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Robert Carlson
(330) 872-5757

The Position – The Police Chief is a full-time, salaried working supervisor’s position, that is appointed by the City Council and works under the direct supervision of the City Manager.  A sworn, certified police officer with sole jurisdiction and control over the Newton Falls Police Department & its employees in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio and the department’s rules & regulations.  Responsible for efficiently managing the department & its resources, preventing crime, patrolling the community, enforcing and all applicable federal, state & local statutes, protecting & serving residents, taxpayers, & visitors, assuring law & order, protecting life & property, and special assignments.



  • Performs all of the duties & assumes all of the responsibilities of a police officer;
  • Establishes policies & procedures for the department;
  • Prepares & submits written reports to the Manager and/or council, as required;
  • Interprets & clarifies orders, laws & ordinances for assigned personnel;
  • Gives directions & responds to inquiries from the general public;
  • Represents the department and/or the City in a variety of community functions;
  • Operates a variety of vehicles, communications devices & equipment in the department;
  • Appoints, supervises & disciplines, up to the point of dismissal, all of the police officers and employees under his jurisdiction & control;
  • Assures the establishment, maintenance & accuracy of a variety of police reports & files;
  • Monitors & evaluates the performance of assigned subordinate personnel, the adequacy of assigned vehicles & equipment, the enforcement of departmental rules, regulations & procedures, and the enforcement of the federal, stat4e & City laws, statutes & ordinances.


The Current Police Chief – Robert Carlson is a 1966 graduate of Newton Falls High School and served in the U.S. Army Military Police from 1967 to 1969.  He graduated from the police academy at Youngstown State University and was hired by the City in 1971.  Robert was promoted to Sergeant in 1974 and then to Lieutenant in 1978.  He was hired as Newton Falls Police Chief in 1987.  Chief Carlson has received training in many fields from the state to federal level.  He has attended classes at several universities, colleges, technical schools, and courses through F.B.I., Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Police Academy.  Chief Carlson is presently an instructor for the Ohio Police Academy. 


Other Police and Law Enforcement Information


Ohio State Highway Patrol - Trumbull County
* also serves as headquarters of the seven-county Warren district in Northeast Ohio *

Warren Patrol Post
3424 State Route 422
Southington, OH 44470
phone: (330) 898-2311

Niles Driver Examination Station
5555 Youngstown-Warren Rd
Unit 203
Niles, OH 44446
phone: (330) 544-5404
Open Tuesday through Saturday