The Parma Police Department, through Public Information Officer, Detective Sergeant Kevin Riley, will periodically post news releases to the media and the public. Frequently photographs and information may be posted with the purpose of eliciting the help of the general public in identifying suspects, developing information for criminal cases and locating missing persons. Occasionally, public service announcements may be made related to safety issues.
Sgt. Kevin Riley began his career as a police officer in 1992 after serving in the United States Air Force. He joined the Parma Police Department in 1999. Sgt. Riley has extensive experience in the Detective Bureau as a Detective in both the General Crimes Unit and Narcotics Unit. Sgt. Riley continues to not only investigate felony cases, but also serves as a supervisory detective overseeing general crimes, narcotics and sex-crimes investigations. Sgt. Riley also oversees the training and development of newly appointed detectives. He has been a member of the department’s SWAT Team since 2004. Sgt. Riley has an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement from Cuyahoga Community College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Akron.
Follow the department on Twitter at @ParmaPolice
The department would like to congratulate three supervisors who recently graduated from the Public Safety Leadership Academy, an 11-week course of instruction, consisting of college level classes offered through a partnership with the Ohio State University - John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Lt. Robert Tarro, Lt. Tony Haberkorn and Lt. Tom Siedlecki graduated during a ceremony held on June 13, 2014. The training took place at the Ohio Highway Patrol Academy in Columbus. The supervisors completed a curriculum that included classes in leadership and ethics, interpersonal communication, public management, organizational culture and ethics, human resources, budgeting, and organizational behavior. In addition to classes, the supervisors spent a week in Washington D.C. attending a law enforcement course at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and volunteering time at a local food bank in the Columbus area.
The Parma Police Department is pleased to welcome a new four-legged officer to the department.
K-9 Officer Coney, a young German Shepard, will be joining K-9 Officers Tyson and Felix after weeks of intense training. On June 7, 2014, Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter administered the oath of office to K-9 Officer Coney during a ceremony that was held at Veteran’s Memorial Park. The K-9 swearing in ceremony was conducted as part of the City of Parma Animal Shelter’s Pet Adoptathon that took place on June 7th and 8th.
Coney’s handler will be Officer Nicholas Schuld. Together, they will be patrolling the city and assisting patrol officers and detectives with such tasks as apprehending dangerous suspects and detecting narcotics. Officer Schuld is a six-year veteran of the department, as well as a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, having served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is the first time in department history that there will be three K-9 Officers in service at the same time.
The City of Parma was recently recognized as one of America's Top Ten Safest Suburbs by the website Movoto.com. Parma finished third in these rankings. This comes on the heels of Parma being recognized as the third safest city in the U.S. with 25,000 or more people by Neighborhoood Scout. These recent recoginitions of excellence for the City of Parma are a true testament to the hard work and dedication of all of the men and women of the Parma Police Department. Our sworn officers, auxiliary officers, and civilian staff work hard everyday to ensure that our residents receive the highest quality police service from our department. To read the article from Movoto.com, please click on the below link:
The City of Parma was recently ranked as the third safest city in America by Neighborhood Scout. Their research reveals the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research were the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city. To see the rankings from Neighborhood Scout, please click on the below link:
A tax season scam has shown up here in Parma. This scam involves someone calling and claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. According to the IRS, victims are told they owe money and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting. Residents of Parma should beware of these calls. Click on the following link to be directed to the IRS's website to read more about this scam:
Watch a video about the Citizens Police Academy.
Produced by Parma Area Community Television.
Flash required to watch this video. Get it for free here.
The Parma Police Department has recently instituted a Facebook page developed to assist in the identification and apprehension of WANTED individuals. For more information and to receive updates simply visit the site and LIKE us on Facebook. To be directed to this site click HERE.
As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen's friends under the age of 21 under any circumstances, even in your home, even with their parents permission. Click HERE for additional information.
With the onset of summer weather, It is expected that there will be a rise in thefts of property. Many times items are being taken easily from yards, vehicles, homes, etc...with no indication of forced entry. There are individuals in our society who specifically look for unlocked doors and unsecured property. Unfortunately, in this day and age it is necessary to take preventive steps to secure our belongings. It is recommended that you lock your doors even when you are home. Additionally, valuables should be kept out of sight and your vehicle doors locked. A few preventive steps can make the difference in whether or not you become the victim of a crime.
With the economy as it is there has been a notable increase in residential burglaries throughout the country. Clicking on the link below will provide you with a printable "Residential Security Survey" that can be helpful in doing a self evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of your property.
RESIDENTIAL SECURITY SURVEY (Click on this to view)
PERSONAL SAFETY - Practical safety tips for; At Home, In your Car, Out & About
Current Ohio law requires that children under the age of four, those who weigh less that 40 pounds, or both must be in a child restraint system that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. Effective 10/07/2009 the law added specific requirements for those children less than eight years of age, less than four foot nine niches (4'9"), or both must be secured in a booster seat that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards. CLICK ON THE ABOVE PHOTO TO VIEW ENTIRE ORDINANCE.
When a child is missing or abducted, getting that child's photo and information on a potential abductor out to police, the public, and the media is essential. One way to expedite this process is to obtain a state ID for your child. This not only provides a photo, but next of kin information accessible to police if needed. An ID can be obtained by bringing the child, their birth certificate and social security card to any Deputy Registrar License agency. The cost of the ID is $8.50.
During emergency circumstances, being able to make notification to an individual's next of kin could safe a life or potentially allow some precious time with a loved one before they expire. The Ohio Department of Public Safety has now made this possible. Persons with an Ohio driver license or state ID can now register up to two trusted persons to be identified in the BMV database as Next of Kin. ONLY police can access the NOK information, it cost nothing to register, and is not subject to public records request. The NOK registration results in reducing time in locating next of kin and making prompt notification. Additional information and registration instructions can be obtained at: www.ohiobmv.com
There are approximately 1400 miles that separate Parma, Ohio from Galveston, Texas. In late September 2008, we here in Parma suffered the residual effects of Hurricane Ike, which made landfall in Galveston. Severe winds toppled trees and downed power lines. Tens of thousands of homes in our area were without electricity. Some went without power for almost a week. The storms in our lives, whether natural or man-made can come with little or no warning. Will you be prepared?
You can build a foundation before a storm. You can build a foundation after a storm. But, it is almost impossible to build one in the midst of a storm.
The Department of Homeland Security has developed a website that can be helpful in creating a disaster plan, including but not limited to a list of items that should be kept on-hand. Please refer to www.ready.gov for additional information and remember Preparing Makes Sense.
Click on the links below to view and obtain a printable copy (PDF) of documentation relative to specific issues of safety and security.
Child Safety - Practical tips relative to "Child Safety"
Residential Security Survey - A survey ref. residential strengths / weaknesses
Personal Safety - Practical safety tips for; At Home, In your Car, Out & About
The Parma Police Department has partnered wth Project Child Safe to provide FREE gun locks to residents of the city. These locks are available on a first come, first serve basis at the department's 24-hr police front desk.
Click on the logo for additional information.
Click on the scooter picture to be directed to a link to Ohio's Motor Scooter Laws.
New traffic signals are being installed on the major roads with a target completion date of October 2008. These new signals can be "pre-empted" or controlled by the siren of an approaching emergency vehicle. Drivers who see a flashing blue light on the signal arm when approaching a red light should be cautious because the flashing blue light indicates an emergency vehicle is approaching.
At the beginning of August 2007, the Parma Police Department initiated an effort to beef up patrols to enforce neighborhood traffic and peace disturbance violations. Officers will be assigned in small sectors each week to provide extra coverage during peak traffic times. The goal is for every neighborhood to receive this extra patrol at least once by the end of summer.
The Parma Police Department has a certified National Child Safety Seat Technician. It only takes 20 minutes or less to check a child safety seat and educate parents on the proper installation and usage. Call (440) 887-7300 ext. 8557 and leave a message for Patrol Officer Spencer O’Rourke to request an appointment. Future safety seat clinics will be advertised in the Parma Sun Post.
The Parma Police now administers the Car Fit Program to help mature drivers achieve a perfect fit with their vehicle by using a 12-Point Checklist. Make an appointment with Officer Ken Gillissie or Officer Mike Tellings at (440) 887-7300 ext. 8538 or 8542. Watch for clinic announcements in the Parma Sun Post.