Address

Address: 5661 Perkins Road,
Bedford Heights, Ohio 44146

Phone Number: 440-786-3200

Police Department

MICHAEL MAROTTA, CHIEF OF POLICE - (440) 786-3259

Phone Numbers  
Emergency 911
Non-emergency 440-439-1234
Police Department Fax 440-786-3279
***TTD (for hearing impaired) 440-786-3270
Chief of Police Michael Marotta 440-786-3259
Assistant Chief Dave Leonardi 440-786-3259
Officer In Charge (Lt David Lee [Day]) 440-786-3258
Detective Glenn Daniels 440-786-3264
Detective Frankie Reed 440-786-3265
Detective Ericka Payne 440-786-3266
Clerk of Courts (Kathy Leggett) 440-786-3280


Overview

The City of Bedford Heights Division of Police provides 24-hour per day professional law enforcement and public safety for our City under the direction of Chief of Police Michael Marotta.

The Bedford Heights Division of Police is a progressive agency dedicated to providing high quality professional police service to the community. When fully staffed, the division employs 37 full-time police officers, 40 auxiliary police officers, a corrections staff of 49, and a civilian support staff of 24. Many exciting career opportunities exist for dedicated individuals.

We view the Bedford Heights Division of Police as being the leader in the community for the detection and prevention of crime. We envision every employee being in partnership with members of the community, community leaders, and surrounding communities to make Bedford Heights a safe place to live and work. To accomplish this, we have adopted modern policing strategies such as Community Policing, D.A.R.E., Teen Court, as well as community-based educational programs.

It is the mission of the Bedford Heights Division of Police, working in partnership with the community, to provide a high level of service through law enforcement, as well as the protection of life, property, and the constitutional rights of those we serve.

Prescription Drug (pills only) Drop Off
Record Checks
Senior Keys for Safety Program

Important Numbers's To Remember

In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1. Our Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day. Calls of a non-emergency nature should be directed to 440-439-1234. Calls regarding community policing activities and programs should be referred to our community policing officer’s voice mail number, 440-786-3221. Questions regarding community activities, school closings, or other non-police related issues should be made to the appropriate department or city hall at 440-786-3200. Inquiries concerning traffic citations or other court related questions should be directed to the Bedford Heights Clerk of Courts at 440-786-3280 during normal business hours.

Generally speaking, the city does not have control over utility companies and other external vendors we call upon for service. In the event of a power outage that appears to be neighborhood-wide, we ask that you remain calm and only contact the police division in the event of a life-threatening emergency. We're aware of the problem prior to you even making the call.

False Alarm Ordinance

The City of Bedford Heights has enacted an ordinance that encourages responsible alarm use. Codified Ordinance 525.171 defines false alarms as “an emergency alarm activated by inadvertence, negligence, or unintentional acts to which the Division of Police or Fire responds.”

The following are NOT included:

  • Malfunctions due to telephone lines
  • Malfunctions due to interruption of electric service
  • Acts of God (i.e. wind, rain, thunder, earthquake, etc.)
  • An attempted illegal entry where there is visible evidence of attempt
  • User acting under sincere belief that an emergency existed

Business users are afforded two (2) warnings per calendar year before a charge of fifty dollars ($50) is imposed for the third false alarm and any subsequent false alarms.

Official record of false alarm calls will be documented through the computerized automated dispatch system of the Division of Police. Multiple alarms received by the Police and Fire Dispatch Center before the system can be deactivated within a reasonable period of time shall be considered a single alarm. You are advised to cancel all alarms that don’t need emergency response as soon as possible.

Program coordinator, Ptl. Ryan Kaetzel, is available to answer any questions or provide technical assistance. He can be reached at 440-786-3222.

Loose Loads

Businesses that transport bulk materials such as stones, gravel, or other similar material in closed or open trailers should familiarize themselves with Codified Ordinances 339.08 and 339.09 which address the manner in which these materials are to be secured while in transit. Any dropped loads, including the tracking of mud onto the public roadways, shall be the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle from which the load escaped.

In addition to any lawful requirements of load distribution, no vehicles should be operated upon a street or highway unless is so laden as to prevent its contents from shifting or otherwise unbalancing the vehicle to such an extent as to interfere with the safe operation of same.

Snow Plow Permits

All contractors providing snow removal services within the City of Bedford Heights are required to have a snow plow permit. Applicants must provide current Bond Insurance that has to be approved by the city’s law director before a snow plow permit is issued. All applicants must first submit a completed application along with current bond insurance to the records department for processing. Once the bond insurance has been approved by the law director, the applicant will be able to obtain a snow plow permit. This process may take up to 72 hours to complete.

Abandoned Junk Vehicles

Codified Ordinance # 303.09 restricts the placement, standing or parking of a junk vehicle upon any private property for a period in excess of seventy-two hours. In short, any junk vehicle left abandoned on any private property after seventy-two hours shall be subject to removal or impoundment by towing or other means (“junk vehicle” is defined as any motor vehicle meeting the requirements of Ohio R.C. 4513.63(B) to (E). A full text copy of this and any other ordinance is available through the Bedford Heights Clerk of Council Office by calling 440-786-3220.

Temporary Signs

Codified Ordinance 503.03 specifies the manner and duration by which a “temporary sign” may be displayed. “Temporary sign” is defined as “any sign made of lightweight wood and cardboard, wire frame and plastic or other similar materials having a tendency to deteriorate in a short period of time generally pertaining to special occurrences or one-time events…” The full text version of this ordinance is available through the Clerk of Council Office located at City Hall.

Noise Pollution Control

The City of Bedford Heights has enacted Chapter 511 of the Codified Ordinances which is designed to protect, preserve, and promote the health, safety, welfare, peace and quiet of the citizens of Bedford Heights through the reduction, control and prevention of loud and raucous noise, or any noise which unreasonably disturbs, injures or endangers the comfort, repose, health, peace or safety of reasonable persons of ordinary sensitivity. Codified Ordinance 511.06 defines prohibited noises and exemptions as well as enforcement remedies available to the City.

Police Reports 

Copies of police reports (including accidents) are available using the Report Search function at any time.  Reports are also available upon request at the Police Department's Records Division (5661 Perkins Road) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am until 3:00 pm.  Currently, there is no fee for copies of reports 4 pages or less.  Reports that exceed 4 pages will be assessed a fee according to the fee schedule established by local ordinances.  Please be advised that active case reports may not be available if the incident is still under investigation or still pending in the courts.  We will endeavor to have copies of reports available within a reasonable period of time.

Animal Warden

For general animal complaints, call the police department's non-emergency line, 440-786-3222.
How Can I Help the Police Department?
Notify the police department immediately anytime you see any suspicious activity. Try to obtain an accurate description of the subjects along with any vehicles involved. We would rather respond to a call and find it to be unfounded than to learn later that a crime had occurred.
Also, be certain that the address of your business is clearly marked and visible from the street. This aids our officers and greatly reduces response times in an emergency.
The 35 members of the Police Department serve both the residents and businesses of the City. The Police Department has at least four officers scheduled on duty per shift. The Police Department has several programs to assist businesses in the community. Officers who work in the Detective Bureau may assist businesses with any crimes to property or persons, including check forgery. As an additional service, businesses may connect an alarm system directly to the Police Department dispatch. The City also participates in the C.O.P.S. Grant Program that brings police officers into the community on a daily basis. The Department is a member of S.E.A.L.E. (Southeast Area Law Enforcement) Bomb Squad and SWAT Team. These employees are fully trained with state-of-the-art equipment available 24 hours per day. The dispatch center is equipped with an enhanced "911" C.A.D. (Computer Aided Dispatch) system, which will allow for a faster response time than the prior average of three minutes per call.

All department cruisers are equipped with laptops to expedite information for full efficiency within the community.

Auxiliary Police

The City's Auxiliary Police program has received national recognition as one of America's Best Practices by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2004. The City established the Auxiliary Program in 1999 under former Mayor Debora Mallin and Council. Originally, Council approved a 10 person force but soon recognized the program's ability to compliment the Police force and enable them to work "smarter instead of harder" and extended the number of positions to 40.

Auxiliaries supplement our regular police force and assist in routine non-emergency police work. Applicants for Auxiliary positions must be 21 years of age and complete the in-house training of about 20 hours of classroom work and 24 hours with a field training officer. The City provides the uniform and equipment as well as basic training for successful applicants. For more information contact Sergeant Dave Lee, Program Liaison. The City of Bedford Heights is an equal opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

DO NOT attempt to personally apprehend anyone you suspect to be engaging in criminal activity. Always call the police and let them handle the situation.

Children Safety
Children should always be with (or within the supervision of) a responsible adult. In the event you need to leave your child with a baby sitter or child care provider, be very sure you are fully aware of the caregiver's background and credentials. Child abuse/neglect should be referred to 216-696-KIDS (216-696-5437). Responsible parents should be sure to inform baby sitters of:

1. Child’s habits or problems - such as allergies, temper tantrums, fears, etc.
2. Play areas - what is off limits and what is allowed
3. House rules - visitors, TV, stereo, telephone and bedtime
4. Meals and snacks - what can be eaten and when
5. Names and nicknames - for the child's comfort
6. Activities or games
7. Written medication instructions - amounts, times, limits
8. Emergency phone numbers - where to reach parent, ambulance, fire department, doctor, poison control center, hospital, police department, preferred neighbor

Program - Car Seat Safety

It is frightening to note the statistics that four out of every five children are buckled in safety car seats improperly. With the many various types of vehicles and brands of car seats, it should not be surprising that generic direction sheets my not give the best advice. Therefore, our officers from both the City Police and Fire Departments have taken special training to be able to keep your most precious cargo safe; your child. Contact the police department to see when the next checkpoint will be hosted or how you might schedule some personal instruction on this issue.

Daytime Curfew

Codified Ordinance Chapter 535 addresses that compulsory school age children are mandated to attend at school. Should children ages 6 -17 inclusive not be in school or parental supervision while school is in session, they are subject to the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court as an unruly child. Each parent or legal guardian of a child between the ages of six and seventeen hosts a duty to prohibit their child from behaving contrary to this mandate. School age children must have written proof from school authorities to be exempt from this legislation. Per Ordinance 99-041, parents of children in violation are subject to a minor misdemeanor for a first offense, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree for the second offense and as a misdemeanor of the first degree for additional offenses.

Evening Curfew - Minor's Curfew

1. No minor under the age of sixteen years shall loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground or other public place, public building, place of amusement, recreation or entertainment, vacant lot or other unsupervised place between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day.

2. No minor under the age of eighteen years shall loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play in or upon any public street, highway, road, alley, park, playground or other public ground, public place, public building, place of amusement, recreation or entertainment, vacant lot or other unsupervised place between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. of the following day on Friday or Saturday or between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day on Sunday through and including Thursday.

3. The provisions of subsections (a) and (b) hereof do not apply to a minor accompanied by his parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor, or to a minor upon an emergency errand or legitimate business as directed by his parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor.

4. No parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor under the age of eighteen years shall knowingly permit such minor to violate any of the provisions of this section.

5. Minors violating any of the provisions of this section shall be dealt with in accordance with Juvenile Court law and procedure.

Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the forth degree. Each violation shall be deemed a separate offense. (Ord. 11-70. Passed 5-3-77)

Amber Alert

The City of Bedford Heights joined the statewide Amber Alert Initiative to expedite communication and cooperation within agencies and the media to quickly disseminate information to assist an abducted child.

The AMBER Alert can only be activated by the local law enforcement agency. The Northern Ohio AMBER Alert covers all communities reached by all broadcast stations that are locally participating in the plan. Before activation, the following criteria must be met:

1. Child is under 18 years of age.
2. Credible information that the child was forcibly or intentionally removed or lured away from their location and remains missing
3. The law enforcement agency believes the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death.
4. There is enough descriptive information about the child and/or alleged abductor(s) and/or alleged abductor(s)' vehicle to believe an immediate broadcast alert will help.

The program does not cover missing children believed to have run away from home, taken by a non-custodial relative in a custody case or missing more than 24 hours.

Kid Care I.D.

This program provides the family with a packet of useful information of what they would need to know should their child ever be abducted or otherwise missing. Police Department representatives will help fingerprint children for parental safekeeping. There is no cost for this service. In that fingerprints are individual and yet specific to a person, early printing provides a long lasting record of identity. Contact the Police Department for how you can acquire personal records for your child.

Bike Helmets

The wearing of bike helmets is recommended for rider safety. As part of a coalition with Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, the Police Department sells Bell Bicycle Helmets in sizes toddler to adult at manufacturers cost. Contact Community Officer Dennis Jezior for more information.

Vacation House Watch

If residents would like to have the Police Department check on their house while they are away on vacation, they should call the non-emergency police number (440.786.3222) prior to their departure and ask the dispatcher to complete a house watch form. Officers will keep an eye on the home on a random but regular basis until they receive a call confirming your return.

Parking Regulations

Parking on the streets is prohibited. Exceptions may be made for emergencies, driveway construction or similar situations only after the resident calls dispatch at 440-786-3222 and gets temporary approval. All vehicles given permission to park in the street must not block driveways and sidewalks and must not limit access to fire hydrants and/or driveways.

Motor vehicles must be parked on a designated driveway and are prohibited from being parked on the lawn and unpaved areas. Unlicensed, expired and inoperable "junk" motor vehicles may not be parked on residents' property unless they are enclosed in a garage.

Gun Safety

The City’s gun safety program is designed to promote the co-existence of gun ownership and public safety. Project L.O.C.K. hosts four components; one for each letter of its name. The first is Legislation that states that if you own a gun you must have a lock on it to assure that it will not misfire, under penalty of the law. Opportunity to acquire a free gun lock to make compliance easy for everyone is also part of the City's service. Community classrooms are available at the Police Department for adults who own weapons to learn how to handle weapons safely. Further, Kid's education, modeled after behavior modification curriculums such as D.A.R.E., teaches kids to respond and react if they discover a gun while playing or at home and how to remove themselves from such a scenario.

Contact the Police Department if this initiative will be of service to you.

Senior Citizens Academy

The Bedford Heights Senior Citizens Police Academy was twice nationally awarded a Best Practice Program by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, in 2001 for Hard to Serve Populations and 2004 in Reinforcing Community Trust. This 10-week classroom initiative provides an opportunity for senior citizen class participants to enhance their personal awareness and security, specifically as challenges the aging citizens. Beyond themes of citizenship, first aid and self defense, participants gain savvy to protect themselves and others against scams and issues such as identity theft.

Program completion is marked with a graduation program as well as elective special opportunities such as selecting a program officer to host a "ride along". This program has been credited for improved community relations, both officer to senior as well as senior to fellow senior. Graduates have often utilized energy resultant from this experience to get more active in volunteer service. Interested persons can contact Ptl. Dennis Jezior, 440.786.3222.

Law Department

ROSS CIRINCIONE, ESQUIRE, LAW DIRECTOR - (440) 786-3229

Ross Cirincione, who served the City of Bedford Heights for many years as Building Prosecutor and special counsel for the Charter Review Commission, presently serves as Law Director and Prosecutor. Mr. Cirincione previously served as Director of Law, Assistant Director of Law and Prosecutor for the City of Warrensville Heights, and as special counsel for the City of Euclid (Municipal Center Investigation), the City of Brecksville Charter Review Commission, and the Village of Oakwood Charter Review Commission. He also served as Prosecutor for the Village of Bentleyville

The Law Department is assisted by the law firm of Zashin & Rich, Ernst & Young Tower, 950 Main Avenue 4th Floor, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, which serves as the city's Labor Counsel and negotiates the city's collective bargaining union contracts headed up by Jon M. Dileno, Attorney-at-Law.

The Law Department has an office at Bedford Heights City Hall, (440) 786-3229 (phone), (440) 786-3242 (fax). Eva Crail, (440) 786-3213 (phone), serves as the city's Legal Secretary and Secretary to the Civil Service Commission.

The Law Department writes all city legislation and reviews city contracts, policies and procedures, and public records requests. The Law Department represents the city for criminal misdemeanors in Bedford Municipal Court including appeals cases, represents the city in litigation and renders legal advice to the Mayor and Council, city employees, directors, boards and commissions. The Law Director attends City Council meetings and other meetings as requested by the Mayor and Council.

Housing Department

CHERYL DILLINGHAM, HOUSING COORDINATOR - (440) 786-3244

Legal Notice "Bedford Heights Lots FOR SALE" ORC 721.28
 
 
Residential Tax Rate Chart - 2016 due in 2017
Senior and Adult Services - Cuyahoga County
Severe Weather Preparation and Recovery Toolkit

 
Foreclosure Prevention Information

A foreclosure occurs when a property owner cannot make principal and/or interest payments on his/her loan, typically leading to the property being seized and sold.

Ohio performs its foreclosures judicially. Specifically the County Court of Common Pleas have jurisdiction for the filing of a foreclosure complaint. There are eleven (11) separate steps to the foreclosure process in Ohio.

They are:

1.Breach letter;
2.Complaint to foreclose;
3.Title Report
4.Judgment Decree
5.Praecipe ( order of sale)
6.Appraisal by three disinterested freeholders
7.Newspaper Publication
8.Foreclosure Sale
9.Motion to Confirm the Sale
10.Confirmation Hearing
11.Sheriff’s Deed.

DEFERRED HOUSING REHABILITATION LOAN PROGRAM FOR SENIORS
DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
HOME WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
THE FORECLOSURE PROCESS
HOW TO SAVE YOUR HOME FROM FORECLOSURE
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Fire

Winter Safety - Winter Storms


PLEASE TAKE NOTE

History
In July of 1962, Ordinance #62-73 under the direction of Mayor Robert E. Willeford established a full-time Division of Fire under the Department of Public Safety. On January 1, 1963 the Division of Fire began serving the residents of Bedford Heights.

Services
The Division of Fire, which is led by Chief Kenneth Ledford, provides fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services (EMS) to the residents and businesses of Bedford Heights. These services are extended to our neighboring communities on an as needed basis via mutual aid agreements. The division of fire has modern fire fighting equipment and provides two fully functioning advanced life support (ALS) ambulances equipped with the latest equipment, technology, and up to date protocols. All personnel have the ability to conatct Metro Life Flight or University Hospitals Air Ambulance Services if the condition of a patient is critical. Our paramedics have the ability to transport to the following hospitals: Ahuja Medical Center, Bedford Medical Center, Hillcrest Hospital, Marymount Hospital, Metro Health Hospital, and South-Pointe Hospital.

Fire Prevention Bureau
The Fire Prevention Bureau is charged with offering a variety of services to the community; including annual fire/safety inspections of busineses, schools, foster homes, and apartment buildings for fire safety and other potential hazards. Because of privacy considerations, private homes are not included in the annual inspections. The city is fully protected by fire hydrants and has an insurance services office (ISO) of five. If you have any questions regarding fire prevention activities contact Assistant Chief Thomas Spape (440-786-3250).

Business and Residential Services
A lock-box program for both businesses, and homes and that allows only fire-fighters immediate entry into a business or home to investigate fire alarms or medical emergencies. These metal boxes hold entry keys to entry doors and helps prevent the breaking of windows and doors.

Blood Pressure Screening
The Division of Fire offers free blood pressure checks at the fire station between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm, provided we are not out of the station. Before coming to the station we recommend that you call our non-emergency line at 440-439-1214 to confirm someone will be available to assist you.

Recycle Cans to Assist Burns Victims
We know the City of Bedford Heights has a recycling plan, but we still want and need your aluminum cans to help us assist those who have suffered burn injuries. The Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation, Inc. (ACBC) is a non-profit aluminum beferage can recycling program founded by the Northern Ohio Fire-fighters (NOFF) and the Northeast Ohio Fire Chiefs Association (NEOFCA). The program is sponsored by Metro-Health Medical Center of Cleveland, and supported by schools, businesses, residents, and Fire Departments throughout Northeast Ohio.

90% of the ACBC Foundation's income comes from recycled aluminum cans
ACBC's program includes:
Fire safety houses
Camp Phoenix summer and winter camps
Scholarship programs
ACBC also provides rehabilitation, clothing, toys, games, computer and video equipment and other items not covered by insurance.

Residents who would like to assist by donating empty, clean aluminum cans can bring them in plastic garbage bags to the fire station and directly deposit them at the collection post located on the south side of the fire station as you enter the south driveway at the municipal parking lot. Just look for the ACBC sign on the fence and place your cans behind the fence..

Home Fire Prevention Tips

Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven. Always have a lid handy in case of fire. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires. The majority of stovetop fires happen because of unattended cooking. Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Heating is the leading cause of home fires during the winter month of December, January and February.

Smokers should use large, non-tip ashtray and soak butts and ashes before dumping them into a waste basket. Never smoke in bed or when sleepy, intoxicated, or on medication that makes you sleepy. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths and the third leading cause of home fire injuries.

Keep matches and lighters out of reach and sight of children (up high or locked in a cabinet). Children under age six are the most likely to start fires while playing with matches and/or lighters.

Inspect electrical cords to make sure they are not pinched behind furniture, under rugs, or stretched. Replace cords that are cracked, frayed, have broken plugs, or loose connections. Electrical distribution equipment is the fourth leading cause of home fires and deaths and the fifth leading cause of home fire deaths.

Be vigilant when using candles. Keep candles at least one foot away from anything that can burn, and put them out when you leave the room or go to sleep. Over the past decade, the number of candle fires has almost tripled.

Make a home escape plan with your entire family and practice your plan at least twice a year so everyone knows what to do in a fire emergency. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in all sleeping areas. Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarm. If you sleep with bedrooms doors closed, install interconnected alarms in the bedrooms so that when one sounds, they all sound. Test alarms once a month and replace their batteries twice a year, or when an alarm "chirps" to tell you the battery is low. Replace any smoke alarm that is more than 10 years old. Replace smoke alarms that use long-life (10-year) batteries when the alarm chirps or fails to respond to periodic testing. The batteries in these units cannot be replaced. If you must escape through smoke; crawl low on your hands and knees to your exit, keeping your head one to two feet above the floor where the air is cleaner.

For more information, please access the National Fire Protection Association

Safe Grilling
It is against the law in the City of Bedford Heights to use a gas or charcoal grill inside apartments, on apartment balconies, or within 15 feet of any structure housing more than one family. Violators can be cited by the Division of Fire and the building department and fined up to $1,000. Charcoal grills should never be used indoors or in any enclosed area. Burning charcoal gives off carbon monoxide gas that can injure or kill bystanders in areas that are not properly vented. Charcoal lighter fluid should be kept out of the reach of children and should always be used and stored according to the manufacturer's safety instructions. Gasoline should never be used to start a charcoal grill. Gasoline is an explosive liquid that can cause serious injuries or death if ignited. Propane gas grills should always be used outdoors and should be operated and stored in accordance with the manufacturer's safety instructions. The main valve of propane tanks should be shut off in between uses. Parents should always take care to keep their children away from grills, or any other cooking equipment that can cause burn injuries.

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Message from the Mayor

2016 State of the City Address