For optimum service to visitors, rangers are deployed in specialized divisions listed below. Rangers also promote safety and crime prevention at public relations events throughout the Park District and local communities.
Bike Patrol Team | Communications Unit | Detective Bureau | Dive Team
Field Operations | Honor Guard | K-9 Unit | Mounted Unit
Bike Patrol Team
During the spring, summer, and fall, a team of certified police mountain bike rangers patrol the Park District. The bicycles allow rangers to patrol off-road areas that are not easily accessible in a cruiser. In addition to enhancing the department's patrol efforts, the bicycle is a pollution-free vehicle that demonstrates the Park District's commitment to conserving natural resources.
Being a Bike Patrol ranger requires concentration, agility, and physical conditioning. Members complete forty hours of rigorous training. They must demonstrate proficiency in a series of riding skills, including balance, controlled skids, curb jumping, riding stairs, and suspect apprehension. The certification course also includes a long endurance ride with steep hill climbs.
Bike Patrol Team rangers also participate in public relations events throughout the Park District and local communities, to remind visitors about bicycle laws and safety.
The Communications Center operates 24-hours a day, year-round, to ensure that important communications are relayed to rangers. Dispatchers transmit information to rangers throughout the Park District concerning crimes-in-progress, accidents, injuries, and traffic-related problems. Each year, the Communications Center receives approximately 50,000 incoming telephone calls, and dispatches rangers on nearly 10,000 calls for service. Dispatchers prioritize calls as emergency, service, or informational in nature.
These dedicated members of the Ranger Department see that visitors receive prompt care for emergencies, a fast response to calls for assistance, and a friendly answer to informational inquiries.
The Detective Bureau investigates serious crimes and suspicious incidents that occur in the Park District. Detectives work closely with other rangers and law enforcement agencies to solve cases. The Juvenile Unit, a branch of the Detective Bureau, processes crimes through the juvenile justice system. The Bureau's experienced detectives also instruct local police officers in the techniques of evidence collection and crime scene management.
The Dive Team responds to water-related emergencies and evidence recoveries in the Park District and surrounding communities. Dive Team rangers are nationally-certified dive rescue specialists and underwater evidence technicians. A support crew is also professionally trained in a variety of disciplines, including crime scene management and underwater search patterns.
Dive Team rangers also conduct boat safety inspections, and promote water safety at public relations events throughout the Park District and local communities.
Field Operations Division
The Field Operations Division is tasked with protecting the Park District's natural resources, visitors, employees, and facilities. The uniformed rangers of the Field Operations Division patrol by foot, bicycle and in marked cruisers 24-hours a day, year-round, to ensure the safety and protection of Cleveland Metroparks. They respond to emergencies and calls for service, investigate crimes and complaints, and enforce state laws and Park District regulations.
The Honor Guard represents the Park District and Ranger Department at memorial services, funerals, parades, opening ceremonies, special events, and official meetings. The dedicated and professional rangers of the Honor Guard train throughout the year, and have participated in events including Cleveland's Saint Patrick's Day Parade, the Gold Cup Horse Show, and the Greater Cleveland and Ohio Peace Officer Memorial ceremonies.
The Ranger Department's state and nationally-certified police canines, Chase, Rico, Gambit, and Logan, are used to locate missing persons, apprehend fleeing suspects, and detect illegal drugs in the Park District. K-9 Unit rangers continuously update their skills by participating in weekly regional training exercises, statewide instruction, and national training conferences. The K-9 Unit is very successful, and often called upon to assist other local law enforcement agencies.
Read more about the K-9 Unit
The Mounted Unit was established in 1921, to meet the Park District's special law enforcement needs. With nearly 23,000 acres of land, and hundreds of miles of trails, the Mounted Unit is essential to the protection and safety of Cleveland Metroparks. The Mounted Unit is highly-regarded throughout Northeast Ohio, and has received many professional awards. The Mounted Unit has represented Ohio law enforcement in two presidential inaugural parades.
Donations to the Ranger Department Mounted Unit Fund are a unique way for individuals and organizations to support Mounted Unit rangers and their horses. Click here for more information.