Chief Of Police
Chief Charles Colucci has served Canfield PD since August 1996. During his years of service, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Assistant Police Chief, and Chief of Police. Chief Colucci served as the Assistant Chief from June 2006 until he was selected as the Chief of Police in April 2009.
Chief Colucci has completed the Police Executive Leadership College and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive programs through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police – Law Enforcement Foundation.Chief Colucci is a member and the current President (4th Term) of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Executive Association. Colucci also served as a Field Training Officer and an instructor for Canfield PD for the disciplines of taser, emergency vehicle operation, STOPS, drug interdiction, and fitness instructor. Chief Colucci is a valley native, graduating from Boardman High School and continuing his college education at Youngstown State University. Chief Colucci attended YSU for both his undergraduate and graduate level studies, receiving a bachelor’s degree (Criminal Justice and Sociology) and master’s degree (Law Enforcement Administration)
Special Operations Division
Lieutenant Scott Weamer has served Canfield PD since March 2003. During his years of service, he has served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer (Mahoning County Career & Technical Center), Patrol Sergeant, and Assistant Police Chief. He also served as an investigator with the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force – Drug Task Force and is the Current Coordinator for the Mahoning County OVI Task Force. Lt. Weamer has served as the Assistant Chief since September 2010 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June 2021. Lieutenant Weamer oversees the dispatch center, school resource officers, auxiliary officers and the administrative clerks.
Lt. Weamer has completed the Supervisor Training and Education Program, the Police Executive Leadership College, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive programs through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police – Law Enforcement Foundation. Lt. Weamer serves as a member of the Mahoning County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and also serves as a Field Training Officer and an instructor for Canfield PD for the disciplines of firearms, defensive tactics, and taser. Lt. Weamer is a valley native, graduating from Western Reserve High School and continuing his education at Ohio Northern University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree (Pharmacy). Lt. Weamer is currently a thesis candidate at Youngstown State University in the Criminal Justice master’s program (Law Enforcement Administration).
Lieutenant Cristobal “Cris” Ruiz has served Canfield PD since September 1997. During his years of service, he has served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, and Detective. He has also served as an investigator for the Mahoning County Homicide Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in June 2021 and oversees the patrol and detective unit.
Lt. Ruiz has completed the Police Executive Leadership College and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive programs through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police – Law Enforcement Foundation. Lt. Ruiz serves as a Field Training Officer and an instructor for Canfield PD for the disciplines of Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and Radar. Lt. Ruiz is also an Ohio Police Officer Training Academy certified instructor who provides training to police cadets at area academies. Lt. Ruiz is an adjunct criminal justice faculty member at Youngstown State University.
Lt. Ruiz was born and raised out of state, but moved to the valley to continue his education at Youngstown State University. Lt. Ruiz attended YSU for both his undergraduate and graduate level studies, receiving a bachelor’s degree (Criminal Justice) and master’s degree (Law Enforcement Administration).
Patrol officers have a variety of responsibilities including traffic enforcement, accident investigations, responding to calls for service, conducting preliminary investigations into crimes reported, and responding to residential and commercial alarms. Patrol officers are also responsible for conducting vacation house checks, business checks, assisting with vehicle lock-outs, posting no parking signs, and assisting the Cardinal Joint Fire District with medical calls. All patrol officers are expected to engage with individuals and organizations within Canfield to forge community partnerships to solve community problems.
Patrol duties are divided into three primary shifts (Day, Afternoon, and Midnight). Primary shifts have staggered start times to provide overlapping coverage. Additional patrol shifts are frequently used to provide additional officers based on call volume and address community needs.
Investigative duties are assigned to detectives and officers assigned to specialized task forces in the valley. There are currently two detectives and one officer assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. The detectives conduct preliminary and follow-up investigations on criminal offenses which, in most cases, have been forwarded by the patrol officers.
The detectives receive training in the investigation of a variety of crimes including homicide, felonious assault, burglary, sex offenses, and others. Detectives are involved in gathering physical evidence and interviews, which can lead to the identification, apprehension, prosecution, and conviction of offenders. Some patrol officers receive specialized training in crime scene investigations and can assist, as needed, with evidence collection.
Detectives regularly confer with the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office for case review and guidance during investigations and also serve as a liaison with the Mahoning County court system. Canfield PD cites cases into the Canfield Mayor’s Court, Mahoning County Area Court #5 (Canfield), the Mahoning County Court of Commons Pleas, and the Mahoning County Juvenile Court. The current Canfield PD detectives are also members of the Mahoning Valley Homicide Task Force.
Due to a canine’s heightened senses of smell and hearing, properly trained police K-9s are a valuable complement to traditional police manpower. Police K-9s are utilized in building searches, area searches, tracking, narcotics detection, suspect apprehension, officer protection, situation control of civil disturbances, and public relation activities.
Canfield PD currently has two K-9 teams, each composed of a handler and their K-9 partner. All Canfield K-9s are certified by the State of Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the North American Police Work Dog Association. The current teams have assisted numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Northeast Ohio. When Canfield K-9s are not working, they live at home with their handlers.
Rocky (Officer Chad DeBarr)
K9 Rocky is a Dutch Shepherd, born in Croatia. He is a dual-purpose K-9, trained for narcotics detection, tracking, searching, and handler protection. Officer DeBarr and Rocky have worked together since May 2017 after completing approximately six weeks of training at Shallow Creek Kennels. Rocky loves to play fetch and loves his tug toy.
Nix (Officer Aaron Young)
K9 Nix is a German Shepherd, born in Slovakia. He is a narcotics detection dog, currently working with Officer Young on assignment with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Officer Young and Nix have worked together since October 2020 after completing approximately four weeks of training at Shallow Creek Kennels. In his free time, Nix enjoys walks and playing with his Kong ball.
Canfield PD K-9 Wall of Service
Thor (Officer DeBarr): 2010-2017
Zach (Officer Sroka): 2004-2010
Hammer (Officer Tarasuck): 1998-2005
Arno (Officer Rimmel): 1996-1999
The Canfield PD Bike Unit currently consists of seven specially trained officers. Their function consists of specialized patrol duties and public relations with residents, neighborhoods, and businesses throughout the city.
The Bike Unit will often be seen on duty for special events including parades, Halloween, and community events on the Canfield Green. During the summer months, officers will frequently be assigned to shifts within the neighborhoods to engage with the community and promote bicycle safety through the AAA program, Helmet Smart.
Canfield High School / C.H. Campbell Elementary School / Hilltop Elementary School
Canfield Village Middle School / C.H. Campbell Elementary School / Hilltop Elementary School
Mahoning County Career and Technical Center