44 North Forest Street
Geneva, Ohio 44041
The Division of Police is specifically charged with protecting the life and property through the prevention of crime, the apprehension of criminals, the recovering of lost and stolen property and the fair and impartial enforcement of the ordinances of the city of Geneva, the laws of the State of Ohio, and the laws of the United States of America.
The Police Department has twelve full-time officers and four full-time dispatchers. The Police Department is characterized by a highly trained staff, coupled with advanced technology and communication equipment. Additionally,the department provides countless public services beyond the traditional law enforcement role.
Ashtabula County has implemented SwiftReach’s Swift911™ alerting solution. This will allow us to alert our community with emergency messages and provide information on how to take action.
Sign up for Swift911 here.
Interested in receiving up-to-the-minute traffic updates from the Ohio State Highway Patrol? Sign up for Nixle, a mass notification system that sends geolocated information to you through phone, email or on the web. It’s a great way to stay informed and safe—and it’s totally free for you.
You can sign up by texting your zipcode to 888777 or visiting statepatrol.ohio.gov and looking for the Nixle widget on the right side. For more information on how Nixle works and to sign up, visit their website.
Next Of Kin Data Base
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles now offers you the opportunity to voluntarily provide emergency contact information. Take advantage of this by visiting their website.
Active Shooter: How to Respond Resource Materials
DHS has developed a series of materials to assist businesses, government offices, and schools in preparing for and responding to an active shooter.
It is illegal to use or possess tobacco products under the age of eighteen (18). Vendors must obtain a permit from the city to sell tobacco products.
Under the age of thirteen (13) is 9:00pm. Thirteen (13) and older is 10:30pm Sunday-Thursday and 12:00 midnight Friday and Saturday.
Police Department History
- March 12, 1867: Calvin Bartholomew was appointed borough marshal. First recorded lawman in Geneva history.
- 1871: Full-time night watchman and four reserve watchmen appointed.
- 1914: Charles Maltbie became village constable.
- May 27, 1929: A motion was passed by Geneva Village Council for the organization of a police force.
- Carl Pangburn and Howard Stowe became the first officers of the Geneva Police Department.
- 1929: Geneva Police Department’s first police cruiser, a blue Ford Touring car purchased for $495.00.
- April 3, 1958: Geneva became a city and Herbert Riedel, formerly the marshal for the police department, became it’s first police chief.
- 1963: Police radio equipment was purchased.
- 1976: The nations Bicentennial was celebrated with a Bicentennial Police Car.
- 1992: Computers used by police department.
- 1995: Geneva’s Community oriented policing (COPS) begins.
- 1997: Geneva’s first School Resource Officer (SRO).
- 1999-2000: Mobile Data system-computers enter the police cars.
More Links & Phone Numbers
- Ashtabula County Information Services: 211
- Ashtabula County Dog Warden: 440-576-6538
- Ashtabula County Juvenile Court: 440-994-6000
- Ashtabula County Courts System: courts.co.ashtabula.oh.us
- Adult Protective Services: 440-994-2020 www.cdss.ca.gov
- Child & Passenger Safety Laws: +1 800-755-GROW
- Children’s Services: 440-998-1811
- Home Safe: 440-992-2727
- Victims Rights Toolkit: Marsy’s Law: Victims Tool Kit
- National Crime Prevention Council: www.ncpc.org
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: www.nhtsa.dot.gov
- Northwest Ambulance (Non Emergency): 440-466-4900
- Ohio Crime Prevention Association: www.ocpa-oh.org
- Ohio Department of Public Safety: Ohio Department of Public Safety
- Ohio Transportation Information System: www.ohgo.com
- Victim Notification Program: victim-notification registration
- Victim of Crime: 440-576-3523
- Western County Court: 440-466-1184
44 North Forest Strewet
Geneva, Ohio 44041
The primary response district of the Geneva Fire Department is Geneva City and Geneva Township. The membership of the Geneva Fire Department is very proud to serve the citizens in the city and township. The department is available 24 hours a day to assist with a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency situations. Please call the fire department and use us as a resource, we will make every effort to help you resolve your issue.
Geneva Fire Explorer Post
A career development program to train boys and girls ages 14 to 21 in community service and fire fighting. All Ashtabula County and Madison are eligible to join the Explorer Post. Participants train at the scenes of fires and other calls using ladder trucks, agility tests, hazardous materials cleanup, ice rescue with the U.S. Coast Guard and in first aid with Northwest Ambulance District. Besides fighting fires, post members learn behind the scenes lessons about community service. They also go rock climbing and white water rafting. For more inform at in on Geneva Fire Department Explorer Post call 440-466-3321.
Fire Department Services Offered
- Courtesy Home Inspections
- Commercial Occupancy Inspections
- Juvenile Fire Setter Counseling
- Free Smoke Detectors
- Fire Station and Truck Tours
- Fire Prevention Talks to Schools, Local Businesses & Local Organizations
- Fire Extinguisher Training
- Fire Safety Trailer
Fire Department History
The department was formed in 1860, and is the second oldest department in the county. The original fire station was located at the corner of South Broadway and Park Street from 1868 until 1934. The station was then moved to the converted armory at the corner of East Main Street and Forest Street. During this time period the station was first manned with one man on duty 24 hours a day. During the 1959 election the citizens of Geneva passed, by 82%, an $85,000 bond issue to build the current 4 bay station and buy a $32,000 American LaFrance pumper. Geneva Township passed, by 77%, a 2 mill levy to purchase 2 new trucks, an engine and a tanker, and continue contracting with the city for fire protection. Geneva hired Gary Farley as it’s first full time Fire Chief in 1979. The department traveled into unknown waters in 1981 with the joint purchase, with Saybrook Township Fire Department, of a refurbished 1968 Pitman Snorkel. This truck served the area well until its replacement in 1995 by a refurbished 1985 Sutphen 65 foot ladder. In 2003 a new 1500 pumper with a built in CAFS foam unit was purchased to replace a 1984 pumper. The Geneva Fire Department currently serves Geneva City and Township with a roster of one full time Chief, three Full time Firefighters, a part-time permanent Assistant Chief for inspections and zoning needs and twenty-nine paid on call firefighters. Our fleet consists of a 2000gpm CAFS Pumper, 1500gpm CAFS pumper, a 100 foot 1500gpm aerial platform ladder truck, a brush fire truck, heavy rescue truck and a chief’s vehicle.