P: (330) 659-4700

PO Box 191 • 4410 West Streetsboro Road

Richfield, Ohio • 44286

Police

In January 2007, the Board of Trustees signed a contract with the Village of Richfield to provide complete police coverage to the residents in the Township. Dispatching is centrally located within the Village of Richfield Police Department. Police coverage in the Township and the Village of Richfield is three (3) officers on patrol per shift. 

Funding for the contract is by a police levy. The current levy is 3.5 mills and generates approximately $491,590.00 each year in revenue.  The contract expires December 31, 2014.  The 2013 contract amount is $565,557.00 and the 2014 contract amount is $584,226.00.  For the complete contract and agreement, please click here for Resolution #16-2012.

Police Call Statistics for 2010:  11,469 Village of Richfield, 997 Township.  The Township percentage of the total calls for the year is 9%.

Police Call Statistics for 2011:  8,610 Village of Richfield, 1,081 Township.  The Township percentage of the total calls for the year is 11%.

Police Call Statistics for 2012:  9,094 Village of Richfield, 1,251 Township.  The Township percentage of the total calls for the year is 14%.

Police Call Statistics for 2013: 

To follow the Township's current monthly and year to date police statistics, you can click here to view the Richfield Township Police Call Tracking Report. 

 STAFF 

  • Police Chief:  Keith Morgan
  • Three (3) Graduates of the Police Executive Leadership College at Ohio University
  • Three (3) Graduates of the FBI National Academy
  • Seventeen (17) full-time police officers including three (3) patrol sergeants, one (1) detective, one (1) detective sergeant and 1 lieutenant
  • Six (6) full-time dispatchers and five (5) part-time dispatchers
  • K-9 Unit
  • Member of the Metro Swat Team
  • Advance Accident Investigation Unit
  • Animal Warden Service (Village Residents Only)

FACILITY

In April 2002, the police force moved into a new 10,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art police station with expanded jail facilities and a secured evidence room. 

Their mission statement reads, “The men and women of the Richfield Police Department are committed to being a professional and caring organization dedicated to the concepts of personal excellence, continuous improvement, integrity, teamwork and service to our community.  We believe in the dignity of all citizens and desire to protect individual rights.  We aspire to contribute to the quality of life in the community of Richfield by providing efficient law enforcement services.  We take pride in our professional performance and image.”

The police department is also involved in a number of “Community Policing Programs.”  They are:  Safety Town, D.A.R.E., Shop with a Cop, Amber Alerts, and Senior Programs.

HOUSE CHECK OR VACATION WATCH PROGRAM

As a service to the community a Township homeowner may file a request to have their home and property checked regularly or while they are out of town. Please call (330) 659-9500 for more information.

HOW TO CONTACT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 

EMERGENCY CALLS:  911

Fingerprinting:  330-659-9500

Detective Bureau:  330-659-9500

Anonymous Tipline:  330-659-2850

Fax:  330-659-0677 

To obtain police alerts, please call the Police Department to register your smart phone.  Follow the police on twitter:  Twitter@richfieldpolice or Facebook:  Richfield Police Department.  

BE IN THE LOOP! WITH REVERSE ALERT

Register for Reverse Alert (Reverse Alert supports business and residential, telephone landlines, cellular, TTY/TDD, Email and Texting).  This is a service that is capable of warning citiznes of severe threats to health and safety.  Revere Alert is a unique component to the County of Summit emergency Notification and Warning System. 

For more information, visit:  www.reversealert.net

What is Reverse Alert?

Reverse Alert is a unique component to the County of Summit Emergency Notification and Warning System.  The service is capable of warning citizens of severe threats to health and safety by sending emergency messages to email addresses, hearing impaired receiving devices and telephone lines (business lines, cellular phones and home numbers)

When will Reverse Alert be activiated?

Reverse Alert will send you a message in the event a severe threat to health and safety occurs in your community.

Who receives Reverse Alert emergency messages?

All Summit County citizens with published telephone numbers listed in the white pages (business and residential) will receive Reverse Alert emergency messages.  Messages will also be dispatched to citizens who register their communication devices for this unique service.

If I am already listed in the white pages, why register my personal contact information?

The more personal lines of communication you register with Reverse Alert, the more lilkely you are to receive an emergency message in a timely and efficient manner.

How do I register my personal contact information?

To register for Reverse Alert, visit www.reversealert.net

What if my personal contact information changes?

If there is a change to your personal contact information, simply access your Reverse Alert profile and and update your information.

Will my personal contact information be shared with others?

No.  All personal contact information registered in the Reverse Alert system will be protected, kept strictly confidential and will only be used for emergency purposes. 

TO REGISTER: 

Visit www.reversealert.net and register your personal contact information and profile. 

SAVE this log on and profile information for future reference!

Respond to the instructions provided and then,

Begin receiving emergency messages.

 To Learn More About the Village of Richfield Police Department, click here.  The Police Department can be found under "Administration."  

PANHANDLING REGULATIONS Click Here

FIREARMS REGULATIONS AND DEFINITIONS

Firearm regulation is under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Revised Code, §2923.  This section runs from §2923.11 to §2923.24 and listed below the general regulations and definitions.  Residents are encouraged to call the Police Department on 330-659-9500 or peruse the ORC by clicking on this link.  Please note that the Ohio Revised Codes are routinely changed and the information contained below may not be current.  ALWAYS contact the Police Department or click on this link for the most up to date information. 

The link is:  http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2923.11

(A) “Deadly weapon” means any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon.

(B)(1) “Firearm” means any deadly weapon capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant. “Firearm” includes an unloaded firearm, and any firearm that is inoperable but that can readily be rendered operable.

(2) When determining whether a firearm is capable of expelling or propelling one or more projectiles by the action of an explosive or combustible propellant, the trier of fact may rely upon circumstantial evidence, including, but not limited to, the representations and actions of the individual exercising control over the firearm.

(C) “Handgun” means any of the following:

(1) Any firearm that has a short stock and is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand;

(2) Any combination of parts from which a firearm of a type described in division (C)(1) of this section can be assembled.

(D) “Semi-automatic firearm” means any firearm designed or specially adapted to fire a single cartridge and automatically chamber a succeeding cartridge ready to fire, with a single function of the trigger.

(E) “Automatic firearm” means any firearm designed or specially adapted to fire a succession of cartridges with a single function of the trigger. “Automatic firearm” also means any semi-automatic firearm designed or specially adapted to fire more than thirty-one cartridges without reloading, other than a firearm chambering only .22 caliber short, long, or long-rifle cartridges.

(F) “Sawed-off firearm” means a shotgun with a barrel less than eighteen inches long, or a rifle with a barrel less than sixteen inches long, or a shotgun or rifle less than twenty-six inches long overall.

(G) “Zip-gun” means any of the following:

(1) Any firearm of crude and extemporized manufacture;

(2) Any device, including without limitation a starter’s pistol, that is not designed as a firearm, but that is specially adapted for use as a firearm;

(3) Any industrial tool, signalling device, or safety device, that is not designed as a firearm, but that as designed is capable of use as such, when possessed, carried, or used as a firearm.

(H) “Explosive device” means any device designed or specially adapted to cause physical harm to persons or property by means of an explosion, and consisting of an explosive substance or agency and a means to detonate it. “Explosive device” includes without limitation any bomb, any explosive demolition device, any blasting cap or detonator containing an explosive charge, and any pressure vessel that has been knowingly tampered with or arranged so as to explode.

(I) “Incendiary device” means any firebomb, and any device designed or specially adapted to cause physical harm to persons or property by means of fire, and consisting of an incendiary substance or agency and a means to ignite it.

(J) “Ballistic knife” means a knife with a detachable blade that is propelled by a spring-operated mechanism.

(K) “Dangerous ordnance” means any of the following, except as provided in division (L) of this section:

(1) Any automatic or sawed-off firearm, zip-gun, or ballistic knife;

(2) Any explosive device or incendiary device;

(3) Nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose, nitrostarch, PETN, cyclonite, TNT, picric acid, and other high explosives; amatol, tritonal, tetrytol, pentolite, pecretol, cyclotol, and other high explosive compositions; plastic explosives; dynamite, blasting gelatin, gelatin dynamite, sensitized ammonium nitrate, liquid-oxygen blasting explosives, blasting powder, and other blasting agents; and any other explosive substance having sufficient brisance or power to be particularly suitable for use as a military explosive, or for use in mining, quarrying, excavating, or demolitions;

(4) Any firearm, rocket launcher, mortar, artillery piece, grenade, mine, bomb, torpedo, or similar weapon, designed and manufactured for military purposes, and the ammunition for that weapon;

(5) Any firearm muffler or silencer;

(6) Any combination of parts that is intended by the owner for use in converting any firearm or other device into a dangerous ordnance.

(L) “Dangerous ordnance” does not include any of the following:

(1) Any firearm, including a military weapon and the ammunition for that weapon, and regardless of its actual age, that employs a percussion cap or other obsolete ignition system, or that is designed and safe for use only with black powder;

(2) Any pistol, rifle, or shotgun, designed or suitable for sporting purposes, including a military weapon as issued or as modified, and the ammunition for that weapon, unless the firearm is an automatic or sawed-off firearm;

(3) Any cannon or other artillery piece that, regardless of its actual age, is of a type in accepted use prior to 1887, has no mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, or other system for absorbing recoil and returning the tube into battery without displacing the carriage, and is designed and safe for use only with black powder;

(4) Black powder, priming quills, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used to fire a cannon of a type defined in division (L)(3) of this section during displays, celebrations, organized matches or shoots, and target practice, and smokeless and black powder, primers, and percussion caps possessed and lawfully used as a propellant or ignition device in small-arms or small-arms ammunition;

(5) Dangerous ordnance that is inoperable or inert and cannot readily be rendered operable or activated, and that is kept as a trophy, souvenir, curio, or museum piece.

(6) Any device that is expressly excepted from the definition of a destructive device pursuant to the “Gun Control Act of 1968,” 82 Stat. 1213, 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(4), as amended, and regulations issued under that act.

(M) “Explosive” means any chemical compound, mixture, or device, the primary or common purpose of which is to function by explosion. “Explosive” includes all materials that have been classified as division 1.1, division 1.2, division 1.3, or division 1.4 explosives by the United States department of transportation in its regulations and includes, but is not limited to, dynamite, black powder, pellet powders, initiating explosives, blasting caps, electric blasting caps, safety fuses, fuse igniters, squibs, cordeau detonant fuses, instantaneous fuses, and igniter cords and igniters. “Explosive” does not include “fireworks,” as defined in section 3743.01 of the Revised Code, or any substance or material otherwise meeting the definition of explosive set forth in this section that is manufactured, sold, possessed, transported, stored, or used in any activity described in section 3743.80 of the Revised Code, provided the activity is conducted in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations, including, but not limited to, the provisions of section 3743.80 of the Revised Code and the rules of the fire marshal adopted pursuant to section 3737.82 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 04-08-2004; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008

TOWNSHIP HUNTING INFORMATION

 

The following is general information for deer hunters.  It is strongly recommended that if you are considering hunting, link to the following for the latest and most up to date information.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources: 

http://www.ohiodnr.com/WILDLIFE/DOW/REGULATIONS/hunting_general.aspx#code 

Ohio Administrative Code: 

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1531 (ORC - Division of Wildlife)    

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/1533 (ORC Hunting & Fishing)

http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/1501%A31 (OAC - Division of Wildlife Rules and Regulations)

http://www.conwaygreene.com/summit.htm  (Summit County Ordinance)  Click on the preceding link, enter "Start" and then do a quick search with the keyword:  hunting and then go to section 505.14.  Section 505.14 is shown below for your convenience. 

Section 505.14 HUNTING RESTRICTED.

(a)  No person shall hunt, kill or attempt to kill any animal or fowl by the use of firearms, boe and arrow, air rifle or any other means within one hundred (100) yard of any inhabited dwelling.

(b)  Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor  misdemeanor. 

DEER HUNTER'S CHECKLIST:

Avoid Problems and Be Prepared!

  1. Get the landowner's permission to hunt.
  2. Buy your annual hunting licences and deer permit early.
  3. Make sure your gun is plugged and not capable of holding more thant three (3) shells.
  4. Make sure you meet hunter orange requirements.
  5. Know how to attach your temporary tag.  Carry a piece of string, watch, and pencil or pen.
  6. Know the rules for use of communication devices.
  7. Know your APV laws.
  8. Know the season dates, hours, and Deer Zones.
  9. Follow proper check station procedures.
  10. Hunt Safely!
  11. After hunting, check carefully for small, dark crawling or attached ticks and remove immediately.

A Hunter CAN DO the Following:

  1. Aid of assist another hunter who is hunting deer if the temporary tag has been removed from their deer permit, he or she does not carry any hunting implement commonly used to kill wild animals, and has a valid hunting license.  Those persons exempted from having a hunting license and deer permits for deer hunting on their property are required to have a hunting license and deer permit to aid another hunter off of their property or hunt deer off of their property.
  2. Use cetain handguns during the youth deer gun season and deer gun season.  These handguns must:  (a) have a barrel length of not less than 5-inches, (b) use straight-walled cartridges (no shoulder/neck; straight-tapered wall is acceptable) and (c) be a .357 caliber or larger.
  3. Leave a deer or deer parts with a taxidermist, fur buyer, cold storage, locker plant, or meat processing plant as long as a tag or seal is attached to it that lists the owner's name and address and the date and place where the deer was killed.  Persons receiving deer from another person must keep records with the owner's name and address, the date, the time, and the place where the deer was legally taken and the date it was received.
  4. Take more than one deer per day as long as each deer has been tagged with a temporary tag before hunting for the next deer.
  5. Hunt deer over bait except on public land.
  6. Possess a communication device as long as you do not use the device to aid a person in pursuing or taking of deer.
  7. Hunt coyote and wild boar during the deer gun season and statewide muzzleloader deer season with a hunting lilcense and a valid deer permit, using firearms legal for deer hunting while visibly wearing a vest, coat, jacket or coverall colored solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.  A vaild deer permit is a deer permit, with temporary tag attached, and valid for the zone or unit being hunted.
  8. Hunt other wild animals other than deer, coyotes, or wild boar during the Saturday, December 15, 2012 and Sunday, December 16, 2012 gun season, as long as they possess no shot shells larger than number four shot and comply with hunter orange requirements.  No one may hunt with a rifle other than a muzzleloading rifle legal for deer, or possess rifle ammunition.  HUNTERS SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK ON THE CURRENT YEAR SEASON FOR HUNTING WILD ANIMALS OTHER THAN.....
  9. Use a leashed dog to recover wounded deer. 
  10. Deer archery hunt during the youth deer gun season, if the archery hunter is not accompanying a hunter participating in the youth deer gun season and is wearing hunter orange (See Youth Deer Gun Season).
  11. Concealed Carry:  A person possessing a valid Concealed Carry License may carry their concealed weapon while hunting, but it may NOT be used to shoot, shoot at, or kill any wild animal.  For more information go to ag.state.oh.us.

Additional Ohio Revised Code Information

1533.03 Prevention of authorized hunting, trapping, or fishing prohibited.

  •  Section A:  No person shall purposely prevent or attempt to prevent any person from hunting, trapping, of fishing for a wild animal as authorized by this chapter by any of the following means:  (1) Placing oneself in a location in which he knows or should know that his presence may affect the behavior of the wild animal being hunted, trapped, or fished for or otherwise affect the feasibility of the taking of the wild animal by the hunter, trapper, or fisherman; (2) Creating a visual, aural, olfactory, or physical stimulus intended to affect the behavior of the wild animal being hunted, trapped or fished for: (3) Affecting the condition or location of personal property intended for use in the hunting, trapping or fishing activity.
  • Section B:  No person shall fail to obey the order of a peace officer or wildlife officer to desist from conduct that violates division (A) of this section.  (Shown above.
  • Section C:  This section applies only to acts committed on lands or waters upon which hunting, trapping, or fishing activity may lawfully occur.  This section does not apply to acts of a peace officer, the owner of the landes or waters, or a tenant or other person acting under authority of the owner on the lands or waters.
  • Section D:  Upon petition by a person who is or reasonably may be affected by conduct that violates or will violate division (A) of this section and a showing by that person that the conduct has occurred in a particular place and may reasonably be expected to occur in or near that place again, a court of common pleas may enjoin the conduct in accordance with Civil Rule.
  • Section E:  As used in this section, "peace officer" has the same meaning as in section 2935.01 of the Revised Code, and "wildlife officer" has the same meaning as in section 1531.13 of the Revised Code.

 1533.031 Prevention of hunting creating noise prohibited.

  • Section A:  No person shall purposely prevent or attempt to prevent any person from hunting a wild animal as authorized by this chaper by creating noise or loud sounds through the use of implements when the use of the implements is intended primarily to affect the behavior of the wild animal being hunted, when the hunting is taking place on lands or waters upon which the hunting activity may lawfully occur, and when the noise or loud sounds are created on lands or waters other than the lands or waters upon which the hunting acitvity may lawfully offuc.  "Implements" does not include items being used in the due course of farming, foresty, or commercial practices.
  • Section B:  Upon petition by a person who is or reasonably may be affected by conduct that violates or will violate division (A) of this section and a showing by that person that the conduct has occurred in a particular place and may reasonable be expected to occur in or near that place again, a court of common please may enjoin the conduct in accordance with Civil Rule.

 

 

  

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