Several times during the year, the Norwalk Police Department provides juvenile fingerprinting and photographing through the Safe Assured ID System. The Safe Assured ID System captures the juvenile’s photograph and fingerprints on a mini-CD which the guardian retains. Should a juvenile run-a-way or be kidnapped, the guardian can take the mini-CD to a local law enforcement agency to assist in the investigation.
This service is offered at various local events. Dates for the service will be posted on this website and the Norwalk Police Department's Facebook Page when they become available.
The Norwalk Police Department fingerprints INDIVIDUALS needing a BCI (State of Ohio) and/or FBI (Federal) fingerprinting background check. The fee for a BCI or FBI only check is $30. The fee for both is $60. INDIVIDUALS requesting a check must apply in person at the Norwalk Police Department, 37 N. Linwood Avenue. For complete details on the procedure, please click here.
Tours of the police department and jail are available for schools and community groups, as well as interested individuals. Feel free to call the non-emergency number at 419-663-6780 to schedule a tour.
Public Records Request
Requests for police records may be made at the Norwalk Police Department from 6:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Requests for public records shall be evaluated on an individual basis. No specific language is required to make a request. However, the requestor must at least supply sufficient information with sufficient clarity to allow the City to 1) understand that a request has been made, and 2) identify, retrieve and review the requested records.
The City shall respond to each request for public records promptly and within a reasonable period of time.
• Only records of incidents occurring in Norwalk city limits are available.
• Records of on-going investigations can not be released.
• Records dating prior to computerization of the department in 1991 will not be searched unless specifically requested.
While requests for public records do not have to be in writing and the requestor does not have to disclose his or her identity, address, or intended use of the documents, requests for public records should normally be made upon the “Public Record Request Form.”
The cost for records is dependent upon the number of pages and type of media upon which the records are provided. Click here for a complete copy of the City of Norwalk Public Records Policy, which includes the fee schedule.
For questions or to make a request over the phone, please call the records department at the Norwalk Police Department at 419-663-6780 during normal business hours.
Safety Town Program
Safety Town is a free program designed to teach children entering kindergarten a variety of lessons that will help them stay safe, from obeying traffic lights to crossing streets to bike safety.
Co-sponsored by the Norwalk Police Department and the Norwalk Rotary Club, Safety Town is held at the Main Street School each summer. D.A.R.E. graduates and older students assist the police department as instructors and helpers.
Safety Town participants watch movies and discuss traffic lights, stop signs, crossing intersections, bicycle safety, strangers, gun safety, railroads, police officers, school bus and general safety on drugs, matches, fire and poisons. The children are involved in active learning activities as well as traditional classroom work. All children are placed in small groups assigned to teenage role models who are trained to help provide a positive learning environment.
Each Safety Town session is four days. There is no charge for the program and all materials are provided. You can register your child through the Norwalk City Schools, Norwalk Catholic Schools, or at the Norwalk Police Department lobby. Registration begins in May for each of the five sessions.
Crime Prevention Program
Crime Prevention extends the shield of protection beyond the services the Norwalk Police Department provides every day. Upon request, Crime Prevention Officers can speak at your Community Civic Association, groups/organizations regarding crime problems. Crime Prevention Officers may also provide published general information about specific crimes or tailor or assist in tailoring programs to address community concerns of a specific or unusual crime pattern.
The Norwalk Police Department teaches D.A.R.E. to all 5th grade students in the public and parochial school system in the City of Norwalk. The Norwalk Police Department has been providing this service to our community for over 20 years.
D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is an internationally recognized, model program created in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Unified School District. D.A.R.E. provides students from kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to recognize and resist pressures to experiment with drugs and to avoid gangs and violence. Lessons emphasize self-esteem, decision making, interpersonal communications skills, the consequences of drug abuse, conflict resolution and positive alternatives to substance abuse.
The most important facet of D.A.R.E is the use of specially trained police officers to deliver the curriculum within the schools. Police Officers are accepted as authorities on drug abuse, as they deal with drug abuse and its consequences on a daily basis. Officers are trained by the Law Enforcement Foundation. The Law Enforcement Foundation has the sole permission to train D.A.R.E. Officers in Ohio.
Sergeant David Daniels is Norwalk's certified D.A.R.E. Officer. Sergeant Daniels participates in various community activities involving drug abuse awareness. Please feel free to contact Sergeant Daniels at the Norwalk Police Department, 419-663-6780, if you would like any further information on D.A.R.E. or to schedule a presentation.