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Waite Hill Village
7215 Eagle Road
Waite Hill, Ohio 44094

Phone: (440) 942-1612
Fax: (440) 942-7567
Police Department
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• Mission Statement
We, the men and women of the Waite Hill Police Department, are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our Village by enhancing public safety through cooperative interaction with our community and with other public and outside agencies. We do not discriminate by reason of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disabilities, Viet Nam Era Veterans Status, or color.

We are committed to reducing fear by maintaining order and peace.

We are responsible for protecting life and property, enforcing laws, and taking all appropriate measures to combat crime.

We are organized, staffed and trained to maximize effective and efficient public service and to maintain a positive work environment to fulfill the mission of the Waite Hill Police Department in a manner that inspires the public's trust and confidence and protects the constitutional rights of each citizen.
• Our Values
Empathy We will treat all persons with compassion and understanding, always demonstrating our strong belief that one should always treat others, as they would like to be treated. All personnel who come into contact with citizens shall treat all citizens with extraordinary respect. We will treat all persons with dignity and respect, regardless of their race, creed, sex, or social position.

Professionalism Our demeanor, and our appearance, should be above reproach. An unkempt appearance reflects poorly on all of us. We will constantly strive to improve our skills, knowledge, and abilities to improve our performance.

Excellence By reaffirming our goal of overall excellence, we set the standard for pride and honor in ourselves and in our department, always being mindful that members of the Waite Hill Police Department, in both their professional and personal lives, are held to the highest standards of society.

Justice We are sworn to protect and preserve all human life. We will scrupulously observe the rights of all people, however, we will not coddle criminals. We will skillfully enforce the law fairly and impartially. Our decisions will be based on dedication, education, training, professionalism, and integrity.

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• Our Force
Chief Keith DeWitt
Chief DeWitt has served the Waite Hill Police Department since 1995. His professional experience in corrections, fire and EMT, and patrol and operations aspects of police work provide superb foundations for his role as Chief. With a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice / Administration, Chief DeWitt has further distinguished himself completing Police Executive Leadership College as well as the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA. Along with ongoing Leadership / Management schools and seminars, Chief DeWitt continues to champion the values of empathy, professionalism, excellence, and justice, throughout the Department, community, and region.
Sergeant Michael Walsh
Sergeant Walsh grew up in the City of Mentor and is a 1996 Mentor High School graduate. He joined the United States Military, Army, and was a paratrooper in 82nd Airborne. Graduating the Cleveland Heights Police Academy in January of 2000, he began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff for the Lake County Sheriff’s Dept. He is a nine (9) year member of the Waite Hill Police Dept. starting in April of 2003. Mike serves as the Department's Range Instructor and is a member of the West End SWAT team. He enjoys fishing, hunting and camping.
Officer Marci Gedeon
Officer Marci M. Gedeon has been employed with the Waite Hill Police Department since 2003. Besides the regular police duties, Officer Gedeon is responsible for records, evidence, and is an evidence technician. Officer Gedeon is a graduate of Eastlake North High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree at John Carroll University in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. She then earned her OPOTA certification from Lakeland Community College Basic Police Academy. Prior to being employed by the Village, Officer Gedeon worked for Painesville Municipal Court.
Officer Brian Beaumier
A native of Lake County, Officer Brian Beaumier has been employed with the Waite Hill Police Department since 2005.Officer Beaumier’s duties include being the defensive tactics instructor and vehicle maintenance officer. OfficerBeaumier is also a member of the Lake County Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit.Prior to being employed by the Village, Officer Beaumier worked for the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and the Boston Heights Police Department. He is agraduate of Cleveland State University where he played baseball and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Officer Beaumier received his OPOTA certification from the Cleveland Heights Police Academy. When not on patrol,Officer Beaumier enjoys reading and spending time with friends and family.
Officer Erik Quintillo
Officer Quintillo is a Lake County native and graduate of Wickliffe High School. He is also a graduate and received his OPOTA certification from Lakeland Community College's Basic Police Academy. Officer Quintillo was first sworn in on April 9, 2012 and is excited and dedicated to be serving the Village and its residents. Prior to joining the Department, he spent close to 20 years in IT and held positions ranging from technician to network design engineer. When not on duty, he enjoys spending time with his family and physical fitness.
Officer Arthur Lagerstedt
Officer Lagerstedt grew up in Ohio and California. He graduated from Mentor High School and from Bowling Green State University. A graduate of the Cleveland Heights Police Academy, Officer Lagerstedt is also a Lieutenant and Paramedic with the Painesville Township Fire Department. He was awarded the 2012 Jorge Medina Distinguished Service Award from the Lake County Blue Coats for assisting with the rescue of a mother and her two children from an apartment fire. Officer Lagerstedt enjoys working for the residents of Waite Hill and looks forward to many more years of keeping the Village safe.
Officer Thomas Swaidner
Officer Swaidner started part-time with our department May 16th, 2013. He is currently full-time with Russell Police Department and has served that department since 2007. Thomas is a native of Eastlake and a recent graduate of Lakeland Community College where he also graduated the police academy in 2006. Thomas is an outdoor enthusiast and always looks forward to watching his Cleveland sports teams. Tom is married and has a daughter.
Officer Charlie Cox
Patrolman Charles Cox is a Chardon resident and a 1988 graduate from Chardon High School. He graduated from the University of Toledo in 1993, then attended the Ohio Peace Officer Academy in Toledo immediately afterrwards. He began his police officer career with the Put-in-Bay Police Department working there for two years. Then he obtained a position with the City of Mentor Police Department in 1995. He is still a full time police officer with the City of Mentor holding positions on the SWAT Team, Evidence Tech Team and Mentor Police Athletic Association. Lastly, Patrolman Cox has family roots in Waite Hill, in that his father grew up at the corner of Hobart Road and Eagle Road.
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