Bay Village Police Department

  • Agency: Bay Village Police Department
  • Address: 28000 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, 44140 OH
  • Chief: David M Wright (Chief of Police)

Bay Village Police Department is located at 28000 Wolf Rd, Bay Village, 44140 OH. The Chief of Police of the department is David M Wright. The Bay Village Police Department phone number is (440)871-1234.

Bay Village Police Department News

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! If you are going to celebrate with alcohol, please have a designated driver or use a ride share service. Sláinte!, BVPD

Bay Village Police Department is Hiring Administrative Assistant The City of Bay Village is currently hiring for a part-time Assistant to the Police Chief. This position will be scheduled Monday through Friday, the hours will be flexible between 8:30am-4:30pm. Under the direction of the Police Chief, the Assistant will provide a variety of routine and complex clerical, administrative and financial work for the Chief. This includes the regular monitoring of certain critical and confidential areas of the City’s business to ensure that management is aware of the potential or pending issues. The Assistant serves as a liaison between the department and other City personnel, Council members, residents and the public in general. Requirements: Minimum high school diploma (Associate Degree in Business Administration, Computer Science or Finance preferred; Paralegal background/experience a plus), with 2-4 years of work experience in public sector (preferred) or private sector related fields. Ability to type and operate modern office equipment (phones, copier, fax, scanning, etc.) with emphasis on computer operation capabilities including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, etc.) Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive issues with discretion and sound judgment. Ability to make sound decisions using independent judgement. Ability to research problems, collect and organize information and data and summarize in reports. Ability to carry out projects and assignments with minimal supervision. The complete job description can be found on our website: Please submit resume and completed application to: or via mail: City of Bay Village Human Resources 350 Dover Center Road Bay Village, Ohio 44140 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The City of Bay Village is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Lake Road is now open. Thanks for your cooperation.

Road Closed Lake Road is closed east of Columbia Road due to a traffic accident. Please find an alternate route. No eta for re-open. We will post again when it has opened up. Please forward to those interested.

Thanks! Thank you to the anonymous donor who bought girl scout cookies for the police department. They were dropped off by girl scout Olivia and her dad. Olivia is from troop 71213. She is seen here with dispatcher Amer Abouhmoud and her father. Thanks Olivia and our generous benefactor! Stay safe, BVPD

Bay Village Police Community Police Academy On March 1, the Bay Village Police Department began the annual Community Police Academy. Week 1 included introductions among the classmates, a department overview with Chief Mark Spaetzel and a visit from dispatcher Courtney Hengartner. We then took a tour of the station. Along this tour, we met with Det. Kevin Krolkosky who explained his role in the department and some of the investigative tools that we use. A fun and informative night for all! BVPD

Bay Village Police continue the hunt for Amy's killer. See the News Channel 5 segment. Stay safe, BVPD

CEI estimates 48 customers in Bay Village have been affected by the recent weather event. If your power is out, please report your outage to CEI at 888-544-4877 or online at CEI currently estimates power to be restored no later than 8pm tomorrow for affected Bay Village residents. If you need further assistance, contact the Bay Village Police at 440-871-1234.

THANK YOU BIG thanks to all of the agencies that assisted during the storm yesterday. Bay Village Fire, Service, Police and Police Auxiliary descended on the area of Maple Drive and Bradley Road when a tree limb fell, knocking down power lines and nearly crushing an occupied vehicle. Once The Illuminating Company arrived to de-energize the power lines, we were able to safely open up the road for the busy afternoon commuters. Nasty conditions, great teamwork, professional response. Thanks again, BVPD

SCHOOL SAFETY The recent school shooting incident in Parkland Florida which took the lives of 17 innocent students and teachers causes us all to reflect on what our City and Schools are doing to prevent and respond to such tragedies. It is a natural reaction for parents to be concerned about the safety of their children in the schools during such tragic incidents. The Bay Schools have Emergency Management Plans in place for each school building in the district. These plans were promulgated and reviewed by school administrators; the police and fire departments; parent, teacher and non-teacher employee representatives and others. Within this comprehensive operations plan are procedures for active shooter incidents. For several years the Police Department has worked on conducting safety training sessions with all the schools, including participating in active shooting scenarios. The next training has been scheduled for early March. Important insight is gained from these trainings in addition to ensuring the students, faculty and law enforcement understand how to react and are coordinated in their response. Prevention of acts of violence within the schools is the top priority. We feel that early identification and prompt intervention is the key to keeping our schools and community safe. The exceptional communication between the Police Department and the Schools enables quick action when concerning behavior arises. Intervention takes many forms and depends upon the particulars of each case but always involves the student, parents, schools, the city and any professional services that may be required. The Bay Family Services program, in place since 1996, provides prevention, intervention and counseling services to our youth and their families. For more than thirty years, the City has also been involved in a juvenile diversion program that diverts low level offenders from Juvenile Court back to the City. Individualized wrap around services are then implemented to better serve each youth offender. This highly successful program allows for efforts to focus on the underlying issues which resulted in the offender’s behavior and a more rapid resolution to the case. The safety of our children is paramount. Together, the Bay Schools and the City of Bay Village have established education/prevention programming and counselling/ intervention services and continue to work toward making the City of Bay Village a safe community.

2018 Community Police Academy DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES! SPOTS still available!!! Train with officers and police equipment!! This is a FREE program. Residents and those employed in Bay Village will be given first consideration for enrollment. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a background check. The Community Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Bay Village Police Department. The program will be held for 12 consecutive Thursday nights starting on March 1 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM. Each session will cover separate areas of the Department's operations. In addition, this program will include the opportunity to take a ride-along with on-duty police. The academy will include classroom and practical exercises. For this reason, casual clothes are recommended and academy polo shirts will be provided. Refreshments will be provided during class hours. Some of the topics that will be covered: • Patrol Operations • Communications • SWAT tactics and gear • Defensive Tactics • Presentation by special guests from the local Judiciary and Prosecutors Office • Simulated Firearms Training (Shoot/Don’t Shoot) • Crime Prevention/Community Oriented Policing • Animal Control • Case presentation by a BVPD Detective • Motor Vehicle Operations • W.E.B. Bomb Truck and equipment The goal of the Community Police Academy is provide information to the public that will increase the rapport between the citizens and the officers of the Bay Village Police Department. We also anticipate that the participants will become better aware and informed on how the Bay Village Police Department operates. We hope that the graduates of the Academy will utilize the knowledge gained through the program to assist the Police Department in its goals of providing a safe community for the citizens of Bay Village. This course is also a great primer for those individuals who may want to seek a career in law enforcement or as an auxiliary officer. Applications can be obtained at the Police Department, at City Hall and by email. Class size is limited to 25 participants. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Sgt. Robert Gillespie at 440-871-1234 or by email at When: March 1 – May 17, 2018 Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm Where: Bay Village Police Department – 28000 Wolf Road Bay Village Ohio

Feel the Love... The men and women of the Bay Village Police Department would like to give huge Thank You to all of those who drop off goodies to the station. It is a welcome sight and a heartfelt reminder that the people of Bay Village are the best and we work/live in an awesome city. This Valentine's Day, we were treated to lunch and sweets from our good friend Kitty and from Nancy Brown (Hot Diggity Dog). Thanks again, B.V.P.D. (now to run two more laps on the treadmill.....worth it)

Congratulations On Feb. 13, the Bay Village Police Auxiliary welcomed two new members, Abby Sinatra and Ben Sutterlin were sworn in by Chief Mark Spaetzel. In addition Off. Tim Colburn and Keith Stevens were promoted to sergeant and Sgt. Don Landers was promoted to lieutenant. Congratulations to all and thanks so much for dedication and service to your community. BVPD

The Bay Village Police Department would like to express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli of the Westerville, Ohio Police Department. These officers were killed in the line of duty while responding to a 911 call for service on February 10, 2018. Please keep all of those involved in your thoughts and prayers as we are. Stay safe, BVPD

Lunch and Learn at the Dwyer Senior Center. On Wednesday February 7, Chief Mark Spaetzel and Sgt. Rob Gillespie were the featured speakers at the "Lunch and Learn" event held at the Dwyer Senior Center. Chief Spaetzel gave an update on the state of the Police Department, while Sgt. Gillespie spoke about Crime Prevention for Seniors. The event was well attended and the group had many questions for the officers. Thanks for the invitation, it was a fun event. BVPD

GET YOUR HEART RACING!! Spots are still available for the 2018 Bay Village Community Police Academy. It is your opportunity to learn how police interact with the community in different and complex situations including traffic stops (see photo) and shoot/don't shoot scenarios using cutting edge technology. See what we have to offer. Please call 440-871-1234 or email for more information. Applications are also available at the Bay Village Police Department.

Super Sunday is Here! If you plan to celebrate the big game with alcohol. Please make sure to have a designated driver or use a ride share service. Friends don't let friends drink and drive. Stay safe, BVPD

The closure of Lake Road between Lear Road and South Point will begin February 5, 2018 and will be closed for 8 weeks. The local detour is Lear to Electric to South Point. Sorry for any inconvenience. BVPD

2017 Auxiliary of the Year Congrats to Jonathan Volle who won the prestigious Bay Village Auxiliary of the Year. Jonathan was recognized by his fellow officers for his many donated hours of hard work. He is seen here flanked by his sister McKenna (left) and niece Lily (right) at Bay Days. Congrats Jon! BVPD

Coyote Information Bay Village is no stranger to the presence of coyotes as there is an abundance of food for the scavengers. Coyotes typically eat carrion, garbage, rodents and other small animals. Due to this fact, we encourage residents to make sure small pets are not left unattended. This is NOT a new problem. Just one that needs to be brought to everyone's attention. For more information please see below or run an internet search. If you would like to speak with the Animal Control Officer Mark Adkins, please call him at 440-899-3414. Coyotes in Bay Village (Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources) Answers to the most common questions about coyotes Q. Is what I am seeing a coyote? Some of the major characteristics to look for are a bushy black-tipped tail and overall gray appearance. Often coyotes get referred to as wolves, however there are no wild free-ranging wolves in Ohio. Q. Are coyotes only gray in color? No. Coyotes can come in many colors. However the black-tipped tail will almost always be present and all coyotes will have the yellow eyes. Q. Aren’t coyotes only found in rural areas? No. Coyotes can be found throughout Ohio and are even a common inhabitant of cities. Q. Where did these coyotes come from? Coyotes were not reintroduced into Ohio. Starting in the early 1900’s, coyotes started expanding their range likely due to the loss of other predators in the Eastern United States. As they came into the Midwest, some went north into Canada and expanded to the North of the Great Lakes while others expanded range south of the Great Lakes. The first documented coyote in Ohio was in 1947 in Preble County however they may have been present in Ohio as early as 1919. From: Q. Will a coyote kill my cat? While it is certainly possible for coyote-cat interactions to occur, there are ways to help avoid them. A study by Stubbs and Krausman (2009) looked at coyote-cat interactions in Tuscon, AZ. Over a three month survey there were 36 interactions with 19 resulting in the cat being killed. In one interaction, the cat even chased the coyote off. However, 31 of the 36 (86%) of the interactions were between sunset and sunrise. The best way to keep your cat safe is to ensure that that it is indoors before sunset and that you leave no cat food or water bowls out overnight. Q. Will a coyote kill my dog? Coyotes do not typically look to kill dogs. Most coyote-dog interactions occur when the dog is off leash and chases the coyote. In some rare cases, female dogs in heat left outside during the breeding season in February may be of interest by male coyotes for potential breeding. The best way to keep your dog safe is to keep it on leash when you are outside with it. Remember, there is a leash law in Ohio. Also, most adult coyotes weigh between 25 and 35 pounds and they seldom weigh more than 45 pounds. You can see below that even a cocker spaniel weighs the same or more than a coyote. Coyotes typically will not look to take on a dog larger than itself, viewing it as a fight they will not win. Even small dogs often prove to be too much of a hassle for coyotes to deal with. Q. What about attacks on people? Coyote attacks, especially in the Eastern US, are very uncommon. Conover in Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts found that annually there are only 2 coyote attacks on people in the US with zero fatalities. Comparatively he noted that humans are over 300 times more likely to get attacked by a skunk than a coyote. In Northeast Ohio there has only been one documented “attack” on a person. The interaction occurred in the Chagrin Reservation in the early 2000’s when a coyote ran up to a biker and bit his leg. However, that coyote was quickly trapped and consequently tested positive for rabies. No known, verified attack has occurred by a healthy coyote in Northeast Ohio on a human. However, you should treat ALL wildlife with respect and remember that they are all wild animals. In addition, you should never intentionally feed coyotes. Q. Then what do coyotes eat? A coyote’s diet mainly consists of small rodents. Gehrt (2006) evaluated coyote feces in Cook County, IL (Chicago area) and found 42% of their diet comprised of small rodents. While 22% of their diet consisted of deer, the majority of that is due to coyotes taking advantage of road killed deer. Coyotes will feed on any type of road kill they can find. Also, a large portion of their diet consists of vegetative matter such as fruits and grasses. Q. Why does there seems to be a large increase in the coyote population around me? The data from the Ohio Division of Wildlife suggests that the coyote population overall in Ohio is stabilizing. However, coyotes will move around and occupy new areas for several reasons. It could be that some younger coyotes are dispersing from their mother’s home range in the Fall. It could also be that your area has an abundant source of rodents upon which they can feed. If you have bird feeders, it is a good idea to make sure all bird seed is cleaned up off of the ground daily to lower the number of rodents around your home. Q. Do coyotes hunt in packs? No. Coyotes live in family units usually consisting of only 5-6 coyotes. This family unit is made up of two adults and the young from the previous year. However, one major difference from their cousin the wolf is that coyotes are solo hunters. The only time you may see multiple coyotes hunting together is when the mother is teaching its pups how to hunt. However, even in these situations there is no coordinated attack. Q. Is it unusual to see a coyote out during the daytime? Coyotes have learned to adapt to city living very well. Especially in the Spring and Fall you will regularly see coyotes out during the day. In the Spring they are spending more time looking for small rodents to feed the pups. In the Fall the previous years’ pups are forced to leave and look for areas unoccupied by other coyotes. Because of their great adaption to cities, they regularly hear doors slamming, dogs barking, people talking, etc. So, they get used to those noises when they are out moving around. This is much like living next to a railroad. Over time you get used to the noise of the trains going by. It is normal behavior for them to pay no attention to people. A good rule-of-thumb is that a sick coyote will look and act sick. They will have hair loss, stumble when they walk, or continously approach and/or growl at people. If you notice any of these situations notify the police department immediately at 440-871-1234 Q. Do coyotes interbreed with dogs? While biologically it is possible for coyotes and dogs to breed and produce offspring (called coydogs), the occurrence is not common. A study conducted by the Ohio Division of Wildlife in the 1980’s found an occurrence rate of only 2% statewide. It is likely that most of these were in rural Ohio where it is much more common for dogs to be allowed to run freely on a landowner’s property. Q. What are my options for dealing with coyotes if I don’t want them around? Coyotes are here to stay. Even if they are all removed from an area, other coyotes will move in to occupy the newly voided area. However if you need to address a specific problem with a specific coyote, the following are your options: 1) There is an open season for trapping coyotes. However, Bay Village ordinances prohibit hunting and killing of animals, whether with or without a license or in or out of season. (C.O. 505,16) 2) There are nuisance trappers that can trap for you for a fee. Because you are paying them, the response time is usually very quick. There is no set fee, therefore it is encouraged to get price quotes from several trappers. A list of available nuisance trappers can be found at: 4) The Ohio Division of Wildlife has an agreement with the Ohio State Trappers Association where they will provide trappers free-of-charge to trap coyotes if needed. However, since it is a free service, be respectful that the trapper is under no obligation to do the trapping and they are not required to rush out and set the traps. If you wish to contact one of these trappers, a list can be found at: 5) If you need additional technical advice, the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s Akron office can answer any questions, call 330-644-2293 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Q. Where can I find some additional information?

Westshore Enforcement Bureau Training On Friday, January 19, members of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau (W.E.B.) SWAT team and Hostage Negotiators practiced their skills in the 1100 block of Cahoon Road in Westlake. Actors simulated several scenarios in an effort to increase the skills of all involved. Numerous agencies were involved. Thank you to the home owners and Mark Chernisky of Chernisky Design for arranging for the use of the home. With the help of community partners, officers were able to train more realistically and prepare for dangerous situations in the future. The Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) serves a combined population of over 325,000 residents of the Northeast Ohio cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake. WEB has units established for Narcotics and Vice, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation, Bomb, Hazmat and Crowd Control. Each city details officers to be a part of these units, resulting in well-trained, multi-jurisdictional teams. The Bay Village Police Department has officers specifically trained to handle the responsibilities of these units Thanks to all involved.

ACTION, ADVENTURE, INTRIGUE The Bay Village Police Department has openings for the upcoming Citizen Police Academy. We cannot train you to be James Bond, but we will cover numerous law enforcement related topics and will have a great time. The course runs on twelve consecutive Thursday evenings starting March 1, 2018. This is a FREE program offered to those 21 and up. Applications are available at the Bay Village Police Department or by email. Please contact Sgt. Robert Gillespie at for applications or any other questions. Thanks and have a safe day. BVPD