Wickliffe Police Department

Wickliffe Police Phone Number: 440-943-1234
Emergency Number: 911

Wickliffe Police Department Updates

On the Road

Booster Seat Law Enacted

A new child restraint law in Ohio took effect on April 7, 2010. Children who are younger than 8 or shorter than 4 feet and 9 inches will be expected to use a booster seat while riding in a car. Children younger than 4 or who weigh less than 40 pounds are expected to sit in a child safety seat. Police have been warning drivers about the new booster seat law for the last six months, but officers will begin issuing tickets for offenders.

If someone is ticketed for not following the new booster seat law, the first offense is a minor misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of a $75 fine. On a second offense, an offender can be fined as much as $250 and serve 30 days in jail. Taxis, public safety vehicles, vehicles without seat belts and regulated day-care vehicles are exempt from the booster seat law.

New Headlight Law in Effect

As of January 1, 2010

The Wickliffe Police Department is reminding all motorists of a law that took full effect on January 1, 2010. Under Ohio Revised Code 4513.03, all vehicles operating upon a street or highway must have headlights on while using windshield wipers.

Regardless of the time of day, or of the weather conditions, if your wipers are on, your headlights, and taillights, must be on as well. The emphasis here is safety. Inclement weather (e.g., rain, snow, or fog) normally prompts the use of windshield wipers. By adding lighted lights to the equation, the goal is to make your vehicle more visible to other motorists.

What about vehicles equipped with Daytime Running Lights (DRL)? This might not be enough to comply for two reasons. First, DRL’s typically run at a reduced illumination and may not be able to meet the state law requirement that headlights produce a beam sufficient to be seen from one thousand feet ahead. Second, most DRL’s do not also illuminate the taillights, which are also required to be lighted by the new statute. To make certain that you are within the law, take that extra second to turn on your headlight switch after you engage your wipers.

Like safety belt violations, this is a secondary traffic offense, which means vehicles cannot be stopped solely for a violation of this statute. A law enforcement officer must have observed some other moving violation or equipment violation before a driver can be issued a citation for the headlight violation. This offense is a minor misdemeanor, which can carry up to a maximum $150.00 fine.

Guidelines for Motorists STopped by Police

If you are one of the millions of motorists who drive the public roadways each day, chances are that you have been pulled over by a police officer, deputy sheriff, or trooper. At a minimum, you have probably encountered a situation where you needed to yield the right-of-way to a public safety vehicle (fire truck, rescue squad, police car, ambulance, etc.).

Luckily, for the majority of motorists, these contacts are infrequent. However, they can be awkward, unnerving, and uncomfortable.  Is there a right way to behave in such situations? What should you do when you see those dreaded red and blue lights flashing behind you? Click here for some suggestions from the Wickliffe Police Department on getting through a safe traffic stop or pullover and returning you safely back to your journey.

Keeping Safe

Protect Yourself Against Scams

Scammers use a variety of tactics to make their offers seem legitimate. They often try to convince consumers to send them money or give personal information, such as bank account numbers and Social Security numbers. Be informed about the types of scams that are being used and learn the warning signs that it may be a scam. Click here for a list of common scams and how to protect yourself. If you have any questions regarding potential scams, please call the Wickliffe Police Dept at 440-943-1234.

Internet Safety Guidelines

The technology of computers and the Internet offer many benefits, as well as a darker side. Child predators use the Internet to find victims. Parents must be aware of what their children are doing on the computer to protect them from the dangers online. Click here for information on protecting your child from on-line threats.

Sexual Offenders Information

Information regarding sexual offenders may be found on the Sheriff's link on the Lake County, Ohio website: www.lakecountyohio.org. From that page, viewers may be directed to the State of Ohio Attorney General's website for further details.

Drug Abuse Prevention

New! Drug Collection & Disposal Program

Lake County General Health District and the Solid Waste District announce a pilot program for the continuous collection and disposal of pharmaceutical drugs. Beginning December 8, 2010, Lake County residents can dispose of their unwanted and expired perscription & non-prescription drugs at one of five law enforcement departments throughout the county.

Click here for the website link to the Lake County General Health District for more information about the program and for a list of participating police departments and hours of collection. For a list of collection sites for the drug disposal program, CLICK HERE.

Wickliffe Police Department Annual Reports

2011 Annual Report

The statistical reports contained in this annual report show the patterns of crime and other activities responded to by the police department. The police department tracks fourteen categories of serious crimes from year to year and in 2011 eight of these categories decreased or remained the same while six categories saw an increase in activities.

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2010 Annual Report

The statistical reports contained in this annual report show the patterns of crime and other activities responded to by the police department. Most trends in serious crimes went down in 2010 with two notable exceptions; house burglaries and narcotic acivity both increased by about 45% each. The reasons for the increase in house burglaries is difficult to define from year to year as there are many variables to consider when attempting to predict crime. The police department closely monitors our patrol operations each year and will make adjustments based on crime trends.

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2009 Annual Report

The statistical reports and narrative descriptions of the crime and activities coming to the attention of the police department are detailed in this annual report. Tends in serious crimes have remained relatively consistent over the past ten years with occasional spikes in individual categories from year to year. Thefts and vehicle thefts have declined steadily over this time period. As in past years, our crime rate is low and Wickliffe remains a safe community to live and work in. We remain dedicated to capturing persons committing crime in the community and working with the community as a whole in our efforts to prevent criminal activity.

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