Road Patrol Division
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division provides regular patrols to the unincorporated areas of Lake County including Concord Township, Leroy Township, Painesville Township and Perry Township. Operations Captain Robert Izzo supervises this division of deputy sheriffs who provide day to day policing over approximately 88 square miles and an average population of approximately 50,000 residents.
These dedicated men and women work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year investigating crime, responding to emergencies, pro-actively implementing patrols to protect the citizens of Lake County, providing search and rescue … serving the public needs in a caring, courteous and professional manner to ensure the highest quality of life for all people.
Road Patrol Supervision
Throughout his 25-year career at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Paterson has served as a patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer, Detective, CVSA certified examiner, Quartermaster, Road Patrol Deputy Sergeant and Patrol Deputy Lieutenant, and Captain of the Road Patrol Division. He served 20 years on the Swat Team in roles of entry position and sniper. Capt. Paterson was also instrumental with his work toward the inception of our sheriff’s office Honor Guard Unit of which he remains a member. Capt. Paterson attended Lakeland Community College where he also graduated the basic police academy in 1996. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College and is also an FBI- LEEDA Trilogy recipient. Capt. Paterson is excited to transition into his new role as Road Patrol Division Commander. He looks forward to working with an outstanding Road Patrol staff in addition to all the wonderful county employees and officials.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division provides law enforcement services to the unincorporated areas of Lake County. These areas are Concord Township, Leroy Township, Painesville Township and Perry Township. The Road Patrol division is comprised of approximately 30 Deputy Sheriffs who provide proactive police services and response within approximately 88 square miles with an average population of approximately 55,000 residents.
The dedicated men and women within this division work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year responding to the needs of people in the community by investigating crime, responding to emergencies, patrolling, investigating traffic accidents, providing search and rescue and maintaining the public peace, while serving the community needs in a caring, courteous and professional manner to ensure the highest quality of life for all people.
The Road Patrol Deputies have jurisdiction county wide, but are focused on maintaining public safety for well over 55,000 residents while actively patrolling, enforcing laws and responding to calls in Painesville Township, Perry Township, Concord Township, and Leroy Township. The Lake County Sheriff Office is the primary law enforcement agency for these Townships and prides itself on professional public service. The Road Patrol Division is committed to quality service for the township residents which it serves.
The Road Patrol Division handles between 40,000 and 50,000 events annually. The division is funded in a unique manner as the Lake County Commissioners fund a number of Deputies to provide emergency response to all four townships. Additionally, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has contractual agreements with Concord Twp. and Painesville Twp. which provides additional funding for Deputies specifically assigned to provide service to those two townships.
Road Patrol Deputies are highly trained in areas of tactics, criminal investigations, firearms, traffic crash investigations, emergency vehicle operations, critical incident response, dealing with the mentally ill and de-escalation. The Deputies are expected to exercise this training while responding to calls, investigating criminal and non-criminal matters and conducting proactive patrols in the Townships. Traffic/OVI enforcement and drug interdiction are large components of the Patrol’s proactive initiatives and the Road Patrol Deputies are also expected to carry a case load of their own assigned criminal investigations which have not been assigned to the Detective Bureau. Many misdemeanor criminal cases are assigned to the responding Patrol Deputy to be investigated through the case’s completion.
Many Road Patrol Deputies accept positions of an ancillary nature that come with other responsibilities in specialized units. These specialized units are often outside of their daily responsibilities and require additional job specific training that are unique to each unit. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office maintains a S.W.A.T. Team, Marine Patrol, Dive Team, Bicycle Patrol, Unmanned Aerial Operations, a canine unit and a community relations liaison. In addition to these specialized units, Road Patrol Deputies are assigned to Riverside High School, Auburn Career Center and Lamuth Middle School as School Resource Officers. These Deputies provide security for the students and staff and these schools as well as investigate any matters that come before them while on duty at these institutions.
The efforts of the Road Patrol Deputies are an important facet in what makes the Townships of Lake County a safe and enjoyable place to live and they are dedicated to providing unparalleled service and protection to the Townships.
Road Patrol Supervisors:
Road Patrol Lieutenants
Lt. Ryan Kirschner (440)350-5533
Lt. Kevin Raico (440)350-5649
Lt. Zachary Ropos (440)350-5465
Road Patrol Sergeants (440)350-5508
Sgt. John Kelley
Sgt. Samer Musleh
Sgt. Matthew Pepperney
Sgt. Michal Suschak