Police Department

Mission Statement


The Mentor-on-the-Lake Police Department is committed to providing the public with the highest level of protection and service. Through collaborative efforts and partnerships, our endeavors are focused on a police department determined to prevent crime and fairly apply law enforcement to all persons. This commitment is confirmed in our oath and demonstrated in our words and actions. We strive to enhance our skills and expertise in our chosen field. We recognize that the badge of our office is a symbol of public faith and trust, we are dedicated to upholding these ideals and objectives, to ensure for future generations the freedom and justice that we cherish.



Vision Statement


Developing trust and respect is paramount in providing a safe environment. Our responsibility to prevent crime in the community requires us to be proactive and responsive. Utilizing advanced technologies and consistent operations will enhance the well-being of the entire community that we serve.




Integrity:  Integrity is at the core of building trust and confidence with the citizens we serve. We are committed to being honest, consistent, and ethical in all our interactions with the community, and we strive to be role models for those we serve. By developing strong partnerships with the community, we can work together to uphold these values and promote a safe and just society.

Professionalism:  We are committed to maintaining high professionalism in our work, both to ourselves and the public we serve. We are responsible for our actions and will hold ourselves accountable for them. We will continue to serve our community with integrity and honor through our actions while dedicating ourselves to improving ourselves, our department, and our relationships with the community.

Innovation:  We believe innovation is crucial in a constantly evolving world to create a learning organization and develop new practices to achieve our mission.



Together the employees of the Mentor-on-the-Lake Police strive to protect and to serve the citizens of Mentor-on-the-Lake and its visitors. The Police Officer assignments break down as one Chief, one Lieutenant, two Sergeants, six Full-Time Patrol Officers, multiple Part-Time Patrol Officers, and one Detective. The support personnel includes three Full-Time Dispatchers who also handle all Records and Court preparation, multiple Part-Time Dispatchers, and one Administrative Assistant.



Provide for the enforcement and prosecution of criminal and traffic law; maintain a visible and effective means of preventing criminal activity in order to promote a safe community; maintain a jail to house prisoners awaiting court appearances and serving misdemeanor sentences issued by Mentor Municipal Court.  Traffic law enforcement, accident investigations, and criminal investigations; respond to calls for service from the public; provide officers for calls to reduce conflicts that result from domestic, neighborhood or civil conflicts; respond to calls and provided information to the government agencies; investigate all hazards to the public and call on other agencies to resolve the hazard.



When Mentor-on-the-Lake incorporated as a Village on May 11,1925, the mayor appointed, George A. Hausman, as Police Justice of the Village by Village ordinance # 9. Ordinance 71-6, passed on February 12, 1971, and proclaimed the Village of Mentor-on-the-Lake to be the “City” of Mentor-on-the-Lake. The Police Department was originally housed in a garage behind the existing City Hall complex, where the playground now exists. In 1973, the Police Department was moved into the City Hall complex, where we still currently occupy.