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As Chief of Police for the City of Mentor, I welcome you to the Mentor Police Department web page. As you take some time to navigate through our section, you will find information on the operation of the Department, the many services we provide to the community as well as safety tips and recent crime statistics.

The men and women of the Mentor Police Department are dedicated professionals committed to providing quality service at all times. We always strive to be leaders in our community and leaders in our profession by following our core values of Professionalism, Fairness, Integrity and Caring. We welcome suggestions that will help improve our service to the community. You can help with this process by taking our community survey. Your response to the survey will remain anonymous.

For more detailed information on the Police Department, review our most recent annual report.

I hope you find this information worthwhile.  We always welcome suggestions. If you need further information or assistance please contact us at 440-974-5760.

Ken Gunsch
Mentor Police Chief

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If you are experiencing an emergency dial 911.  If you wish to report a non-emergency incident please dial 440-255-1234.

Download a copy of our 2019 Annual Report for more detailed information on the Mentor Police Department.

Data obtained from our reporting system and the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), which collects information about crimes and incidents reported to the police, is reported here in an easy to read format.  Although participation in this program is voluntary, we provide the FBI with the City of Mentor’s statistics as required by the program.  While we do not report motor vehicle accidents and traffic enforcement data to the FBI, we collect these figures for our departmental monthly reports as well as other agencies’ requests for this information.  Today, several annual comprehensive statistical publications are produced from data provided by us and nearly 17,000 other law enforcement agencies across the United States.

Accident reports are now available online from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

Learn More

To promote bicycle safety, the Mentor Police Department, in cooperation with the Greater Cleveland Safe Kids Coalition, and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, offers bicycle helmets at a significantly reduced cost. [more]
The Mentor Police Department extends an invitation to all persons who have an interest in a career in law enforcement to explore employment opportunities with the Mentor Police Department. The City of Mentor is an equal employment opportunity agency, and especially encourages minorities and females to apply for openings in the department. [more]


The Chief of Police is responsible for professional and administrative work in planning, organizing, and directing all activities of the Mentor Police Department.  The Chief works directly under the administrative direction of the City Manager / Safety Director, and along with the other city department heads, is intimately involved in the operation of the City of Mentor. The Chief is at the head of the organizational chart and has three division captains reporting to him. [more]

The administrative offices are staffed during business hours.  Staff members are an integral part of the administration of the police department, and handle myriad duties that make a major contribution to the smooth functioning of the department.  Many of their duties require a level of confidentiality of the highest caliber.  The Administrative Captain oversees the many duties carried out by these employees.  In addition, this Captain oversees the department’s hiring and promoting activities, police fleet, and range program. [more]

Programs under administration include:

The sworn officers of the Mentor Police Department include the Chief of Police, three Captains, who command the three divisions which make up the department, four Lieutenants, nine Sergeants, and 51 basic Patrol Officers. Along with patrol officers, the department maintains eight detectives, two crime prevention officers, one school resource officer, and one court liaison officer. The department also includes one sworn part-time officer. Civilian personnel include six corrections officers, 15 communications technicians, five records personnel, two property/evidence technicians, a victim’s assistance advocate, a research and training clerk, one part-time city prosecutor with three office personnel, two secretary’s, and eight school crossing guards. [more]

The Support Services Division is responsible for the Communications Unit, Corrections Unit, the Records Unit, Property and Evidence Unit, radio equipment,  and the Police Department building conditions.

Support Services encompasses many units of the department consisting primarily of civilian employees who provide integral support to the mission of the Police Department.  Without any of these components in place, the Mentor Police Department would cease to function in the efficient manner for which it has come to be known.  Each of these units is made up of employees who strive to exhibit the utmost of professionalism in their jobs and come to work on a daily basis with a main goal of serving the public. [more]