Welcome to the Akron Police Department's Transparency Hub!
AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT’S MISSION STATEMENTOur Mission is to serve the community of Akron in a collaborative effort to enhance the quality of life through crime prevention, enforcement of laws, promotion of safety and reduction of fear.
In addition to our mission statement, we are committed to increasing our services and connections available to and with the community.
AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT CRIME STATISTICS:
- Crime Snapshot: Monthly Chief's Dashboard
- Crime Statistics: Community Crime Maps for city-wide crimes and location searches
- Report Lookup: Read a specific report or group of reports by crime type and/or area
MEET YOUR AKRON POLICE PERSONNEL AND CITY OF AKRON COUNCIL MEMBERS:
- Click Here to Learn More About Your Akron Police Investigative Subdivision
- Click Here to Learn More About Your Akron Police Services Subdivision
- Click Here to Learn More About Your Akron Police Uniform Subdivision
- Click Here to Learn More About Your Akron Police Office of Professional Standards and Accountability
- Click Here for Akron City Council YouTube Channel: Live streams and archives of council's public meetings including committee meetings, public hearings, special meetings and regular council meetings. Council committees meet Monday afternoons and the full council meets at 7 p.m. Monday evenings. Council recesses during August. Look on this channel for the meetings regarding Reimagining Public Safety - Accountability and Transparency Working Group.
- Please see the charts below highlighting our officer gender and race breakdown, current as of October 2023:
AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT PROCEDURES:
- Click Here for our Akron Police Procedures. Police Procedures are categorized by Administrative, Communications, Equipment and Technology, General Operations, Patrol Operations, Traffic Operations and Use of Force.
- Click Here for the Officer of Professional Standards and Accountability Internal Standard Operating Police Manual for our department.
AKRON POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS:
Akron Police Community Relations (PCR): PCR consists of officers who are dedicated to collaborating with the community members and partners to strengthen relationships and enhance public trust. PCR is responsible for programming in the community that supports the Mission Statement for the department with a specific focus on enhancing the quality of life through crime prevention and reduction of fear. PCR includes: Lt. Miller, Sgt. Bauknecht, Officer Natko and Administrative Assistant M. Hentosz.
Click Here for Akron Police's Official Facebook page
Click Here to sign up for and find out about NIXLE alerts
Click Here for Akron Police on Instagram
Click Here for Akron Police Twitter Feed
Click Here for information regarding our Community Relations Department, including:
- Click Here for our Akron Police Explorers Page, in addition to the Akron Police Explorer Facebook Page
- Alarm Questions
- APD Monthly Community Relations Newsletter
- Do The Right Thing
- Gun Safety
- Home Safety
- Business Safety
- Inventory Your Valuables
- Safe Exchange Zone
- Find a list of all Events and Programs they provide on their page!
AKRON POLICE GUN VIOLENCE REDUCTION TEAM:
Gun Violence Reduction Team consists of one sergeant and five detectives. It was started in April 2014 when the Akron Police Department started working with the Ohio Attorney General's Office on looking at violent crimes involving guns. Shortly thereafter the department adopted Project Safe Neighborhoods, also known as Operation Ceasefire. Operation Ceasefire was the beginning of a more directed focus on gun crimes in our city. The Mission Statement for the Gun Violence Reduction Unit is to lower the violent crime rate using the principals of the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative to target the most violent offenders in the community. These individuals participate in gun violence with recklessness and disregard for the safety of the citizens of Akron.
AKRON POLICE CRIME SCENE UNIT:
The Crime Scene Unit is commanded by a lieutenant. There are three shifts that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The three shifts each consist of four detectives and a sergeant. They are responsible for documentation and evidence collection at major crime scenes and whenever they are asked to assist. They fulfill many other duties at the police station.
The Body Worn Camera Unit (BWC) is operated by two detectives who are supervised by the dayshift CSU sergeant. They liaison with the city legal department to fulfill public records requests and city, county, and federal prosecutor requests for electronically stored evidence and video. They are also responsible for the maintenance and issuing of BWC's.
Based out of the Crime Scene Unit, the BWC Unit oversees: the training of APD personnel in the cameras and associated technologies; uploading of digital videos produced; and Evidence.com, a cloud based digital evidence storage system. The BWC Unit conducts redactions of digital videos pursuant to public records requests and Ohio law. The detectives create digital files of videos and other evidence on Evidence.com and share those with Akron City and Summit County Prosecutors. In addition, the BWC Unit works on outside digital videos for investigators from other units using advanced video forensic software. The BWC Unit has been involved in preparing digital video evidence for prosecutions of murders and other violent crimes captured on video, as well as officer involved shooting incidents.
Citizens can submit photo and video evidence for an existing case report through Evidence.com by contacting the Akron Police Department.
The Computer Forensic Unit consists of a sergeant and a detective. The unit gathers data/evidence from electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, surveillance systems and digital storage devices.