Police Deparment
$ 2,000 REWARD - Mario Whitfield Homicide Please call Detective Chris Kovach at (440) 204-2168 for information on this homicide.
$ 2000 REWARD - Darmis Crawford Homicide Please call Detective Steve Curry at 204-2166 with any information regarding this homicide.
$ 500 Reward - Missing Peson Kathleena "Kat" Burke Contact Lorain Police Detective Bureau at 440-204-2105 with any information.
311 Non-Emergency Lorain Police Number Dial 311 from any landline Centurytel phone to be connected directly to our Police Dispatchers
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Drug Tip Line Drug Tip Line: 440-204-2108
Information on Recent Homicides To provide information on recent homicides or shootings, call Detectives at 440-204-2105.
PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING 21 Overdoses & 3 deaths in 48 hours involving dangerous narcotic being sold as heroin.
Report an Emergency Report an emergency or crime in progress, dial 9-1-1.
Report Non-Emergency To report non-emergency situations or crimes that are not in progress, dial 440-204-2100, or if calling within the City of Lorain on a landline phone, dial 3-1-1
Unsolved Homicide Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two Lorain teenagers, as well as the city's other unsolved homicides.

About Our Department

Police Divisions/Units

Although separate and individual, the function of each unit is basically the same: Conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations on criminal offenses. Gather information and evidence, which ultimately leads to the identification, apprehension, prosecution and conviction of criminal offenders. The investigators document all information and evidence in report form which is then forwarded to either the Municipal or County Prosecutor. They continue to assist the Prosecutor throughout the judicial procedure until case closure. 

Organizational Structure

Chief of Police

  1.  Function
  2. The Chief of Police develops, organizes, coordinates, and directs all functions of the Lorain Police Department. The Police Department is organized into areas of functional responsibilities called Bureaus, Divisions, Sections and Units. The organizational structure of the Department is reflected in the current Lorain Police Department Organizational Chart.

  3. Location
  4. The Office of the Chief of Police is located on the 1st Floor, of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit

    N/A

 Office of Management, Budget & Research

  1. Function
  2. Planning, Research and Budgeting functions are performed by the Civilian Manager under the direction of the Chief of Police. Established for the efficient planning of law enforcement services to the community.

  3. Location
  4. The Office of Management, Budget & Research operates directly out of the Chief of Police Office.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. The Office of Management, Budget & Research consists of one (1) Civilian Manager

Office of Professional Standards

  1. Function
  2. The Office of Professional Standards consists of three sections; Administrative Investigations, Policy & Procedure Development and Training

  3. Location
  4. The Office of Professional Standards is under the direct command of the Chief of Police and is located within the Police Station—1st Floor, Justice Center

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. The Office of Professional Standards consists of 1 (one) Lieutenant and 1 (one) Sergeant

Section 1
Administrative Investigations

  1. Function
  2. Investigates all complaints alleging misconduct, and violations of rules, regulations and departmental directives, against departmental personnel.

  3. Location
  4. N/A

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. Standardized complaint forms may be obtained by citizens wishing to file a written complaint against a Lorain Police employee at the following locations:

    1. Records Window of the Police Station—1st Floor, Justice Center
    2. Lorain Prosecutor's Office—2nd Floor, Justice Center
    3. Safety/Service Director's office—7th Floor, City Hall Tower

Section 2
Policy & Procedure Development

  1. Function
  2. Provide for the proper preparation, indexing and distribution so that all personnel concerned are kept informed of new and revised policies and procedures.

  3. Location
  4. N/A

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

Section 3
Training

  1. Function
  2. The development and coordination of all training for Department members, as well as the storage and maintenance of those records. The Field Training and Evaluation Program is also the responsibility of the Training Sergeant. Primary responsibility for the background investigation, of police applicants.

  3. Location
  4. N/A

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

Patrol Operations Bureau Captain

  1. Function
  2. The Patrol Operations Captain is responsible for all uniformed personnel assigned to the patrol division and: Traffic Unit, K-9 Unit, SWAT Team, CIT / Crisis Negotiations Team, Marine Patrol / Underwater Recovery Team and the Lorain Police Auxiliary.

  3. Location
  4. The Office of the Patrol Operations Captain is located on the 1st Floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Captain and an assistant, which is a Lieutenant

Uniform Division

  1. Function
  2. The Patrol Division provides primary police services to the community, including preventive patrol, traffic supervision/enforcement, preliminary criminal investigations, and a variety of other service oriented functions.

  3. Location
  4. The Uniform Division operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The Patrol Division is deployed through out the Lorain city limits, utilizing districts.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Captain, three (3) Lieutenants, thirteen (13) Sergeants and fifty five (55) Patrol Officers

Traffic Services

  1. Function
  2. Traffic Enforcement Officers have primary responsibility for Crash Investigations involving serious or fatal injuries, and accident reconstruction. Hit Skip accident investigations, court ordered immobilizations and salvaging of vehicles. Traffic Enforcement Officers also handle traffic control related matters, in addition to speed and DUI enforcement. Participation in special events (parades, funeral processions, VIP escorts, etc.), conduct Safety Town and other safety related programs.

  3. Location
  4. The Traffic Bureau operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The Traffic Officers are deployed through out the Lorain city limits.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. The Traffic Bureau will be summoned by a supervisor and will be responsible for the investigation of fatal crashes, serious injury crashes and crashes involving promoted officers. Crashes resulting from pursuits that terminate inside of the city, regardless of whether or not the pursuit was initiated by this agency.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Sergeant and four (4) Patrol Officers

Community & School Resource Officers

  1. Function
  2. TCommunity Resource Officers; development and implementation of crime prevention programs, positive community relations, and effective community policing. The level of commitment extends to initiating and maintaining active partnerships with the corporate and private communities of Lorain to reduce the opportunity for criminal activity.

    School Resource Officers; is designed to provide a valuable forum through which students, parents, faculty, and police officers can become acquainted and, as a result, earn mutual respect, demonstrating to parents and faculty that the Lorain Police Department has a genuine interest in the community's youth.

  3. Location
  4. The Community Resource Officers operate out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. The School Resource Officers were located in each of the high schools.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Community Resource Officers were assigned to three sections of the city. The School Resource Officers were assigned to each of the city High Schools.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Currently, due to manpower issues, our officers that were dedicated as Community Resource Officers and School Resource Officers have been re-assigned to Road Patrol. We had, three (3) Community Resource Officers and two (2) School Resource Officers

CANINE (K-9) Unit

  1. Function
  2. The main objective of this team to provide a controlled and coordinated response to emergency situations in an effort to protect the citizens of Lorain, the police personnel responding to such incidents, and the subject(s) involved. The ultimate goal and purpose of this team is the protection of life. In this effort, the team will use all tactical ability available. Typical uses for the Critical Response Team are:
    High Risk Search / Arrest Warrants, Barricaded Subject(s), Subject(s) with Hostage(s), Suicidal Person(s), Special Situations

  3. Location
  4. The S.W.A.T. unit operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. This is a secondary duty for selected officers.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The S.W.A.T. unit is deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates. In special circumstances, the unit can be sent outside the city of Lorain via the mutual aide agreement.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. A patrol supervisor may immediately call out the SWAT Team in any situation in which officers or others are in immediate danger of serious physical harm from another, or that cannot be resolved by available patrol resources. In less emergent situations where a supervisor wishes to call out the SWAT Team, the Operations Captain should be contacted for approval of the use of SWAT.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Lieutenant, one (1) Sergeant and 13 Patrol Officers

C.I.T.

  1. Function
  2. Officers who have been specially trained and prepared to deal with situations involving persons who have mental illnesses and know how to respond to these situations in an appropriate and sensitive manner. Helping people with mental illnesses and their families obtain the services of mental health organizations, hospitals, clinics, and shelter care facilities.

  3. Location
  4. The majority of these specially trained officers are assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau, Uniform Division. This is a secondary duty for selected officers.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The C.I.T. Officers are deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. C.I.T. Officers should be dispatched do all calls that may require their special training in dealing with persons having mental illness. Any officer that finds himself needing a C.I.T. Officer may request their assistance.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of two (2) sergeants and twenty six (26) Patrol Officers

Negotiations Team

  1. Function
  2. The Lorain Police Department will deploy specially trained negotiators to those situations wherein a subject is barricaded and may reasonably be expected to possess deadly weapons and/or present a danger to him/her self or others or where hostages are being held.

  3. Location
  4. The C.I.T. / Negotiations team operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. This is a secondary duty for selected officers

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The C.I.T. / Negotiations team is deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates. In special circumstances, the team can be sent outside the city of Lorain via the mutual aide agreement.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. May be called out by a supervisor immediately if the situation appears to be an emergency. If no emergency exists they may be called out after conferring with the Operations Captain.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Sergeant , one (1) Detective and three (3) Patrol Officers

Marine Patrol

  1. Function
  2. Patrolling the waters of Lake Erie, Enforcing Marine laws of the Federal Government (U.S. Code 19), Enforcing Marine laws of the State of Ohio, and City Ordinances, Conducting safety checks of boaters. Other responsibilities include response to calls for assistance, missing boats/ divers, boats aground, and assistance to other law enforcement jurisdictions when requested. Officers will also participate in special events and present boating safety programs to interested parties.

  3. Location
  4. The Marine operates out of both the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center, and the Lorain Port Authority. This is a secondary duty for selected officers

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Waters of Lake Erie, off of city of Lorain

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. May be called out by a supervisor immediately if the situation appears to be an emergency. If no emergency exists they may be called out after conferring with the Operations Captain.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. The Marine Patrol Consists of one (1) Lorain Police Officer and four (4) Port Authority Officers

Underwater Recovery Team

  1. Function
  2. The Underwater Search and Recovery Team (Dive Team) is joint operation with the Lorain Police Department, Lorain Fire Department and the Lorain Police Auxiliary, it is responsible for underwater search and recovery operations. Underwater search and recovery operations encompass underwater criminal investigations, the recovery of bodies and property, and other operations, which by their nature fall into the scope of duties and obligations of the Lorain Police Department.

  3. Location
  4. The Underwater Recovery Team operates out of both the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. This is a secondary duty for selected officers

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Waters of Lake Erie, off of city of Lorain

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. When a Patrol supervisor is notified of a water related incident within the jurisdiction of this Department, which may require the immediate call out of the Dive Team. If no emergency exists they may be called out after conferring with the Operations Captain.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of two (2) Sergeants, two (2) Patrol Officers and three (3) Lorain Fire Department Officers and three (3) Lorain Police Auxiliary Officers.

Lorain Police Auxiliary (Additional Information)

  1. Function
  2. The Lorain Police Department provides for an Auxiliary Police Officer Program to enhance manpower and to meet the demands created by emergencies such as civil disturbances, natural disasters, and other emergency conditions. The Lorain Police Auxiliary also provide assistance with court security, homicide scenes and other high risk incidents, support patrol, under water recovery team and various other duties.

  3. Location
  4. The Lorain Police Auxiliary operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. The Lorain Police Auxiliary are deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. May be called out by a supervisor immediately if the situation appears to be an emergency or one requiring extended assistance.

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Chief, one (1) Major, one (1) Captain, six (6) Lieutenants, six (6) Sergeants and forty (40) Patrol Officers.

Support Services Division Captain

  1. Function
  2. The Support Services Captain is responsible for all personnel assigned to the Communication Center, Renovation / Maintenance of Facilities, Records and Information Center, Computer / Technology Services, Jail Operations, Property / Evidence / Fleet Management and the Court Liaison

  3. Location
  4. The Office of the Support Services Division Captain is located on the 1st floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Captain (position is currently vacant due to retirement, test will be forthcoming)

Communication Center

  1. Function
  2. The Communications Center has primary responsibility for radio communications, including the dispatch of patrol and investigative personnel; telephone communications, including receiving and initiating response to all emergencies and calls for police service or information; teletype and automated data communications; and dispatching police personnel to alarms and notifying emergency contacts.

  3. Location
  4. The Communication Center operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. Currently in the beginning phases of renovation and moving to a new facility, in the lower level of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Sergeant and nineteen (19) civilians

Renovation / Maintenance of Facilities

  1. Function
  2. Provides insight and reviews plans for any proposed renovation or modification to the Lorain Police Department facilities.

  3. Location
  4. Operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. Bid have recently been award to start a major renovation of the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. This is an auxiliary duty of the Support Service Division Captain. Due to the vacancy, this currently falls under the direction of the Patrol Operation Captain

Records and Information Center

  1. Function
  2. The Records Section has primary responsible for the following; receiving, reviewing, filing, and recalling copies of all reports prepared by members of the Department; maintaining master case files, providing data and support documentation upon request; preparing Uniform Crime Reports (UCR); maintaining the Department's computerized record keeping and photo imaging systems; records archival and the completion of various clerical duties as required.

  3. Location
  4. The Records and Information Center operates out of the Lorain Police Department, 1st Floor of the Justice Center. Currently in the beginning phases of renovation and moving to a new facility, located on the 1st level of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of seven (7) Civilians

Computer / Technology Services

  1. Function
  2. Works with the Lorain City MIS employees. Responsible for the following:
    Establish guidelines for the procurement of computer hardware, software, and supplies; maintenance of computer hardware/software; use of computer hardware/software; Coordinate the acquisition of all Departmental computer hardware/ software products with the Lorain City MIS. Coordinate the installation, use, inspection, and support of Departmental computer systems with the Lorain City MIS. Coordinate computer training, information and assistance

  3. Location
  4. The Office of the Computer / Technology Services is located on the 1st floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Civilian

Jail Operations

  1. Function
  2. The Jail Operations is responsible for the housing and welfare of incarcerated individuals, this includes assuring efficient operation and compliance with state, federal, and local laws and regulations. Our jail facility can accommodate up to 32 males, all females are transported to the Lorain County Jail.

  3. Location
  4. The Jail Operations is located on the 3rd floor, of the Justice Center.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Lieutenant and five (5) Detention Officers

Property & Evidence

  1. Function
  2. Evidence/Property is responsible for all evidence and property control matters and handles the submission of physical specimens and evidence to crime laboratories

  3. Location
  4. Located in the basement of the Justice Center

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Patrol Officer

Fleet Management

  1. Function
  2. The Fleet Management Coordinator is responsible for the scheduling and coordination of maintenance for all police vehicles and their respective equipment. The Fleet Management Coordinator also plays a vital part in the procurement of police vehicles

  3. Location
  4. Located in the basement of the Justice Center

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. This is an auxiliary duty for the Property / Evidence Officer

Court Liaison

  1. Function
  2. The Court Liaison will ensure to his utmost ability, a secure atmosphere for the municipal court by providing for the safety of court officials, persons having business before the court, and members of the general public observing the courts' sessions

  3. Location
  4. Located on the third (3) floor of the Justice Center

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Lorain Municipal Courts, 3rd floor of the Justice Center

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Patrol Officer

Criminal Investigations Bureau Captain

  1. Function
  2. The Criminal Investigations Captain is responsible for all personnel assigned to Investigative Units. The Criminal Investigations Section has primary responsibility for the investigation of serious crimes, recovery of stolen property, preparation and presentation of cases for the Lorain County Prosecutor's Office; conducting at-scene investigations and crime scene processing; instituting investigations on criminal activities; and the compilation of criminal intelligence and statistical data.

  3. Location
  4. The Office of the Criminal Investigations Division Captain is located on the 1st floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. N/A

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. N/A

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Captain

Crimes Against Persons

  1. Function
  2. The crimes against persons unit investigates major felony crimes, crimes involving incidents of family violence (traditional domestic violence and child abuse/neglect cases), sex offenses, and missing persons.

  3. Location
  4. The Crimes against Persons Bureau is located on the 1st floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Detectives are deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates.

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. Notified by a supervisor when any of the following complaints are received and verified as being founded; Homicide, Suicide, any incident that results in death or has a high likelihood it may result in death, other than deaths from traffic incidents or from natural causes. Kidnapping or Abduction, Child abuse incidents that result in serious physical harm. Death of any child (other than death caused by traffic crash). All other serious felonies where a crime scene exists that, if not processed immediately, could result in the loss of crucial evidence and only if said evidence cannot be properly collected by the investigating patrol

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Sergeant and four (4) Detectives

Crimes Against Property

  1. Function
  2. Property Crimes Bureau is responsible for investigating cases that are, or may be felonies, such as crimes involving identity thefts, consumer fraud, business fraud, fraud, theft and illegally trafficking in firearms. Property Crimes Bureau is also responsible for computer related crimes, examinations of computers, computer systems, and computer media. The bureau also, recovers stolen property, and prepares cases for prosecution.

  3. Location
  4. The Crimes against Property Bureau is located on the 1st floor, of the Justice Center within the Lorain Police Department.

  5. Area where each unit is deployed
  6. Detectives are deployed through out the Lorain city, as the situation dictates

  7. Protocal for activating
  8. All serious felonies where a crime scene exists that, if not processed immediately, could result in the loss of crucial evidence and only if said evidence cannot be properly collected by the investigating patrol

  9. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  10. Consists of one (1) Sergeant and four (4) Detectives

Narcotics / Special Investigations Unit

  1. Function
  2. Investigates, identifies and apprehends individuals targeted as major violators of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) statutes, concentrating on importers, couriers and suppliers. Enforces prostitution laws and statutes pertaining to illegal gambling. Secondary responsibilities include liquor law violations. Collaborates with the Lorain County Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals and other government agencies.

  3. Area where each unit is deployed
  4. Detectives are deployed through out the Lorain city or elsewhere, as the situation dictates

  5. Protocal for activating
  6. When a large amount of suspected drugs or suspected drug related cash (over $3,000) is recovered. When critical drug related information is received.

  7. Number of officers, by rank, in each unit
  8. Consists of one (1) Sergeant, and 4 Detectives (one of the detectives is currently assisting with the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force

Lorain Police Explorers (Additional Information)

The purpose of the Exploring program is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to explore the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and in their communities. If you have an interest in the career of Law Enforcement, then joining a Police Explorer Post is your first step towards a exciting and fullfilling career in police work. Law Enforcement Exploring is only an introduction to the police profession. Career surveys conducted in high schools throughout the country demonstrate a significant level of student interest in law enforcement and criminal justice.

Police Chaplain Program

The department is in the planning stages of implementing a Police Chaplaincy Program. This program is designed to assist police personnel in handling a variety of crisis situations and to provide police and citizens with the best possible service in the time of personal crisis or tragedy.

It involves a select group of ordained clergy who are provided the essential guidelines in handling emergency matters such as death notifications, aggravated domestic problems, contemplated or attempted suicides, etc. This service provides responsible, ordained members of the clergy who will be on call to assist police when requested. This assistance often involves complex problems requiring a high degree of sensitivity; therefore, specialized training is extensive for this ministry.

Our Lorain Police Department Chaplain

Father Dan Divis