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North Ridgeville Auxiliary Police are a valuable and productive branch of the North Ridgeville Police Department. Auxiliary officers donate their time and talents to help maintain the safety and well being of our citizens, and perform many departmental duties that enhance the overall productivity of the police department.

Auxiliary officers assist with parades, Mayors Court security, the 4th of July fireworks, and many other specialized functions. They also conduct vacation watch home checks, assist with prisoner care, and open doors for citizens who have locked themselves out of their cars.

The Auxiliary Police currently have a membership of thirteen officers. These officers routinely patrol the city in two person cars, and assist the North Ridgeville Police in providing service to the community.

The Auxiliary Police provide their services under the direction of North Ridgeville Police Lt. Tony Lee.  If you are interested in becoming an auxiliary officer, please stop by the Police Department and request an auxiliary application.


Explorers North Ridgeville Police Department Explorer Program began in 1997. The primary function of the program is to provide the youth of North Ridgeville, both male and female, an opportunity to have a first hand look at law enforcement. They participate in classes in various police and criminal justice subjects, and are exposed to a host of other opportunities within law enforcement.

Members of North Ridgeville's Explorer Post have fulfilled internships at Elyra Municipal court, assisting Judge Musson and his staff. One of our members was selected from hundreds of other applicants to attend the National Police Explorer conference in Washington, D.C. Many of our former members are currently serving our country in various branches of the military, including one who now serves in the United States Army as an agent with the Criminal Investigation Division.

The explorer program is supervised by Sgt. Matt Gorski with assistance from Ptlm. Bryan Hartnett.

For more information, contact Sgt. Matt Gorski at 440-327-2191.


The North Ridgeville Police Department has had a Chaplain program in place since April of 2002. The program began shortly after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

The program is designed to assist officers in emergencies where the Chaplain's services would be of benefit to departmental personnel or the public, and to act as a resource for agency personnel or the public in spiritual or specialized matters. When requested, and at the request of the Chief of Police, the Chaplains may serve at public functions such as banquets and city sponsored events.

The Chaplain program was served well by our first Chaplain, David Woods, who resigned from the program in 2007 after a pastoral transfer to southern Ohio. Currently, Chaplain Brian Palmer serves the citzens of North Ridgeville and the Police Department.
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