Orange Village Police Department

The Orange Village Police Department is comprised of 15 full-time officers, 1 part-time officers and a K-9 officer. These officers provide round the clock protection for our residents. Our officers and employees work very diligently in partnership with Village officials and the Orange Village community to ensure that the Village remains a safe and secure environment in which to live and work. The mission of the Orange Police Department is to achieve excellence in service, protection and enforcement; and to preserve professionalism, integrity, proficiency and education.

Our department provides a number of community related programs to enhance interaction and understanding among the residents which include a neighborhood watch program, Safety Town Program for pre-school children which is scheduled each summer to teach youngsters the importance of general safety, as well as a Juvenile Diversion Program which reaches out to schools and community organizations to help troubled kids get back on the right track.

The Police Department has many different units which assist in all aspects of Police work, they are: Citizens Police Academy, Detective Bureau, Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, Citizens Emergency Response Team, Computer Forensics Unit and the Valley Enforcement SWAT, Hostage Negotiation & Accident Investigation teams.

We want positive interaction with our citizens which will benefit all of us. In conclusion, it is a honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of the great Village of Orange.

Christopher Kostura
Chief of Police

Community involvement and crime prevention are the goals of this department.

Job Opening
We are accepting applications for a PART time police officer.

If you are interested, and you are OPOTA certified, please pick up an application at the police department 8A-4P Monday through Friday.


Burglary is largely a crime of opportunity that can be prevented by taking a few simple steps to “Harden” the target, which is your home. Click here to learn more
  • If you have an alarm system,
    USE IT (even at night)!
  • Lock your doors and windows when home or away!
    (don’t forget rear sliding doors)
  • Remove keys form the ignition of your vehicles (cars in the garage too)!
  • Use perimeter lighting (motion lights)!
  • Be observant!
  • Don’t keep car keys, purses, wallets etc. in the kitchen or by exterior doors!
  • All suspicious activity should be reported via the 911 system!
With a little effort, observation, and team work, we can reduce the instances of successful burglaries and increase our chances of apprehension at the same time.


Menacing Wolf-coyote Hybrids Invading America's Cities
An published by "The Week" sheds light on the growing number of coyotes in our cities. Click here to read the article.
Local Coyote Sightings
We would like to remind our residents of what to do if you see a coyote near your home.

Per the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in highly developed areas. This is often not cause for alarm. Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated. Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote in the Buckeye State.

1. Understand that coyotes are common throughout Ohio’s 88 counties and are regularly seen within city limits. Read more about coyotes at

2. There are no wolves living in the wild in Ohio.

3. If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all “attractants” to deter the coyote from returning. This includes removing garbage and pet food primarily before nightfall and cleaning up around the grill. Do not feed coyotes directly.

4. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes. Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially after nightfall) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.

5. Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn’t, throw objects like rocks at it to scare it away. A coyote that loses its fear of humans could potentially become a threat.

6. If the coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after removing attractants from your yard, contact a nuisance trapper. Nuisance trappers use highly regulated techniques to reduce urban wildlife conflicts. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly “Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations” digest for more information.

Vacation Notice
Notify the Orange Village Police Department when you will be away from home.

Emergency Contact
Providing emergency contact information can save hours!
Did you know ...
Ohio was the first state in the US that allows you to voluntarily provide Emergency Contact Information within the records of your Ohio Drivers License or Ohio State ID? Why is this important to you?
It’s important because it is difficult for law enforcement to find your family members if you are hurt and can’t tell them who to call!

  • If you are injured, and unable to speak, the only info law enforcement has to find your loved ones is the address on your drivers license
  • Is someone always at that address?
  • Average time to unite loved ones is SIX hours
  • Voluntarily providing your Emergency Contact Information means First Responders can find your loved ones in minutes, not HOURS
  • It’s FREE, SECURE, and takes just a couple of minutes
Go to or to enter your emergency contact information.

Please contact us if you need more information. My family and I worked with our law enforcement and government officials to create this law after my son was involved in an accident and it took seven long hours to find me. He died from his injuries.

Stay safe and protect your family,
Linda Wuestenberg

Law Career
Teens - Are you interested in a career in law enforcement?
Orange Village and Solon Police Departments are offering an opportunity for young adults, at least 14 years of age and graduates of the eight grade through 20 years of age, the opportunity to explore a career in law enforcement. More... This comprehensive program includes training, competition, service and practical experiences. Meetings will be held every Thursday from 6:00 pm until 8:30 pm. More information and eligibility requirements will be available soon on our web site. You may also contact Explorer Post Leader, Patrol Officer Court Perkins via email at

Child Passenger Safety Program
The objective of the Orange Police Department Child Passenger Safety Program is to provide up-to-date information on child passenger safety seats, to educate residents how to properly install their car seats, and to promote safety for all children. The Orange Police Department Child Passenger Safety Seat Program has 3 certified child passenger safety seat technicians (CPS). To make an appointment please contact:

Sergeant Mike Debeljak (440) 287-5234

Sergeant Jason Marvin (440) 287-5235

Sergeant Mike Roberts (440) 287-5233

See the Child Restraint Law.

Attention all bicyclists! The laws of the road apply to bicyclists
just as they do for all other motorists.

If you don t follow the rules of the road you may be cited into traffic court for the infraction.

These rules are in affect for the safety of YOU, the cyclist, and everyone else on the roadway. Below is a list of the most often observed infractions by your local police officers.

1. STOP SIGNS Simply slowing down and coasting through an intersection is dangerous and not legal.

2. PASSING ON RIGHT When approaching slowing or stopped traffic, you need to take your place in line and not pass the other vehicles on the roadway.

3. EQUIPMENT- All bicycles on the roadway must be equipped with front, rear, and side reflectors, front and rear illumination (for night time operation). You must have a horn or bell and working brakes at all times DAY or NIGHT!

4. FAILURE TO INDICATE- All riders must know and use hand signals when changing course of direction or stopping.

5. WRONG SIDE OF ROADWAY- Remember, YOU ALWAYS ride with the flow of traffic and walk against the flow of traffic!

By adhering to these rules you will make the streets a safer place for yourselves and motorists alike!

Bicycle Safety & AAA Helmet Smart Campaign
Proper bicycle safety requires knowing the rules of the road, and wearing safety helmets.

The Orange Village Police Department and community are proud to participate in the AAA Helmet Smart campaign. Through this campaign we are encouraging parents to take an active role in their children's safety by having children wear helmets when riding their bikes.

This summer Orange Village police officers will issue a safety citation when they witness a bicyclist wearing a safety helmet. The citation can be redeemed at David's Pizza Connection as a five dollar gift certificate. The recipient of the citation will also be eligible for a drawing for bicycles from AAA.

Your child's bicycle is considered a vehicle and use of helmets can prevent serious injuries. As a reminder, under local Orange Village codified ordinance 372.12, children between the ages of five and sixteen years old are required to wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.


Dispatch Center Receives Federal Grant

The Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have awarded the Chagrin Valley Dispatch Center $784,050.00 in one of the largest local grant awards in recent history. The grant award was administered through the Orange Village Fire Department and utilizes funds in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program also known as AFG. The grant award will require a 10% share for all purchases. These shared funds will be assumed by all member communities that belong to the recently formed regional dispatch center located in the University Hospitals Bedford Medical Center.

Click here to read the press release.
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Orange Village Police Department is now offering R.A.D. for women.

Please help the Police and Fire Departments by making sure your ADDRESS is CLEARLY POSTED on your mail box and or the front of your home. This saves precious time in an emergency!

Shaq Shield is a free iPhone app that provides parents with the tools and knowledge they need to protect their children from online predators. Features of the app include:

  • A Sex Offender Registry search
  • Internet safety tips
  • Glossary of Internet terminology
  • Lingo used by children online
  • Pledges by parents and children for shared internet responsibility
Guard your children from online predators. Download Shaq Shield from the iTunes App Store today.

Please click here to download the app to your iPhone.

Job Opening

The Orange Village Police Department may be hiring soon.

If you are interested, and you are OPOTA certified, please pick up an application at the police department 8A-4P Monday through Friday.

ORANGE VILLAGE 4600 Lander Rd. Orange Village, Ohio 44022 440-498-4400