Police Department

The Warren Police Department, which was established in 1867, continues to perform its function of serving and protecting the citizens to the best of its abilities. Our dedicated, professional police force of 70 men and women recognize that the people in our community are our most important customers, and they work in partnership with all people to solve problems that affect public safety.

This is also accomplished by collaborating with citizens and neighborhood and community groups to better understand the needs of the community so that we may develop solutions to problems and provide efficient responses.

Through a cooperative working relationship with our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, we take a proactive approach to law enforcement knowing that partnerships and cooperation are needed to ensure protection of persons and property.  

As Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure that our community is provided the best possible law enforcement services. To this end, I am dedicated to making sure all police related services are provided in an efficient, effective and professional manner.  

I am proud to serve with these dedicated, professional co-workers to complete our police mission in order to “protect and serve” our community for those who live and work here.


Eric J. Merkel
Chief of Police



Biography of Chief Eric J. Merkel

Chief Merkel is a 24 year veteran with the Warren Police Department, starting his employment with the City of Warren in January of 1995. After being promoted through the ranks, he was sworn in as Chief of Police in June of 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kent State University and a master’s degree in police administration from Youngstown State University. Chief Merkel is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy (FBINA) Session #227, the Law Enforcement Foundation’s Police Executive Leadership College (PELC) Class 59, and one of 444 police officers in the State of Ohio who have successfully completed and achieved the designation of Certified Law Enforcement Executive (CLEE) Class XX through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.



Warren City Police Department on Facebook

The Warren Police Department maintains a Facebook page to increase communication with the public. If you have a comment or question related to public safety, please feel free to get in touch!