John A. Elek
The North Royalton
Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief John Elek, operates
around-the-clock with full-time police officers, dispatchers and other
support personnel. In addition, state certified corrections officers run
the full-service jail facility, offsetting operating costs by
contracting with other agencies to house their prisoners.
The detective bureau is staffed with full-time investigators, including
a division specifically devoted to juvenile crime investigation and
prevention. This five member branch of the bureau is involved with
youngsters on many levels; working with students on far-reaching issues,
such as the risks involved in substance abuse, resisting peer pressure,
and developing good decision-making skills to help them in their life
journeys. These officers accompany classes on out-of-town field trips to
the Mohican School of the Outdoors, Washington, D.C. and Toronto,
Canada. In addition, , in a co-operative effort with the city schools,
the police department maintains a School Resource Officer on the
premises of the high school/middle school campus to assist with student
counseling, truancy, security, traffic and any other issues that arise
during the school day.
A traffic division is primarily responsible for traffic law enforcement
and safety through the use of motorcycles and minimally marked cars.
They also are involved in teaching safety programs, including third
grade seat belt classes, government classes, Safety Town and
participating in career days at the schools.
For tactical operations and large-scale manpower needs, the department
turns to the Southwest Enforcement Bureau. Along with seventeen other
cities, we participate in intensive training exercises and pool
resources and manpower for more efficient use of limited tax money.
Our animal control division is available on a full-time basis for the
enforcement of animal related ordinances, adoptive services for
abandoned animals, education for residents of all ages and
rehabilitation of wildlife.
Along with the traditional police function, the department plays an
active role in many community oriented programs, including in-home
security surveys, block watch, kindergarten screening and
fingerprinting, career days, government classes and drug awareness
education for parents and teachers. The department also has a Reserve
Officer program with volunteers that patrol city parks and other areas
and assist sworn officers with traffic control and carry out other
duties as needed. The members of the Reserves sponsor local sports
teams, underwrite scholarships to local high school students, purchase
supplies for Safety Town and D.A.R.E. and make donations to other local
organizations and charities.
The North Royalton Police Department prides itself on it responsiveness
to the ever-changing needs of its citizens and on the many cooperative
efforts undertaken with the community to ensure the safety and security
of the residents.
Ohio State Highway Patrol
BMV - Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Ohio Revised Code and other Legal Resources
Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Prevention
Ohio Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
Child Abuse: Statistics,
Research, and Resources