Enhancing the Quality of Life 

The Oberlin Police Department’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in our community through the protection of life and property, fair and unbiased law enforcement, and community partnerships. If a citizen, at any time, feels a police employee has acted in a manner which is abusive or unprofessional, we urge you to report this matter. Here is a guide to the Citizen Complaint Process. Our goal is to provide quality police service.

Our Core Values Guide All Our Actions

The Oberlin Police Department currently has seventeen full-time sworn officers and thirteen civilian employees. The Department additionally has an Auxiliary Police unit and a Police Explorer post. Specialized units include investigations, juvenile, crime prevention, honor guard, drug enforcement, K-9 unit and bicycle patrol. For a small agency, the Oberlin Police Department has excellent technical equipment, vehicles, facilities, and training opportunities.


Oberlin Police Department recognizes its most important resources are the members of the department and the citizens of the community, and realizes that only through a true partnership can there be success.


Oberlin Police Department will treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner and demonstrate an understanding of their cultural diversity in dealing with the public in our public and private contacts.


Oberlin Police Department will uphold the highest moral and ethical standards. We serve with honesty and pride in maintaining the public’s trust and will accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.


Oberlin Police Department is committed to ensuring those citizens who require the Department’s services will receive the quality and expertise of a true law enforcement professional.

Vision Statement

To provide the best possible opportunity to live, work and raise a family in a safe community, by preserving the peace and by reducing both the reality and perception of crime.

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