News about the Norwood Police Department and what we are doing within the community

Norwood Police Department starting Explorer Program

The Norwood Police Department is in the process of starting a Police Explorers Post. The post will provide an opportunity for young men and women to gain real world knowledge and experience in the law enforcement field. Explorers will participate in scenarios such as; traffic stops, arrest search and seizure, crime scene investigation, building searches, and other exciting activities. The program will be run with the assistance of Learning for Life, a division of the Boy Scouts of America.

We will be holding an open house on September 23rd, 2015 in the Mini Auditorium at Norwood High School from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Applicants and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the open house so that we may answer any questions and can provide information on the program. Post meetings will begin in October and will likely be every other week depending on upcoming events and holidays. Meetings will be approximately 3 hours long.

All applicants will be required to be at least 14 years of age, a graduate of the 8th grade, and younger than 21. Applications to become an Explorer will be available at the Norwood Police Department and online at Applicants are not required to be Norwood residents.

Open Explorers Application (PDF)

Accepting applications for E-911 Dispatcher/Operator

The Norwood Civil Service Commission is accepting applications for the position of E-911 Dispatch/Operator for the City of Norwood. The test will be held on Wednesday, September 16th in the Norwood HS cafeteria. Applications are available at the Norwood Police Department, Monday thru Friday, 8am-3pm. Applications must be returned to the Norwood Police Department by Thursday, September 10th at 12:00pm. There is a $25 application fee. Visa, Mastercard, money order, personal check, and cash will be accepted at the Norwood City Treasurer's Office located on the first floor of the City Hall. Proof of payment must be attached to your application when it is turned into the Norwood Police Department. This testing process will form a certified list of candidates for future part time and full time hiring. If you have further questions, please contact Lt. Ron Murphy 458-4545.

Test Results for E-911 Dispatcher/Operator

Open 911 Dispatch-Operator Test Scores (PDF)

Coffee With A Cop

The Norwood Police Department will be hosting their spring Coffee With a Cop this Thursday, April 30th at the McDonald's in Surrey Square. Officers from the NPD will be there from 8:00 to 10:00 am to answer your questions and discuss your community or neighborhood concerns. Please take a moment to stop by and enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation.

Sgt. Earl Warman Retires

Sgt. Earl Warman announced his retirement from the Norwood Police Department. His official date of retirement is April 28th. Earl was appointed to patrolman for the Norwood Police Department in 1981 and has served the City of Norwood faithfully for the last 34 years. Earl served as the DARE Officer in Norwood City Schools from 1996 until he was promoted to sergeant in 2002. There are still former students of Sgt. Warman's who always ask about him. Earl has been an outstanding sergeant since promoted in 2002. Not only has he guided numerous patrol officers but he has helped train and develop newly promoted sergeants. Additionally Earl served as our community relations officer for a number of years. The work we are currently doing to reach out to the community was started by Sgt. Warman and we wouldn't be doing what we are doing today if not for his efforts.Please join us in wishing Sergeant Earl Warman all the best in retirement!!! Thank you for your years of service.

2015 Pigs and Pins Bowling Tournament

It's that time of the year again folks. Our 4th Annual Pigs and Pins Bowling Tournament will take place on Saturday March 28th at 1:00 pm. It is being held again at Stones Lanes in Norwood. The cost to bowl is $35 per person with five persons to a team. That price includes shoes, 2 drink tickets, pizza per lane, and door prizes. There is a split the pot and a great silent auction raffle. Trophies will be given for high game, high team, lowest score and individual awards. After party will be held at the Mound Café from 5-10 pm. Come join us for a fun filled day and all for a good cause.

This year we will be fundraising to make a donation to "4 Paws For Ability". 4 Paws for Ability is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to place quality service dogs with children with disabilities and veterans who have lost use of limbs or hearing; help with animal rescue, and educate the public regarding use of service dogs in public places. Please visit their website or visit their facebook page for additional information.

For more information contact Lt. Murphy at 458-4545 or email

Exciting News for our younger Norwood Residents

A partnership between the Norwood Police Department and Avenues for Success has begun work on a new initiative. We will be recruiting Norwood residents entering school grades 7, 8 and 9 for the 2015-2016 school year, for a Junior Police Academy. A Junior Police Academy presentation will be held at the various Norwood Schools in April, and the first Junior Police Academy Session will be held from June 8th-12th.

The academy will meet from 9 am to 4 pm, for a week of leadership skills, career exploration, and relationship building between the NPD and our students. More information will be provided when the presentation dates are finalized. Please contact Sgt. Jim Hicks, Norwood Police Department, at (513) 458-4549 if you have any questions.

Norwood Police Family Movie Night

The Norwood Police Department will be hosting their first Family Movie Night on Friday, 12/19 at the Norwood Community Center gymnasium. The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the movie, "The Polar Express" will begin at 7:00. We will have drinks, popcorn, and hot dogs for refreshments. This should be a great way to start the Christmas Break with your family. There are no chairs allowed on the gym floor so bring a blanket or pillow to sit on. Thank you and hope to see you there.

Fill A Cruiser Event

Members of the Norwood Police Department will be at the Norwood Kroger on Saturday 12/13 from 9-12 collecting donated food items. We want to Fill A Cruiser with these donated items and transport them to the Zion United Church of Christ Food Pantry, located at 2301 Indian Mound Ave. Please stop by this Saturday and donate some food or cash to this worthy cause.

Norwood Police Grill Thanksgiving Chicken

Members of the Norwood Police Department grilled 180 pounds of chicken Thanksgiving morning and gave it to citizens who showed up at the Norwood Police Academy. Thanks to the Pet Spot for donating 30 pounds of chicken breasts.

Halloween in the City of Norwood

The City of Norwood will celebrate Halloween on Friday, October 31st from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. We hope everyone will have a great time. We have attached some Halloween safety tips to make it a fun and safe night for your children.

Norwood Promise - Diploma Dash 5K

The Norwood Promise is sponsoring the "Diploma Dask 5K" this Saturday, October 18th. The race starts at 9 am and will effect vehicle traffic Norwood streets. The race begins at Shea Stadium, goes west on Harris, south on Forest, east on Park, south on Beech, west on Melrose, north on Linden, west on Park, east on Park, north on Forest, east on Harris, where it returns back into Shea Stadium. Please be patient with the runners, walkers, volunteers, and officers involved in the parade. If you live on the streets listed, please make sure your neighbors are aware of the possible delays in travel. Thanks.

Officer of the Month - September 2014

The Officer of the Month for September is Steve Thomas. Steve is currently assigned to first shift patrol. Steve had an excellent September, leading the shift in felony arrests. Steve also helped out by becoming trained as a Field Training Officer. Steve brought back some outstanding ideas that have been implemented in our Field Training program.

Please join me in congratulating Officer Thomas!!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Help the members of the Norwood Police Department bring attention to and raise money for breast cancer research. We are selling pink t-shirts to raise money to donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The shirts are $15.00 and are available in the following sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, and 2-Extra Large. The graphic on the shirt is the Norwood Police Canine Unit, Stand with Amor, Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer.

If you are interested in ordering a shirt, send an email to Lt. Ron Murphy at or give him a call at 458-4545. He will send you an order form. Thank you.

Officer of the Month - August 2014

Please join us in congratulating Officer Mike Price for being selected as the Officer of the Month for August. Mike is currently assigned to third shift and has taken a leadership role on that shift. Mike is also selected to be our school resource officer. At this time we don't have enough manpower to put Mike in the schools but he still visits the schools as often as he can.

On top of that, Mike took it upon himself to start Donuts With A Cop and Pizza With A Cop towards the end of the school year. Mike organized the whole thing and the school age kids love it.

Mike is a definite credit to this Department and we are lucky to have him as an officer!!!

DEA Drug Take Back Program

On Saturday, 9/27, the Norwood Police Department will be participating in the DEA Drug Take Back Program. This program is set up to collect unused or expired over the counter and prescription medication. The collection site will be the Norwood Health Department, 2059 Sherman Ave. The collection will take place from 10 am until 2 pm. Members of the Norwood Police, Norwood Health Department, and Citizens on Patrol will be on hand to assist with this program. If you have any questions you can visit the DEA website at or call Lt. Ron Murphy 458-4545.

Urology Group Zero Prostate Cancer Run

The Urology Group will be hosting the 8th Annual Zero Prostate Cancer 10K/5K/Run and Walk this Saturday morning. The Norwood Police Department will again be helping with traffic control. The races begin at 9:00 am with road closures starting at 8:45 am. This should be only a minor inconvenience to motorists. The Norwood Police and its volunteers will allow traffic to flow during breaks in runners. Please be patient and courteous to the volunteers who are directing traffic and to the runners/walkers in the race. This event brings between 1000-1500 people to our great city and we want everyone to who participates to have good memories of their experience. If you are going to be out early Saturday morning, take a moment to visit the website and look at the course maps. This way you can prepare yourself for the road closures and work around them during your travel. Below are the links for the race and both course maps. If you notice you live somewhere on the course map, step outside during the race and cheer on all the participants. Thank you for your cooperation.

Starting Monthly Newsletter

Alright NPD friends we are looking at starting a monthly newsletter where we will update you on what's going on at the Police Department and in the City. Much like we do on Facebook. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter via email, then inbox us your email and we will put it on our list. Also we know not everyone is on FB, so if you have a friend who would like to receive the newsletter send us there information or have them call 458-4545 and leave their email address for Lt. Murphy.

Officer of the Month - July 2014

The Norwood Police Department would like to congratulate Officer Dan Riffle for being selected as the "Officer of the Month" for July 2014. Dan's supervisors stressed his outstanding work ethic. He is always willing to jump in and offer assistance to his coworkers when needed. Sgt. Buchanan took it farther by stating, "I am grateful that I have the opportunity to work with Officer Riffle on a regular basis."

Congratulations Dan! Thank you for your commitment to the City of Norwood, the Norwood Police Department, and most importantly, the citizens we serve.

Norwood Introduces 5 new Officers

Please welcome the newest members of the Norwood Police Department.

Sean Grogan: Sean is a graduate of Moeller High School and also graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor's degree in political science. Sean most recently served as an auxiliary officer with the Madeira Police Department

Kenneth Devers: Kenneth is a graduate of North College Hill High School and graduated from the Great Oaks Police Academy in 2009. Ken also served his Country honorably as a member of
The United States Marine Corps.

John Desotelle: John is a graduate of Mason High School and graduated with a bachelor's degree from Northern Kentucky University in criminal justice.

Williams Cox: is a 2008 graduate of Hamilton High School and served in the United States Marine Corps.

Michael Matulewicz: is a 2005 graduate of Lakota West High School and has worked as a police officer in Amelia for the last year and a half.

Coffee with a Cop

After the Norwood Day Parade 2014, the Norwood Police Department sponsored another: "Coffee with a Cop", the location again was the Bluebird Restaurant located at 4629 Montgomery Rd. This was the second "Coffee with a Cop". The Norwood Police hope to sponsor "Coffee with a Cop" twice a year as a way to reach out to the Citizens of Norwood for input on their neighborhood and crime solutions.

About twenty five members of the community attended and enjoyed great conversation along with great dessert. Thank you to all who took time out of a very busy evening to attend. Look forward to seeing everyone at the next "Coffee with a Cop."

Phil Harvey, a patrolman currently assigned to third shift in the patrol division, discusses an issue with a Norwood resident.

Norwood Day Parade 2014

The 122nd Norwood Day Parade was a great success. This year's parade theme was “Gateway to Norwood: At the Lateral” and the Grand Marshal was CEO of Paycor: Bob Coughlin.

The Norwood Police Department played a huge role in the success of the parade. Patrolman Matt Evans, "Bluecoat of the Year", was the lead vehicle. Officers lined the entire parade route keeping traffic controlled and spectators safe. There were no incidents to report during the parade.

Thank you to all the parade participants and especially to all the spectators who made the Norwood Day Parade such an outstanding event. It was another great year to celebrate our Norwood community.

Officer of the Month - June 2014

Officer Krummen received several compliments in the last month from parents at Norwood View Elementary for his efforts in helping with the traffic and parking situation during the drop off and pick up of students. He also spent many mornings talking with the students prior to the start of their school day. Rich led the 1st shift patrol division during the month of June in traffic and parking enforcement. Great job Officer Krummen. Thank you for your commitment to the Norwood community and especially your commitment to making the streets around Norwood View Elementary safe for the students.

2013 Norwood Police Dept Annual Report

Dear Mr. Geers,
It is my privilege to again present you with the annual report for the Norwood Police Department. 2013 was another successful year for us. While we down again in the number of officers, I would like to think that we worked harder and smarter doing more with less.

There were changes throughout the year but change is part of life. As you page through this year-end report you will see we did a lot great things this year. We hope to continue the successes of 2013 into 2014.

We have excellent and dedicated officers, who excel at what they do. It is truly my honor to work with the great men and woman of the Norwood Police Department. My number one goal is to advance the mission of the Norwood Police Department.

Our Department Mission and Core Values:
The Norwood Police Department will provide professional service that reflects the needs of our community and provides protection of life, property and the Constitutional Rights of all.

Read the rest of the Report (PDF)

Officer of the Month - May 2014

Congratulations to Officer Mike Borchers!! Mike was selected as Officer of the Month for the month of May. Mike is the Norwood Police Department's K-9 officer. He and his partner, Amor, patrol the streets on 2nd shift from 3P-11P. Mike and his partner tracked a robbery suspect in May and also made a large drug seizure involving over 17 grams of crack cocaine.

Mike and his partner, Amor, have also been busy preparing for recertification. Mike is an excellent officer who can always be counted on. Please join me in congratulating Officer Mike Borchers!!

Officer of the Month - February 2014

Congratulations to Officer Tim Brown for being selected as Officer of the Month.

Officer of the Month - January 2014

Patrolman Jeff Barger has been named Officer of the Month for January. Jeff works on first shift. On Christmas Day, Officer Barger dressed up as Santa Claus and passed out lumps of coal to drivers. He also gave small gifts to children who were passengers in cars that he stopped.

Watch Patrolman Barger story from LOCAL 12 On YouTube
Patrolman Barger On WCPO

Car Theft Warning

With colder weather upon us, many people choose to start their car and let it warm up. The Norwood Police Department wants to advise you that doing this is a violation of State of Ohio law. Many vehicles are stolen each winter when leaving your vehicle unattended while the vehicle is running. Listed below is the state law concerning the rules for unattended vehicles.

4511.661 Unattended motor vehicles

(A) No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the parking brake, and, when the motor vehicle is standing upon any grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.
The requirements of this section relating to the stopping of the engine, locking of the ignition, and removing the key from the ignition of a motor vehicle shall not apply to an emergency vehicle or a public safety vehicle.
(B) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to one predicate motor vehicle or traffic offense, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If, within one year of the offense, the offender previously has been convicted of two or more predicate motor vehicle or traffic offenses, whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.

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