March 11, 2006 with Dan Pitts Winning with a score of 68.
The goal of the Firearms Training Unit is to provide our officers with the most updated information,
equipment, and training possible, to create a clean and safe training facility, to foster confidence
and ability in all officers. To this end the Unit solicits suggestions from all units and members of
the Willoughby Police Department.
Lt. Jack Beckwith
KENNETH F. STAFFORD, JR.
The Communications Center consists of 9 full-time dispatchers, 7 part-time dispatchers and a
part-time supervisor. Very often these individuals are the first contact a person involved in a
critical incident has with the Willoughby Police Department. During 2006, the trained and
dedicated members of the Willoughby Police and Fire Department Communications Center
received 28,567 calls requesting assistance from Police, Fire, or EMS personnel, a decrease of
3.48% from 2005. The Fire Department was dispatched to 4,205 emergency 911 calls for service.
The nature of these calls required Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or Emergency Fire
Apparatus units with manpower to respond. In addition, the fire department handled 337 Point
of Sale requests.
9-1-1 call handling has changed dramatically over the last 10 years. Increased call volumes,
wireless technology, heightened public expectations, Homeland Security concerns and shrinking
budgets are changing the way 9-1-1 centers operate.
Some of the duties expected by the Communications Center personnel are as follows:
· Handling all incoming emergency and non-emergency phone calls;
· Dispatching appropriate units (police and fire) to the scenes;
· Dispatching of Automatic Aid for Fire to surrounding communities;
· Dispatch off HazMat 1 for mutual aid to surrounding communities;
· Handling lobby traffic for the police station on weekends;
· Monitoring the in-house alarm panel which is connected to numerous businesses in
our city for both burglar and fire protection;
· Monitoring the cameras connected to the jail area and perimeter of the police
· Fire Department Shift Call Back pages;
· Notifications made to:
1. Members of the Police and Fire Departments regarding critical and large-scale
2. Western Lake County Emergency Response Team Members for critical incidents
including, but not limited to, hostage situations, bomb threats, etc;
3. Western Lake County Fire Investigative Units for large-scale incidents,
including but not limited to, arson/suspicious fires, hazardous material incidents, etc.
The Communications Center personnel participate in training measures with the Fire
Department, Emergency Response Team of the Willoughby Police Department and the Western
Lake County Emergency Response Team as well. As part of initial training, newly hired
dispatchers are required to ride along in the cruisers with the police officers and on fire apparatus
with the firefighters. This training allows dispatchers to see first hand all aspects of the job that
is required of them. Most calls received in the Communications Center are not life threatening.
However, each dispatcher is trained to handle life threatening emergency calls.
In 2006, newly hired part-time dispatchers received all necessary Powerphone classes and
full-timers received only necessary recertification classes. A list of some of the training
required for our dispatchers is as follows.
• Advanced Law Enforcement Dispatching – 16 hours (2 year certification)
• Advanced Fire Service Dispatching – 16 hours (2 year certification)
• Emergency Medical Service Dispatching – 24 hours
• Emergency Medical Re-Certification – 8 hours (Every 2 years)
• Advanced Public Safety Dispatch – 40 hours
• Principles of Integrated Dispatch – 8 hours
• Domestic Violence Intervention – 8 hours
• Stress Identification & Management - 8 hours
• Emergency Response Team/Hostage Negotiations – 8 hours
• Suicide Intervention for Dispatchers – 8 hours
• Hazardous Materials Preparedness – 8 hours
• 911 Liability – 8 hours
• Weapons of Mass Destruction – 8 hours
• Homeland Security for Telecommunicators – 8 hours
• Mandated Jailer Training including Matron Duty – 16 hours
• Communication Skills – 3 hours
• Mandated CCH and Leads certifications – 4 hours
• Handling TTY calls Promptly & Effectively – 3 hours
• NIMS-IS 100 LE - 2-4 hours
• NIMS-IS 200, 700 & 800 6-12 hours
• I-MABAS & Ohio Emergency Response Plan – 1 hour
The Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system provides vital information, which is
communicated quickly to the officer on the road. CAD captures and organizes dispatching
data into a workable format. Along with this system, it tracks the officer’s traffic stops,
registration checks, and officer-initiated activity.
Mobile data terminals in the cruisers eliminate time-consuming voice dispatching, thus freeing
up airtime for emergencies. This technology allows officers to transmit and send electronic
information from their cars instantaneously. Officers and dispatchers can also use MDT
messaging, which allows them to communicate car-to-car, car to dispatch or send calls to
them voiceless. Hopefully in 2007, the Willoughby Communications Center along with Mentor
and the Emergency Operations Center will begin receiving wireless 911 calls that will pinpoint
the caller and their location via GPS and police mapping. Also coming will be deployment of
FCC-mandated VolP, or Voice over Internet Protocol. The two types of VolP are static and
nomadic. With static (mostly provided by cable companies) there will be no changes in the
way 911 calls are received at the Communications Center. However nomadic calls will only
show the phone number of the caller and class of service (VolP). This will be another new
challenge to 911 communication centers since these companies are not held to the same rules
as ATT in regards to maintaining a subscriber database.
The Records Division is responsible for maintaining accurate and efficient records. Comprised of
5 Clerks, 1 Communications Clerk Lead, 3 full-time Communications Clerks and 1 part-time
Communications Clerk, the Records Division responsibilities include processing all traffic and
criminal arrests with associated fingerprints. Along with the arrests, the Records Division is
responsible for updating the reports pertaining to criminal investigations and complaints. These
tasks are completed utilizing the CAD Records portion of the Computer Aided Dispatch System
which was implemented in December, 2000.
A total of 28,567 calls for service were generated in CAD, of these 2,504 were actual crime or
Willoughby Police Department arrested 4,246 persons resulting in a total of 5,548 citations. With
physical arrest of 854 persons the Records Division processed and receipted bond money. The
bond is accepted by the police department and then forwarded to the court. During the course of
2006 the Records Division processed bond money totaling $150, 400.00.
The Records Division received and processed 375 warrants from the Willoughby Municipal Court,
which were entered into L.E.A.D.S. (Law Enforcement Automated Data System) by Communications
The Willoughby Police Department issued 1,554 parking citations, which were entered into the
Computer Aided Dispatch/Records System throughout the year 2006. The parking ticket receipts
processed by the Records Division produced $19,755.00 in revenue.
The Willoughby Police Department continued the Pre-Pay Accounting System that was implemented
in 1997. This system was created in an effort to streamline the procedure when police reports are
requested. This Pre-Pay Accounting system entitles companies that have established accounts with
our department to request reports by facsimile and receive same day response. The rate for a
facsimile is 35 cents per page. The Record Division maintains these accounts by mailing each
company a statement on a monthly basis. The Miscellaneous Receipts or Copy Income receipts
produced a total of $1,291.92.
Record Room Statistics
F.B.I Uniform Classification
Part I, Actual Offenses Other Arrests-Adult and Juvenile
Attempted Murder 0 Aggravated Murder 0
Homicide 2 Kidnapping/Child Stealing 3
Manslaughter 0 Rape 0
Forcible Rape 5 Robbery 3
Robbery 7 Aggravated Assault 0
Aggravated Assault 6 Simple Assault 36
Breaking and Entering 78 Arson 3
Larceny 320 Extortion 0
Auto Theft 29 Breaking and Entering 17
Total Part I, Actual offenses 447 Larceny 98
Auto Theft 4
Traffic Arrests-Adult & Juvenile Forgery 9
Vehicular Homicide 1 Fraud 19
Hit-Skip 33 Stolen Property 15
DUI & Physical Control 186 Criminal Damaging 29
Reckless Operation 56 Dangerous Drugs 209
Lane Usage Violations 101 Other Sex Offenses 7
Weaving Course/FTC 112 Domestic Violence 28
Left of Center 4 Liquor Violations 87
Failure/Yield Right of Way 120 Obstructing Police 40
Stop Sign 22 Escape 0
Traffic Signals 144 Weapons Violations 12
Assured Clear Distance 231 Disorderly Conduct 242
Speed 733 Intoxication 203
Seat Belt 119 Other 590
Equipment Violations 206 Probation Violations 675
License Plate Violations 255 Total Other Arrests 2329
Unlicensed Junk Vehicles 13 Total Traffic Arrests 3219
Operator License Required 80
Operator License Suspended 406
Other Traffic Violations 397
Total Traffic Arrests 3219
Record Room Statistics
DUI & Physical Control Arre
2002 2003 2004 200
8000 6296 588
2002 2003 2004 200
Record Room Statistics
Money Escorts & Other Public Assists 560
Mutual Aid 519
Solicitor Complaints 73
Labor Problems 0
Fireworks Complaints 48
Open Buildings 127
Disturbance, General 661
Disturbance, Noise 595
Disturbance, Unwanted Guest 103
Disturbance, Trouble with Customer 131
Suspicion, General 919
Suspicion, Person 417
Suspicion, Vehicle 434
Juvenile Runaways & Curfew Violations 64
Fingerprinting (Public Requests/Court Order) 199
Parking Ticket Receipts $19,755.00
Taxi Licenses $ 260.00
Accident & Crime Report Copies $ 356.92
Other Services $ 675.00
Total Other Receipts $ 1,291.92
Total Receipts $21,046.92
Record Room Statistics
Police Calls For Service 28,566
Emergency Calls Dispatched 3,042
Emergency Calls Investigated
Attempted Suicides 31
Mental Illness 91
Total Emergency Calls Investigated 151
Cruelty to Animals 1
Animals at Large 179
Animal Noises 100
Animal Bites 7
Other Animal Complaints 192
Total Animal Investigations 479
Missing Persons 55
Alarms, Fire-False 110
Alarms, Fire-Active 134
Alarms, Making False 3
Alarms, Test 86
Alarms, Malfunction 46
Alarms, Accidental 169
Alarms, Auto 18
Alarms, Weather-induced 24
Alarms, Cancelled 157
Total Number of Alarms 1,993
The Willoughby Police Department has
a long tradition of partnership with those
citizens who reside in, work in, or visit
our city. Sir Robert Peel, considered the
father of the modern police profession
and for whom the “London Bobbies” are
named, stated a philosophy that “The
people are the police and the police are
the people.” In that spirit, the Willoughby
Police Department continues to include
a full time Community Involvement
Division in its table of operations.
The goal of this division is to enhance
overall safety and quality of life for
Willoughby citizens through
partnerships and efforts in education and
crime prevention, rather than the police
being limited only to reacting to crimes
that have already occurred. Crime is
inevitable. However, crime prevention
2006 Mixers and Shakers Event to combat
and community action efforts are viable
additions to reactionary enforcement and
can affect crime rates, quality of life and
the sense of security, well-being and self-
determination within a community.
It must be noted the success of the The Community Involvement Division is staffed by
Community Involvement Division is due one full-time officer who works in conjunction with
ENTIRELY upon the participation of all and receives the support of virtually all other police
department employees from the highest department members. Since the year 2000,
ranking administrators through and Patrolman Tim Kerzisnik has been assigned to the
including front line patrol officers, position of Community Involvement Officer.
detectives, dispatch and clerical staff, Patrolman Kerzisnik is a twenty-four year veteran of
part-time personnel, police explorers, the department and has had previous assignments in
and civilian volunteers. These the Patrol Division and the Detective Bureau.
individuals all bring special expertise and
selfless attitudes of service to our
community involvement programs.
In partnership with the
Willoughby Junior Women’s
Club, the National Safety Town
Program is taught annually in
June to children about to enter
Kindergarten. Certified civilian
instructors and police officers
offer instruction on traffic
safety, bike safety, stranger
safety, fire safety, and school bus
safety among other topics. This
program owes its long-standing
success to volunteers from the 2006 Safety Town
Willoughby Junior Women’s
Club and the teen instructors
To start them on their way to In 2006, funds from the Law
they enlist and train. The teens
safe recreation, the children Enforcement Education Fund
provide quality instruction and
receive bicycle helmets at no were used to supplement the
leadership to the young children
cost courtesy of the purchase of helmets. This fund
while putting community service
Willoughby Police receives its money from criminal
Department and the forfeitures stemming from
Willoughby Junior Women’s investigations and convictions
Club and generous private for various crimes, including but
donors. not limited to crimes involving
drugs and fraud.
This program owes its long-
standing success to volunteers
from the Willoughby Junior
Women’s Club and the teens
who assist them.
Many of today’s teens and adults
fondly recall their past safety
town experience. We look
forward to continuing this
tradition which serves as a
foundation for developing
healthy, safe, happy, and
2006 Safety Town
A summary of current programs is as follows:
Neighborhood associations work with the police
department as various issues arise which affect
safety or quality of life within neighborhoods.
GOALS FOR 2007
BANK ROBBERY SEMINARS
Continue membership and Bank employees in Willoughby are trained by
participation in The Ohio Crime Willoughby Police in Robbery Prevention and
Prevention Association. proper response should a robbery occur. This
training is done in conjunction with bank security
Increase police presence and and the FBI.
programs at the middle school and
high school levels. BUSINESS COMMUNITY LIAISON
To promote community well-being, police partner
Increase activity and assistance to with local businesses in programs that benefit
the Police Athletic League (PAL) children and adults. Help is also available to
Program. businesses to prevent burglary, theft, fraud, and
other crimes and to address safety issues pertinent
to individual businesses.
The Community Involvement Division
participates in a variety of activities at all of the
schools within Willoughby under the guidance of
and in strong partnership with school
administrators, teachers, and staff. Programs are
grade level appropriate and range from preschool
and kindergarten through the twelfth grade.
Activities range from the simple presence of
officers as frequent visitors at schools while
serving as role models, friends and members of
the school community, sharing recess and
lunchtime, and extracurricular events, to more
traditional classroom presentations.
Past programs have included gun safety, seat belt
safety, conflict resolution, bullying, driving
attitudes, career planning seminars, police and
teenage relationships, D.U.I. Prevention,
participation in guest reader programs, and many
other topics. “Kilo,” the police department’s
narcotics detection and search dog, and his
handler, Patrolman Michael Negrea, have been
particularly effective and well-received in local
SPEAKERS BUREAU AND COMMUNITY INFORMATION PROGRAMS
Throughout the year, the Community Involvement Division, with the help of other
divisions of the police department, participates in a variety of presentations designed to
educate and partner with citizens and various civic groups and organizations. Requests
and topics are ongoing and change over time. They have included, but are not limited to:
• Identify Theft and Fraud Prevention
• Senior Citizen Safety
• Telephone and Internet Fraud Prevention
• Intervention Training to First Time D.U.I. Offenders to Prevent Repeat Offenses
• Preschool and Daycare Programs
• Crime Prevention Displays at Mall Shows and the Lake County Fair
• Assistance and Liaison with Victim Advocate Programs
• Child Abduction Prevention
Suggestions for new programs are always welcomed. A review of topics is ongoing to meet
changing needs. Assistance with community involvement issues can be obtained by contacting
the Community Involvement Officer, Patrolman Timothy Kerzisnik at (440) 953-4227.
EXPLORER POST 602
The purpose of the Law Enforcement Explorer program is to 1) provide career skills experience,
2) provide leadership skills experience and 3) provide life skills experience.
Willoughby Law Explorer Post 602 has been active for over 20 years. Post 602 consists of 16
youth members, 6 advisors and associate advisors and an advisory committee comprised of 4
members of the police department.
In addition to the 576.5 hours the members of the Willoughby Police Department's Law
Enforcement Explorer Post spent at meetings wherein they received training in police
procedures, such as fingerprinting, they completed 27 hours of ride-along training. Ride-
along training provides invaluable career experience skills as well as life experience skills.
In 2006, the Explorers provided approximately 526 hours of assistance with traffic and crowd
control at many of the city civic events such as the ArtFest, Safety Town, Edison Elementary
Carnival, Law Days, Classic Car Cruise-In, Frontier Days (including the parade), July 4th
fireworks celebration, Memorial Day Parade, Halloween Patrol, Protect and Serve Tavern,
and the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Additionally, the Explorers assisted with county
civic events such as traffic control for the Little Mountain Folk Festival, and assisted the
Harvest for Hunger Program packaging the food to be distributed to the needy.
The Willoughby Police Department is very proud of past Explorers who have gone on to
positions in law enforcement, public service, the armed services and private business.
DRUG ABUSE RESISTANCE EDUCATION (DARE)
The DARE Program makes use of the “Facilitation Method” of instruction, which was designed by
professionals in the field of education. The Facilitation Method incorporates much more individual
participation, reasoning, and involvement on the student’s part than a traditional lecture or “Sage
on the Stage” method of instruction. This curriculum places an emphasis on decision-making,
enabling students to define a problem or situation, assess their choices in addressing the problem,
make a response and evaluate whether or not the response was correct.
The DARE Program is well received by teachers, students, and parents within individual schools.
Willoughby Police DARE officers are all trained and certified by the National DARE Association.
2006-2007 Graduation Patrolman Ken Jordan
Officers from the Patrol Division teach the DARE Program to each fifth grade class in the
public schools and the sixth grade classes in the parochial schools within the City of
Willoughby. During the 2006 school year, Patrolman Pete Huth, Patrolman Ken Jordan,
Patrolman Bruce Fedor, and Patrolman Tim Kerzisnik taught 11 classes totaling
approximately 283 students.
McKinley Elementary 5th Grade 2 classes Patrolman Huth
Grant Elementary 5th Grade 3 classes Patrolman Kerzisnik
Edison Elementary 5th Grade 3 classes Patrolman Jordan
Willoughby Middle School 5th Grade 1 class Patrolman Fedor
Immaculate Conception 6th Grade 2 classes Patrolman Huth
Classes are 1 hour per week for 9 weeks or more and a graduation ceremony completes the
program. During the course, students learn how to resist drugs and violence, how to build
self-esteem, the consequences of choices they make and the actions they take, the 8 ways to
say no, how to avoid peer pressure, the effects of the media, and how to deal with stress.
DARE Graduation is always an important aspect of the educational experience. Students have
the chance to share with their families and friends the satisfaction they have gained from
completing this life-skills course. As part of their education, DARE students are asked to
write an essay discussing what they have learned. Teachers and DARE officers read these
essays and choose 1 essay per class to be read aloud at graduation. This is one of the most
difficult tasks for the DARE officers and teachers. This year the task was no less difficult. The
students submitted essays, which demonstrated the level of commitment each student felt as
they completed this class. The following excerpts exemplify the students' commitment to
learning the information every Willoughby DARE officer hopes to impart to his students.
"There is one group of officers who get to teach the most important lesson you'll
probably ever learn. They are the DARE officers."
Willoughby Middle School
"Sometimes peer pressure can get to you. I have learned techniques such as walking
away and avoiding certain situations. This has made me more confident about myself.
McKinley Elementary School
"I feel confident I will be able to walk away from peers making poor and unhealthy
choices. I will make positive decisions that will take me on a successful road through
Edison Elementary School
"Before D.A.R.E., I knew that drugs could mess a person up, but once we had our
first D.A.R.E. lesson, I realized it's not just something they put in a book, but it's
real, life threatening, and scary."
Grant Elementary School
As these excerpts demonstrate, DARE students learn many important lessons about drugs
and choices. DARE is not just another drug education class-it is a "life" education class. This
program continues to be a success and is extremely well received by parents, students, and
POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE
The Willoughby Police Department firmly believes
that young people are more likely to respect and
obey the law if its enforcers are regarded as friends WHAT IS PAL
not adversaries. PAL's programs further mutual
trust, respect, and camaraderie between law The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a
enforcement and the juvenile population. Youth recreation oriented juvenile crime
who participate in PAL are off the street, out of prevention program that relies heavily on
trouble, and out of the juvenile justice system. athletics and recreational activities to
Today, some children and teenagers face adult-sized tighten the bond between police officers and
problems such as drug abuse, violence, and adolescents in the community.
dysfunctional family lives. PAL helps young people First incorporated in the early 1930’s, PAL
overcome some of the difficulties of growing up so has a long history of developing bonds
they can become productive, law-abiding citizens. between cops and kids.
Programs The Police Athletic League is based on the
In 2006, Willoughby PAL joined other area PAL belief that children, if reached early enough,
Associations in an annual fishing outing. The can develop a strong, positive attitude
children boarded charter boats provided by Lake regarding police officers in their journey
Erie Charters for 3 hours of fishing and returned to through life toward the goal of adulthood
the dock for a cook-out with music and games. and citizenship.
Trophies were provided for the biggest fish and
casting contest. All attendees reported having a A PAL program brings youngsters under the
great time. supervision and constructive influence of a
responsible law enforcement agency and
An outing to a Cleveland Cavaliers game was also expands public awareness about the role of
scheduled. Chaperones, food, and transportation a police officer. That role is the positive
were provided to Willoughby students. Initial plans reinforcement and support of the
for 2007 include outings to a Lake Erie Monsters responsible values and attitudes instilled in
hockey game, Cleveland Indians baseball game, young people by their parents.
Lake County Captains baseball game, continuation
of attendance at the annual fishing trip, as well as
possible new activities as yet to be determined.
PAL programs would not be possible without the
Such benefit to
assistance of members of the Willoughby Police
Department, members of the community who
and to the
donate their time and area civic associations and
private citizens who make donations for expenses.
The support of the state organization, The Ohio
Association of Police Athletic Leagues is essential
which they grow
to the success of Willoughby PAL. We are always
up is virtually
open to new ideas or programs which would improve
our PAL efforts for the children of the community.
Please contact Community Involvement Officer Tim
Kerzisnik at (440) 953-4212 if you have any
suggestions for enhancing Willoughby PAL. 48
SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS
The School Crossing Guards are an integral part of the Willoughby Police Department. They
are organized as a part of the Community Involvement Division and coordinated by the
Community Involvement Officer.
Over the years they have become part of their overall school communities, contributing to the
character and development of the children by the quality of their interactions with students.
Long lasting bonds are formed which extend beyond the elementary years. Many adults still
fondly recall the service, friendliness, and guidance of their former crossing guards.
Prior to being hired all crossing guards must first successfully complete a pre-employment
background screening evaluation. This ensures a good fit to all aspects of the position. As a
group, our crossing guards have accumulated many decades of service and experience. Their
continued success is self-evident. We are proud of them.
2006 saw the retirement of Janice Preske. Janice was the crossing guard at Edison School for
30 years. She is a prime example of how important crossing guards are to their school
communities. The school held special assemblies to honor her and bid her farewell. The
Willoughby Police Department is grateful for her years of loyal service and we wish her well.
Edison Elementary School
Grant Elementary School
Immaculate Conception School
McKinley Elementary School Substitutes
Ken Eisele Patricia Codney
Bert Gillette Marietta Hrach
Ann Kitko Kathy Schmitt
Ralph West Mary Baggott
The Willoughby Victim’s Assistance Program is in its seventh year. The advocates assisted 987
victims and witnesses including call outs to assist families for death notification and those involved
with domestic violence, assault, robbery, and suicide. They provided assistance to the victims of
several house fires. In addition, the advocates assisted less fortunate clients through the Willoughby
Municipal Court Helping Hand Program.
All three advocates attended the Christmas Vigil that was hosted by the Lake County Victim Assistance
Program. The Vigil was well attended and a source of peace and comfort to families who have
suffered the loss of a loved one.
The Willoughby Victim Advocates continue to be involved with the following organizations:
Women’s Support Group: This group continues to meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm
until 9:00 pm. It provides support to women who have been victims of unhealthy relationships.
Child care is provided during the meeting. The Willoughby Victim Assistance Program partners
with its sister organization in the City of Eastlake to share the responsibilities for facilitating this
group. At the December meeting a Christmas party was held for the attending women and their
children, all of whom received small gifts.
Community Alliance Law Enforcement Mental Health Services (CALMHS): Chief Straube
and Director Kathy Fellows are members of this committee. The committee works to provide
collaboration between the mental health and the criminal justice systems. The CALMHS committee
works to improve services available to individuals with mental health problems. In October, the
committee sponsored Crisis Intervention Training at Lakeland Community College for law
enforcement. In September, the committee sponsored training on Supervision of the Offender with
Mental Illness at the Lake County Minimum Security Jail.
Lake County Victim Assistance Task Force: The Willoughby Victim Advocates belong to this
organization with other advocates in the Lake, Geauga, and Ashtabula counties, as well as state and
federal advocates. Each meeting is hosted at a different location and includes an educational topic
such as identity theft and the Identity Passport Program, the Mental Health Court, scams and frauds,
crime scene clean up, elder abuse, and cyber-stalking.
Ohio Domestic Violence Network: This organization is a coalition of domestic violence
programs, supportive agencies, and concerned individuals working toward the elimination of
domestic violence. The Willoughby Victim Assistance Program hosted a seminar on Elder Abuse
with a speaker from ODVN. Victim advocates from the area as well as community involvement
officers, and advocates from Lake County Department of Job and Family Services, Lake Hospital
System, and the Lake County Mental Retardation Program attended.
Ohio Victim Witness Association: As a member of this organization, Director Kathy Fellows
attended organizational meetings at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus. These
educational meetings included topics on new legislation, the State Identity Passport Program,
Victim Rights Law, and information on what advocates should know.
MADD Victim Impact Panel: The Mothers Against Drunk Driving Impact Panel is a monthly
court mandated educational class for offenders of alcohol laws. Advocate Judi Widgren is a
member of this panel; she assists with scheduling speakers and registration.
National Organization of Victim Advocates: Director Kathy Fellows was fortunate to
attend the annual training conference of this organization. Partial funding for this schooling
was provided through a state grant from the Ohio Attorney General.