Other Police Programs
Do Not Knock Registry
Request that your name and address are added to the Do Not Knock registry. The registry is a notice to peddlers or canvassers that they will not be permitted to call/stop at your address.
The form is located here
and can be submitted to the Moreland Hills Police Department via regular US mail or it can be dropped it off during normal business hours, M-F 8:00am-4:00pm at the Moreland Hills Police Station.
Speed Reckless Aggressive Drivers
The Moreland Hills Police Department is a member of the Cuyahoga County DUI Task Force and the Greater Cleveland Safe Kids/Safe Communities Coalition. DUI Task Force activities include heightened enforcement on Moreland Hills’ roadways to combat speed, reckless and aggressive driving as well as impaired driving. As active members, officers participate in public information and education campaigns geared toward traffic safety throughout the year.
Since 2005, the Moreland Hills Police Department has conducted traffic safety related activities. The activities focus on impaired driving. Officers conducted the “Walk and Turn Test,” one of the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, on participants who were wearing a pair of Fatal Vision Goggles. The intent for this activity is to simulate impairment while conducting the test and inform participants about the effects of alcohol on coordination.
The Moreland Hills Police Department also participated in the “Mock Crash” at Orange High School in 2007. The Mock Crash is aimed at teens around the Prom/Graduation Season. It was used to demonstrate the consequences of drinking and driving, riding in a car unrestrained, and riding with an impaired driver.
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
The Moreland Hills Police Department is an active participant in Parents Who Host, Lose the Most Campaign.
It is the objective of this campaign to educate parents and guardians about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen house parties. Further objectives include increased awareness of and compliance with the Ohio underage drinking laws.
Parents should know that:
- It is illegal to host or allow teen drinking parties in your home.
- It is unhealthy for anyone under age 21 to drink. It is unsafe and illegal for teens to drink and drive. Parents can be prosecuted under the law.
- Everything associated with a violation, such as personal property, can be confiscated.
What parents should know:
As a parent, you cannot give alcohol to your teen’s friends under the age of 21 under any circumstance, even in your own home, even with their parent’s permission. You cannot knowingly allow a person under 21, other than your own child, to remain in your home or on your property while consuming or possessing alcohol.
If you break the law:
- You can face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and/or a $1000 fine.
- Others can sue you if you give alcohol to anyone under 21, and they, in turn, hurt someone, hurt themselves or damage property.
- Officers can take any alcohol, money or property used in committing the offense.
Things you can do as a parent:
- Refuse to supply alcohol to anyone under 21.
- Be at home when your teen has a party.
- Make sure that alcohol is not brought into your home or property by your teen’s friends.
- Talk to other parents about not providing alcohol at other events your child will be attending.
- Create alcohol-free opportunities and activities in your home so teens will feel welcome.
- Report underage drinking to law enforcement.
AAA Safety Programs
Each year the Moreland Hills Police Department participates with other Cuyahoga County Police Departments in providing statistics and traffic control innovations which are provided to the American Automobile Association. This information is then used in an effort to minimize and reduce traffic and pedestrian accidents throughout the area. Moreland Hills Police Department has consistently received numerous awards and recognitions from the AAA for their results in accident prevention.
False Alarm Program
Moreland Hills Police Department is a member of the False Alarm Reduction Association. In an effort to educate our community, we are providing a link to our pamphlet titled: Residential False Alarm Prevention; Does Your Home Security System Cry Wolf?
Did you know?
- That the three major causes of false alarms are (1) user errors; (2) installation or service errors; and (3) equipment failures?
- That more than 80% of false alarms are related to preventable user errors?
- That 20% of alarm users cause 80% of all false alarms?
- Do you think alarmed locations are entitled to unlimited police response?
- Do you think you are at greater risk when police, accustomed to responding to chronic false alarms, respond to real emergency at your location?
The reality is that police resources are limited and should never be wasted. Thousands of police patrol hours are spent investigating alarm reports that turn out to be “False Alarms.”
What is a False Alarm?
“A false alarm is notification of an alarm to the police department when the responding authority finds no evidence of a criminal offense or attempted criminal offense.”
Common Causes of False Alarms
- Inadequate training of people allowed access to your security system (children, neighbors, cleaning personnel, real estate agents, guests, relatives, babysitters, service and delivery personnel, etc.).
- Weak system batteries.
- Open, unlocked or loose fitting doors and windows.
- Drafts from heaters and air conditioning systems that move plants, curtains, balloons, etc.
- Wandering pets.
- Take police and fire fighters away from real emergencies. This embarrassing situation endangers responding authorities and the whole community by needlessly diverting public safety resources.
- Desensitizes communities to actual incidents of crime and fire and can lead to neighbors ignoring your alarm when it goes off.
- Make your security system less reliable and credible.
- May make you reluctant to arm your system, exposing your home and property to undetected theft or fire.
- Cost citizens time, personal security and money, as many jurisdictions assess costly fines for excessive false alarms.
Moreland Hills Alarm Systems Ordinance
Section 1 Section 705.05 of the codified Ordinances is hereby amended to read in its entirety as follows:
705.05 ALARM USER RESPONSIBILITY; FALSE ALARMS
- All equipment used in the installation of an alarm system shall meet the applicable standards of the Underwriters Laboratories of the United States, Factory Mutual or the National Fire Protection Association or other recognized industry standard. The owner, installer or user may be required to submit evidence of the reliability and suitability of the equipment to be installed.
- No person except as permitted under subsection (c) hereof shall permit an alarm system to be maintained on any premises which the person owns, controls or possesses if more than four false alarms have been transmitted from the premises either directly or indirectly to the Moreland Hills Police Department during any twelve month period. An alarm shall be presumed to be a false alarm if the responding police personnel find no evidence of fire, smoke, robbery, burglary, vandalism, unauthorized intrusion or medical emergency. Upon the determination that an alarm was false, the police officer shall cause to be delivered to the premises a notice of that determination. The officer’s determination may be appealed to the Alarm Administrator within ten days thereafter.
- An alarm system may be maintained on premises from which more than four false alarms have been transmitted during any twelve month period only after a permit has been applied for and received from the Alarm Administrator to maintain an alarm system. No special permit shall be issued unless the following are complied with.