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Chief Daniel J. Waterman

Police Chief
  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in January 1996. Promoted to Chief in 2017.
  • Bachelor's of Business in Finance from Kent State University.
  • Graduate of the Southern Police Institute's 126th Administrative Officers Command School in Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Completed Certified Law Enforcement Executive Course (CLEE) and the FBI LEEDA Supervisor, Command and Executive Leadership training. 
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Lt Toby Burgett

Administrative Lieutenant
  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in February 1998. Served as a detective, K9 supervisor, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, patrol lieutenant, investigations commander and patrol commander. Promoted to Administrative Lieutenant in May 2013.
  • Graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 273.
  • Completed Police Administrative Leadership School, Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE) and FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.
  • Serves as Acting Chief in the absence of the Police Chief.
 
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Lt Michael Slocum

Patrol Lieutenant
  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in November 2001. Served as a community service officer, field training officer, honor guard member, entry team member, patrol sergeant and administrative sergeant. Promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in October 2014. Also serves as Training Services Commander.
  • Less Than Lethal Team Leader of the Lake County S.W.A.T team.
  • Holds a bachelor's of Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from Youngstown State University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Cleveland State University.
  • Completed Police Administrative Leadership School, Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE) and FBI LEEDA Supervisor, Command and Executive Leadership training.
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Lt Michael DeCaro

Patrol Lieutenant

  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in October 2000. Served as a field training officer, detective, patrol sergeant, administrative sergeant, investigations commander, entry team member and evidence technician. Promoted to Patrol Lieutenant in April 2016. Also serves as the Field Training Supervisor and Evidence Room Supervisor. 

  • Team Leader of the Lake County S.W.A.T. team.

  • Holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Bowling Green University.

  • Completed Police Executive Administrative Leadership School and FBI LEEDA Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training. 

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Lt Larry Armstrong

Patrol Lieutenant

  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in July 2001. Served as a field training officer, Lake County S.W.A.T. team operator, patrol sergeant and administrative sergeant. Promoted to Lieutenant in May 2015 and also serves as the Detective Bureau Supervisor and Code Enforcement Supervisor.

  • Associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeland Community College.

  • Certified through the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) as a unit instructor.

  • Completed Police Executive Administrative Leadership School, the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program (CLEE) and FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.  

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Sgt Eric Miller

Administrative Sergeant 

  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in March 1995. Served as a field training officer, street crimes supervisor and Lake County S.W.A.T. team leader. Promoted to Administrative Sergeant in October 2002. Also serves as liaison with Painesville City Local Schools.

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin University.

  • Marine Corps Veteran.

  • Certified ALICE instructor and departmental Pursuit instructor.

  • Completed Police Executive Administrative Leadership School and FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.

  • Serves as Acting Chief in the absence of the Police Chief and Administrative Lieutenant.

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Sgt Michael Bailey

Patrol Sergeant

  • Sworn in as a PPD officer in June 1997. Served as a evidence technician, evidence room manager, entry team leader, member of the Lake County Weapons of Mass Destruction Team, member of the Northern Border Initiative with the Ohio Department of Homeland Security, task force officer with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, detective, detective sergeant, K9 supervisor and member of the department honor guard. Promoted to Patrol Sergeant in January 2015. 

  • U.S. Army Veteran.

  • Completed Lake County Sheriff's Leadership and Development class, Police Executive Administrative Leadership School, Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) program and FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.

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Sgt Josh Rogers

Patrol Sergeant

  • Sworn om as a PPD officer in January 2010. Served as a field training officer, detective and administrative sergeant. Promoted in April 2018 to Patrol Sergeant. Also supervisor of the Defense Tactics Program.

  • Associate's degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeland.

  • Completed Police Executive Administrative Leadership School and FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.

 

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Sgt Matthew Tycast

Patrol Sergeant

  • Sworn in as PPD officer in July 2010. Serves as a supervisor for the Field Training Officer Program and an instructor for pursuits and traffic stops. Promoted in March 2020 to Sergeant.

  • Member of the Lake County S.W.A.T..
  • Holds a Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Defiance College.
  • Completed FBI LEEDA  Supervisory, Command and Executive Leadership training.