The Westlake Police Department organizes our efforts under the jurisdiction of 17 distinct department divisions ranging from Animal Control, to Dispatchers, to Narcotics Investigation. Each of our outstanding divisions is led by our trained officers and employs the resources needed to efficiently and effectively manage these areas of service. Together, each of these divisions does its part to make Westlake the safe, thriving and desirable community that we enjoy today.
Sgt. Mittelstaedt at the Practice Range
  1. Accident Investigation

    The Accident Investigation Unit (AIU) is comprised of 5 police officers trained in motor vehicle accident investigation, 3 of whom are accident reconstructionists.

  2. Animal Control

    The Westlake animal control officer manages all issues related to animals, from public education regarding ordinances and laws, to citizen complaints about invasive animals.

  3. Auxiliary Police Unit

    Volunteer service to the community has its rewards—and those rewards are the drive behind the Westlake Auxiliary Police Unit.

  4. Bicycle Patrol Unit

    Out of the car and onto the streets, Westlake Police Department’s Bicycle Patrol Unit reaches areas where a patrol car cannot and allows for interaction with residents in an up-close and personal way.

  5. City Jail

    Operated by the Police Department, the Westlake City Jail detains prisoners after being arrested either to post bond or be arraigned, while they await a preliminary hearing, or to serve a sentence imposed by The Rocky River Municipal Court.

  6. Community Service Officers

    Community Service Officers (CSOs) provide support to the Patrol Division, managing duties such as auto lockouts, child seat inspections, bailiff duty, and directing traffic at accidents or during power outages.

  7. Computer Forensics

    The department has the capability to examine computer equipment and cell phones to recover deleted or erased data when looking for evidence of involvement in crime.

  8. DARE & Youth Services

    Westlake Police Department administers Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) using uniformed officers to deliver key prevention messages to students in elementary through high school.

  9. Detective Bureau

    Westlake Police Department’s Detective Bureau is responsible for the investigation of all felony and serious misdemeanor crimes with the intent to bring the violator before a court of law and recover stolen property.

  10. Dispatchers

    Dispatchers for the Westlake Police Department serve as the vital link between citizens and public safety agencies, handling routine and emergency calls 24/7.

  11. Hazardous Devices Unit (Bomb Squad)

    One officer from each of the Police Departments in the Westshore communities of Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River serve as bomb technicians for the Hazardous Devices Unit.

  12. K-9 Unit

    Chico performs dual roles: He can sniff out drugs and paraphernalia as well as apprehend criminals, all for the price of a good game of fetch.

  13. Motorcycle Patrol

    The addition of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle to the Westlake Police Department fleet gives our capable officers even greater flexibility in the field.

  14. Narcotics Investigation

    Westlake Police Department’s aggressive and pro-active narcotics enforcement program is targeted at those who traffic illegal drugs in Westlake.

  15. Patrol

    Westlake Police Department’s Patrol Division provides police services to the public 24/7, 365-days-a-year. Uniformed officers in marked vehicles deter crime by random and directed observation of all areas of the city.

  16. Records Room

    Three secretaries handle the workload in the Records Room, doing record checks, preparing court paperwork and entering all information obtained by the police officers into a computer network that can be reached both statewide and nationally.

  17. School Resource Officers

    The Westlake Police Department maintains a high level of visibility in the school community.

  18. SWAT

    Officers from the Police Departments from the Westshore communities of Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, and Rocky River make up the Westshore Enforcement Bureau Task Force.