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The Norton Police Department
is located behind the
Norton Safety and Administration building at

4060 Columbia Woods Dr.
Norton OH  44203
Hours: 24 hours a day

Police Chief:
John Dalessandro



is the emergency telephone number system that links to the appropriate emergency service Ė
Police, Fire, or EMS.

An emergency is a situation where
the safety of people
or property is at risk, for example:
A fire, a crime in progress, or a medical emergency.

It is NOT an emergency when the situation is not dangerous and immediate action is not necessary.

The 9-1-1 telephone system has an Automatic Location Identification System and an Automatic Number Identification System (ANI/ALI) that lets the dispatcher know the address and telephone number
you are calling from.

When calling 9-1-1, be prepared to give
the following information:

 Name, address and telephone number.

The nature of the emergency.

An exact location of where the emergency has occurred.

NON-Emergency Dispatch


Police Business Line 

during the hours of 8:00a - 4:00p



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  • The nature of the emergency
  • An exact location of wh

   Police Department Employees

Police Chief John Dalessandro


Sgt. Ryan Burnette

Sgt. Brett McShane

Sgt. Larry Lane

Sgt. Dennis McDonald

Det. John Canterbury Ptl. Heather Bauer

Ptl. Chris Besse

Ptl. William Braman

Ptl. Zachary Burch

Ptl. Ryan Connell

Ptl. Sean Conner Ptl. Brody Fratantonio

Ptl. Jon Karnuth

Ptl Cody Mitchen

Ptl. Joshua Pond

Ptl. Jason Sams

Ptl. Scott Seabolt Ptl. Ryan Seeker

Ptl. Kevin Starling


Brix - Patroldog

Office Manager- Paula Fisher



DUI Enforcement
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 Motherís Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999 and 2003.  In addition, several Norton police officers have been honored as Law Enforcement Officerís 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). 


The Vision of the Norton Police Department
The City of Norton is a growing community with ever-changing needs.  We foresee a bright future.  As dedicated law enforcement professionals, the members of the Norton Police Department are prepared to meet the challenges ahead. We will achieve this by working proactively with the members of our community to ensure the safety and
well being of all.  

Our Goals: include, but are not limited to,
the following:
To provide the best in quality service to earn the publicís trust and confidence, to reduce instances of crime and the fear of crime, to reduce traffic crashes and related traffic issues, to empower our employees to proactively meet the challenges we face and to continue to develop partnerships with our community.


Our Values:The mission of the Norton Police Department will be accomplished by remaining dedicated to the following values:  Respect for human life, Honesty and Integrity, Pursuit of excellence, Loyalty to our community, Accountability for our actions and decisions and Fairness to all without regard to race, creed, or religion.

Norton was incorporated as a Village in 1961 and
Forest C. Diefendorff was appointed as the first
Chief of Police. 
Chief Diefendorff served in this capacity until his retirement in 1989. 
Thomas E. Walters was then appointed Chief in late 1989 and served until March 1993.

On September 1, 1993, Norton Police Sgt Greg Carris was sworn in as the departmentís third Chief of Police. 
Chief Carris retired on May 9, 2008 after serving our community for
30+ years. 
On May 8, 2008,
Lt. Thad Hete was
appointed to serve as the
Interim Police Chief
until such time that a permanent Chief is named.

On February 17, 2009 Chief Thad Hete was introduced to Council as Norton's fourth Police Chief.  Chief Hete was officially sworn in by Mayor David L. Koontz on February 19, 2009.

Chief Hete retired on September 19, 2014 and Sgt John Dalessandro took the position of Interim Police Chief until such time that a permanent Chief is named.

On November 19, 2014 Chief John Dalessandro was officially sworn in as the City's fifth Police Chief by Mayor Mike Zita.

Thomas R. Weiss Memorial Award
Thomas R. Weiss was a dispatcher
with the City of Norton for 28 years. 
He lost his battle with cancer in 1999. 
In memory of Tomís dedication and excellence in public safety communications, an award was created in his honor.  The award is given each year to a dispatcher/telecommunicator from Summit County who has performed above and beyond the call of duty.


Year 2010 Kara E. Farkas Stow Police Department
Denise M. Sizemore Copley-Norton Communications Center
Year 2012 Copley-Norton Communications Center Copley-Norton Communications Center

National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial

President George Bush dedicated the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in 1991. 
It honors all of Americaís federal, state and local law enforcers. 
The Memorial is located on Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C. 
Inscribed on the Memorialís blue-gray marble walls are the names
of more than 14,000 officers who have been killed in the line of duty, dating back to the first known death in 1794.
Norton Police Officer, Dallas Jackson died in the line of duty on October 25, 1973.  (Panel 52, E-14)