The department has earned a reputation for its strict enforcement of DUI violations. The efforts of the department have been recognized both locally and statewide. The Norton Police Department was named Law Enforcement Agency of the Year by the Summit County chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2003.
In addition, several Norton police officers have been honored as Law Enforcement Officer's of the Year by MADD. The Ohio Department of Public Safety has also recognized the Norton Police Department for their support and cooperation with the Habitual DUI Offender Tally Program (HOT).