The Uniform Division is responsible for the enforcement of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Mayfield Heights and the Ohio Revised Code. Their duties include protection of life and property as well as preserving the peace. Traffic law enforcement and accident investigation are additional duties performed on a daily basis. The Division also plays a major role in crime prevention and detection. Members of the Uniform Division are often called upon by the public for assistance when they have no one else to turn to.
Captain Douglas Suydam
Members of the D.B. are tasked with follow up investigation of serious misdemeanors and felony violation. Additionally they are involved in drug surveillance, white collar crime investigations and execution of search warrants. Their hours are flexible and are assigned by the Bureau Commander. They often act as victims advocates. This involves assisting victims with what to expect as a prosecution case moves forward through the legal system. When appropriate they refer victim to outside agency support groups as well as of the Ohio Attorney General's Victims of Crime reparation fund.
Detective Lieutenant Steven Brown
Members of this unit are responsible for the safe movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic throughout the City. They are often involved in traffic surveys and make recommendations for safe movement. Accident investigation follow ups are handled by this unit as well as investigation of all serious, fatal and potentially fatal accidents. Additionally, the Motorcycle Unit operates under the commander of the Traffic Bureau.
Corporal Doug Woods
Members of this unit maintain current and past department records. They coordinate case files for the Municipal and County court systems. This involves Journal entries for charges brought as well as disposition of criminal and traffic court cases. They also archive records as directed by the Records Retention guidelines of the Ohio Historical Society.
Our center is manned 24 hours a day. These highly trained communications officers handle over 10,000 calls for service every year. They dispatch for both Police and Fire Departments and are Emergency Medical Dispatchers. This center is the first point of contact with the Police and Fire Departments. As such they play a critical role in acquiring and dispatching information to those in the field.
Lieutenant Christopher Sonnhalter
Community Operations Bureau
Members of this unit, promote the Department's mission and values. They conduct community education seminars and develop programs and strategies to reduce crime in the city. Members oversee the Neighborhood Watch program and resolve incidents that affect the safety and tranquility of the community.
Lieutenant Rodney Leonard
Auxiliary Police Unit
This unit acts in a support mission for the Uniform and Traffic units. They are available for traffic control assistance and emergency weather related situations. This unit consists of all volunteer members who wish to contribute to the safety of the community. Their commitment makes possible to double the manpower of the police department in emergency situations and their efforts are deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged.
Captain Douglas Suydam
We are a 12 day facility with 8 cells, 2 detox cells and 2 holding cells. The jail has mandated standards regulated by the state of Ohio bureau of Adult Detention. We do not house juvenile offenders. The jail population is a mix of offenders waiting to post bond, warrant pick up from other jurisdictions and misdemeanor sentences from Lyndhurst Municipal court.
Jail Officer Trent Parker
Juvenile status offenders (non-violent offenders) are offered to participate in our diversion program in hopes of rehabilitation and service to the community. Violent juvenile offenders are transported to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center intake. Juvenile Diversion hearings are held in our station and are presided over by a magistrate. The Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court sanctions and funds this program.
Sergeant Tony Mele
The bike unit is manned by the Uniform Division during the spring, summer and fall. We encourage interaction between members of this unit and the public. This unit also promotes bicycle safety and helmet use. Bicycle rodeos are occasionally scheduled with free safety checks for participants.
Lieutenant Rodney Leonard
School Resource Officers
The goal of an SRO is of creating and maintaining safe, secure, and orderly learning environments for students, teachers, and staff. They are law-related counselors who provide guidance on law-related issues to students and act as a link to support services both inside and outside the school environment. Beyond these identified roles and perhaps most importantly, SROs are positive role models for many students who are not exposed to such role models in today's society. Their presence in the schools sends a strong message that violence is not acceptable. Mayfield Middle School
SRO Alvin Schmitt
Lander Elementary School
SRO Robert Bandelow
Suburban Police Anti-Crime Network (S.P.A.N.)
This unit is comprised of members from the following 6 Hillcrest Police Departments:
These members are highly trained and skilled in their assignments which follow:
Special Weapons and Tactics
S.P.A.N. Drug Enforcement Unit
This unit was established in 2012 with the cooperation of all SPAN communities to reduce the proliferation of illegal drugs in our communities. To report suspected drug activity, you can send an email or call our anonymous tip-line at 216-317-1101.