Established in 1921, Cleveland Metroparks Police Department is the law enforcement branch of Cleveland Metroparks. The department's primary objective is to provide a safe and accessible environment for the Park District's visitors. The Police Department's jurisdiction comprises more than 25,000 acres of land, 100 miles of connecting parkways and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.
Cleveland Metroparks police are state-certified law enforcement officers who exercise full police powers in the commission of their duties. Police are on duty 24-hours a day, year-round, patrolling parklands on foot, in vehicles, on horseback, and on bicycles. Cleveland Metroparks Police Headquarters, located in Fairview Park, Ohio, dispatches the department's officers from field offices positioned throughout the Park District.
Cleveland Metroparks Police - Mission
Providing superior service and law enforcement through proactive, innovative, and unbiased practices.
Cleveland Metroparks Police Core Values
The Police Training Center is located in Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. Dedicated on May 14, 2009 the Center provides ample space for state required police training as well as classroom settings for meetings and conferences for all Park District employees.
Law Enforcement Accreditation
The Cleveland Metroparks Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
The department uses the CALEA process as a guide to ensure the overall quality of operations. The process helps the agency ensure that quality and comprehensive policies are in place, that appropriate reports are compiled to assist leadership in decision-making, and that regular quality checks are conducted on agency operations.
Police continually use the standards provided by CALEA to evaluate internal operations in pursuit of continual improvement to enhance public safety services for the Park District.