For nearly 30 years, Bill Pelko has served the city of Elyria as a police officer. Now he wears the badge of Chief. Pelko joined us in the Petey Podcast studio in June to talk about assuming the role as Chief last year, and to catch us up on what's new with the Elyria Police Department, including body cameras for police officers and a text tip line called TIP411. Pelko talks about the importance of building relationships in the community and how residents can be active in community safety.
"We all love the city of Elyria, we want to see it prosper and the kids flourish. We're open 24-7, we encourage residents to call us if they see something or hear something. You can remain anonymous," Pelko said. "You need to take everything serious. Even if you think it's minor. Reach out to someone: the schools, police, there are lots of resources. Make that phone call. You won't have the weight on your shoulders for not saying something if something would happen. Reach out the professionals and let them handle it." Lots more, too, on this episode of Petey Podcast with Elyria Police Chief Bill Pelko!
In an emergency, call 911. Elyria Police Department Dispatch can be reached at 440-323-3302.
To send an anonymous tip via text message to the Elyria Police Department,
text the keyword TIPELYRIA and your tip to 847411 https://www.cityofelyria.org/department/police/tip411/