Westshore Enforcement Bureau Task Force

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) serves a combined population of over 325,000 residents of the Northeast Ohio cities of Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River, and Westlake.  WEB has units established for Narcotics and Vice, SWAT, Crisis Negotiation, Bomb, Hazmat and Crowd Control.    Each city details officers to be a part of these units, resulting in well-trained, multi-jurisdictional teams.  The Bay Village Police Department has officers specifically trained to handle the responsibilities of these units.  To learn more about the Westshore Enforcement Bureau.

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Bomb Squad

These officers are available to investigate suspicious packages or devices. All bomb squad officers have trained at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama.  The Bay Village Police Department contributes one officer to this highly technical position.

Crisis Negotiation Team

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Crisis Negotiation Team is comprised of fifteen police officers and detectives under the command of Fairview Park PD Lt. Paul Shepard. Sgt. Kathleen Leisure, Det. Jay Elish and Off. Mark Palmer are the Bay Village Department members on the team.  Today's unit is a highly trained, experienced and cohesive unit prepared to respond to any crisis. 

The members of the CNT are available 24 hours per day, seven days a week.  Over the last decades, the WEB CNT has responded to numerous situations in all six communities.   These situations include lone barricaded subjects, suicidal individuals, and active shooters with hostages.  The WEB CNT operates mainly out of a command post vehicle, which is provided through the combined efforts of the WEB communities.  The combined CNT has decades of negotiator experience. 


The WEB SWAT team is comprised of thirty-two full time police officers and three full time firemen/paramedics. The SWAT Team is a specially trained, highly motivated unit capable of responding to any incident where special weapons and tactics are needed

The Westshore Enforcement Bureau S.W.A.T. Team handles the execution of high risk warrants,  barricaded persons, hostage rescue, crowd control and all high-risk operations involving surveillance, buy-bust, protection details, open air containment and search. 

The City of Bay Village contributes four police officers and two paramedics to this unit.  The officers undergo extensive monthly training to prepare for their roles as operators and counter-snipers. 

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