School Crossing Guards
Special Response Team
The Norwalk Police Department
K-9 unit was started in 2004 by Officer Dave Ditz and donations from several area businesses for the purchase of K-9 Fazo.
Through the course of Fazo's career, he went through rigorous training with two different handlers as well as his weekly training.
Office Dave Pigman took over K-9 duties when Officer Ditz was on military
deployment In the fall of 2008 K-9 Fazo retired.
In the fall of 2008, Officer Timothy Skinner and K-9 Viper were added to the K-9 unit. K-9 Viper was bred at North Coast K-9 in Monroeville, Ohio. Nick and Tammy Blackford generously contributed countless hours of training for K-9 Viper. North Coast K-9 works closely with numerous law enforcement agencies.
In 2010, Officer Jared Ferris took over as Viper's handler. Officer Ferris and Viper are trained to detect the most common narcotics, track suspects, as well as perform article and building searches.
The K-9 unit assists with school searches, service of search warrants, and narcotic sweeps of correctional facilities. The K-9 unit assists other local law enforcement agencies, including the Ohio State Highway Patrol Norwalk Post, Huron County Sheriff's Office, Erie County Sheriff's Office, and the Monroeville, Wakeman, and Huron Police Departments.
K-9 Viper interacts with children during demonstrations at local elementary and middle schools and participates in demonstrations for city functions and numerous civic organizations.
Officer Ferris takes K-9 Viper home at the end of his shift and the dog becomes part of the family. In addition to scheduled shifts, K-9 Viper is on call 24 hours a day and is ready to respond to any call. Officer Ferris and K-9 Viper are a part of the Norwalk Police Department Special Response Team.
The Detective Bureau is staffed with three
full-time officers - a juvenile officer, general assignment detective,
and drug enforcement detective. Other officers may be temporarily assigned. Officers
assigned to the detective bureau are selected on the basis of skills, ability, knowledge,
and expertise in interviewing, analytical thinking, and other traits necessary to carry out the
responsibilities of the positions. The officers investigate crimes ranging from
home invasion to drug offenses.
The Norwalk Police Department is a member of
the METRICH Enforcement Unit.
The detective bureau works with other members of the unit in a cooperative
and concentrated effort to reduce Ohio's drug supply.
Detective Sergeant Jim Fulton
Detective Sergeant Seth Fry
Detective Dave Daniels
The Norwalk Police Department Honor Guard was established in 1995. The
unit provides graveside services for fallen officers as well as
participating in ceremonies for memorial services and special events. For information on the unit, please contact
Captain Mike Conney at (419) 668-3311.
Captain Michael Conney
Sergeant Tom Cook
Sergeant Jim Fulton
Sergeant Jim Montana
Officer David Ditz
Officer Dave Daniels
Officer Dave Daniels is currently assigned to the
Juvenile Unit. He is responsible for attending to youth-related issues and
problems, maintaining close liaison with agencies and organizations interested
in juvenile matters, including Huron County Job & Family Services, Huron County Juvenile Court, and the Huron County Juvenile Prosecutor's Office.
The juvenile officer is also responsible for designing and implementing programs intended to prevent and control juvenile offenses and providing resources for juvenile cases within the department. Programs such as Safety Town, D.A.R.E, and regular visits to local schools have a positive impact on the children of our community.
The City of Norwalk currently employs seven reserve officers. These officers
serve a vital function in the Norwalk Police Department. Duties of reserve officers include working with full-time officers and civilians in the performance of
their duties; supplementing available personnel during emergencies; working designated special
details, and any other activities assigned by the chief of police.
School Crossing Guards
School crossing guards are employed by the police department.
They are responsible for assisting children in crossing streets on their way
to school. Crossing guards are posted at five different intersection in
town, before and after school. The
work involves considerable responsibility and attention to details of pedestrian and vehicular safety.
Special Response Team
The primary purpose of the Special Response Team (SRT) is to provide a specialized rapid response to critical incidents. The team was founded in 1994 and currently
has eight members.
The team has responded to and helped safely resolve many critical incidents, including high risk search warrants and barricaded suspects.
Captain Michael Conney - Team Commander
Sergeant Tom Cook - Team Leader
Sergeant Jim Fulton - Team Leader
Officer Jared Ferris & K-9 Viper
Officer Chris Kelley - Operator
Officer Dave Daniels - Operator
Officer Paul Gardner - Operator
Officer Zach O'Neil - Operator
Officer Jonathan Crabill - Operator
Department, Chief David Light
37 N. Linwood Avenue, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
419-668-3311 ph 419-668-0345 fax