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Community Resource Services
33501 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012

Community Resource Services is a privately run, non-profit agency that assists families and individuals in need inMore Avon and Avon Lake. CRS provides emergency aid, information, referrals and advocacy, transportation for senior citizens as well as help and support for families in need. The agency, working under the motto, "People Helping People," relies heavily on donations and the efforts of volunteers.

The organization has become a mainstay in the community as a resource for those in need. CRS just expanded its offices to include more storage for items to be donated. Its signature fundraising event is the annual charity ball, held each January. Other events, including the Buckeye Bash are held throughout the year. CRS represents the Salvation Army in Avon and Avon Lake. To locate CRS' offices go behind the building that house the Post Office and Pizza Cutter. Look for the red, white and blue heart.

Avon Lake Police Department
32855 Walker Rd, Avon Lake, OH 44012

The Avon Lake Police Department maintains a staff of 45 personnel. This includes one police chief, four lieutenants,More four sergeants, one detective/sergeant, four detectives, 20 patrol officers, four full-time and five part-time dispatchers, one administrative secretary and an animal warden.

The department also staffs one K-9, Kimba. Several members serve on the county S.W.A.T. team.The department maintains a water and bike patrol, a motorcycle patrol, a K-9 unit and a School Resource Officer with an office at the high school. Officers are involved in the Lorain County Tactical Team and the Lorain County Drug Task Force. The department has watercraft for patrol and rescue including a police boat and a pair of jet skis shared with the Avon Lake Fire Department.

The department maintains an Honor Guard and hosts a popular community police program that allows residents to complete a hands-on course to learn how the department works. Despite the relatively small size of the department, the department, in addition to normal police duties, is very involved in community and county-wide services.

The police often provide safety tips and participates in community events, including the annual "Big Trucks" community events that allows residents to get up close and personal with safety vehicles.The department is located at the city's Safety Center on Walker Road. The newer facility houses several jail cells and a state-of-the-art communication system.

The department operates under Poice Chief David Owad and is under the jurisdiction of the mayor, who serves as the Safety Director.