Westshore Enforcement Bureau
The Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) serves a combined population of over 325,000 residents of the Northeast Ohio cities of:
- Bay Village
- Fairview Park
- North Olmsted
- Rocky River
WEB has units established for:
- Crisis Negotiation
- Hazardous Devices Unit
- Mobile Field Force
- Narcotics and Vice
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.
The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Crisis Negotiation Team (WEB CNT) is comprised of fifteen police officers and detectives under the command of Bay Village Police Department Detective Sergeant Jay Elish. Additionally, Lieutenant Mark Palmer, Detective Edward Chapman and Officer Kelly Uber 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.
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.
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 SWAT Team handles the execution of:
- All high-risk operations involving:
- Open air containment
- Protection details
- Barricaded persons
- Crowd control
- High risk warrants
- Hostage rescue
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.