VISION, VALUES AND MISSION
The vision of the Chardon Police Department is to be regarded by our community, and our peers, as a professional, proactive, and leading law enforcement agency within Geauga County, and throughout the State of Ohio. We will demonstrate our commitment to excellence by meeting the highest nationally recognized standards for law enforcement. We will be progressive and proactive in our work with the community in order to provide quality service in concert with our core values; and guided by principles of service, justice, and fundamental fairness.
The Chardon Police Department is committed to providing professional and ethical police services in partnership with the community to promote public safety and the well-being of our residents, business owners, and guests. We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics. We are guided by our core values and principles of service, justice, and fundamental fairness.
The Department is led by Wm. Scott Niehus, Chief of Police. It is comprised of 12 full-time & 6 Part-time Police Officers, 4 Full-time and 6 part-time dispatchers, and 3 civilian support staff. The majority of officers are assigned as patrol officers, and they respond to all calls for service, conduct investigations, enforce city ordinances, and conduct patrols.
Police Officers are involved in:
- Basic Patrol
- Bicycle Patrol
- Evidence Technicians
- FTO Program
The majority of the sworn officers are patrol officers, and each officer is assigned duties and responsibilities that are important to the successful operation of the police department. Patrol duties are the backbone of the Chardon Police Department. The officers are the most visible to the citizens and visitors of the City of Chardon, and are on patrol 7 days a week and 24 hours a day. Currently, the basic patrol officers are working 12 hour shifts, on a rotation that schedules them to work 7 days - or 84 hours ever 2 weeks. The officers handle all initial criminal investigations reported to the police department, traffic accidents and enforcement, and patrol response to non-criminal complaints and requests for police service. They also handle traffic enforcement duties. Community policing concepts are also employed by patrol officers in attempt to solve problems and prevent the opportunity for criminal activity.