New Home Page Police
$ 2,000 REWARD - Mario Whitfield Homicide Please call Detective Chris Kovach at (440) 204-2168 for information on this homicide.
$ 2000 REWARD - Darmis Crawford Homicide Please call Captain Roger Watkins at 440-204-2105 with any information regarding this homicide.
311 Non-Emergency Lorain Police Number Dial 311 from any landline Centurytel phone to be connected directly to our Police Dispatchers
Commend/Complaint If you would like to commend an officer/employee, or if you have a complaint, please call our Office of Professional Standards at 440-204-2116.
Drug Tip Line Drug Tip Line: 440-204-2108
Information on Recent Homicides To provide information on recent homicides or shootings, call Detectives at 440-204-2105.
PUBLIC SAFETY WARNING 21 Overdoses & 3 deaths in 48 hours involving dangerous narcotic being sold as heroin.
Report an Emergency Report an emergency or crime in progress, dial 9-1-1.
Report Non-Emergency To report non-emergency situations or crimes that are not in progress, dial 440-204-2100, or if calling within the City of Lorain on a landline phone, dial 3-1-1
Unsolved Homicide Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two Lorain teenagers, as well as the city's other unsolved homicides.

About Our Department

Mission Statement

The Lorain Police Department recognizes that it derives its authority from and is accountable to the community it serves. The department will continually strive to provide effective and efficient police service to the citizens of Lorain consistent with the community's needs and concerns.

We believe that the basic concerns of the citizens of Lorain include a desire for peace, tranquility, and freedom from crime and disorder. The Lorain Police Department's primary functions are the prevention of crime, the enforcement of laws in a fair and impartial manner and the apprehension of those who violate the laws.

Our actions at all times shall be consistent with the principles of a democratic society through recognition of both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights of all persons.

We further believe that only through a coordinated police-community effort can public order and safety be achieved and sustained; therefore, we will actively encourage community support in a cooperative effort to achieve this mission.


Values are the core of our moral beliefs and self-worth. They are convictions that bond us together to accomplish specific tasks and objectives. They are what we share and believe. We, the members of the Lorain Police Department, value.

Constitutional Rights
We shall uphold this country's democratic values as embodied in the Constitution and dedicate ourselves to the preservation of life, individual freedoms and justice for everyone.

Integrity is the absolute honest and ethical personal behavior and performance of duty that must be the hallmark of every member of the department.

Professional Excellence
Recognizing the changing and diverse needs of the community, the Lorain Police Department pledges to establish and maintain high performance standards to ensure public confidence and trust. Professional excellence is a direct result of progressive training, a positive attitude and personal commitment.

Commitment to Employees
The department recognizes that its employees are the vital component to the successful delivery of police services. We believe we can achieve our highest potential by actively involving our employees in problem solving and improving police services. We support an organizational climate of mutual trust and respect.

Community Sensitive Policing
Department members shall uphold laws in an ethical, impartial, courteous and professional manner while respecting the rights and dignity of all persons. We will be compassionate and provide assistance to victims and those in need.

Community Partnership
Recognizing the fact that police agencies were established as a result of society's voluntary limitation of personal freedoms, we encourage and expect the participation of the community in facilitating solutions to problems of mutual concern. We therefore solicit and support contributions from all members of this community.

International Code of Police Ethics

A police officer is both a citizen and a law enforcement officer who, on behalf of his fellow-citizens, prevents crime, preserves the public peace, protects persons and property, and detects and apprehends offenders.

It is the tradition of the police profession to be helpful to all beyond the call of duty. A police officer is a servant of the law. Honesty in thought and deed should characterize a police officer’s official and private life. A police officer must be impartial and fair to all people, whatever their social position, race or creed.

A police officer must be incorruptible. A police officer should have a compassionate respect for the dignity of the individual and behave to all with courtesy, self-control, human understanding and tolerance. A police officer must never use more force than necessary to accomplish a legitimate purpose, nor may he ever subject anybody to any form of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment.

A police officer should strive continually to increase his professional skills. In so doing, the officer should seek to gain ever-greater insights into society and human nature.

A police officer must execute the laws and regulations of his jurisdiction and obey orders given pursuant to such laws and regulations. Matters of a confidential nature coming to the attention of a police officer should be kept secret unless the performance of duty requires otherwise. A police officer’s conduct as a citizen should be exemplary.

Lorain Police Chaplain Staff

The Lorain Police  Department currently has four Police Chaplains.  The Chaplains can be utilized for death notifications of a sensitive natue or to help with the community.  They are also available for special occasions such as banquets and memorial services.  Additionally,  the Chaplains are available to all LPD employees for spiritual guidance and counsel.   

List of Chaplains