Frequently Asked Questions

What is your address?​​​

Kent Police Department, 319 S. Water St., Kent, Ohio 44240.  (Map It)
We are located at S. Water St. and Haymaker Pkwy., directly across the street from Walgreens. Parking is off of E. Day Street. Follow the sidewalk along E. Day Street to the public entrance at the corner of S. Water Street and E. Day Street.

What are your hours?​​​

The police department is open 24 hours a day.
Records are available from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Evidence may be released by prior arrangement. Please call to schedule a date and time.

How can I pay a parking ticket?​​​

Pay parking tickets in person at
Budget & Finance, 930 Overholt Rd., Kent, Ohio 44240
Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.
After hours, there is a drop box near the entrance of Budget & Finance where payments may be made or tickets may be paid in person at the police department. Make checks payable to "City of Kent."

Can I pay for my parking ticket with a credit or debit card?​​​

How can I get a copy of my accident or case report?​​​

Accident reports are available on line - see Accident Reports Page.
  • In person -- Come to the police department between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.
  • By Mail -- Mail your request to the police department. Include a note providing the Report Number (CR#), the date the incident occurred and the name of at least one of the parties involved. Including the location of the accident would be helpful. Enclose a self addressed, stamped envelope.

Is there a charge for a copy of a report?​​​

There is no charge for copies up to 19 pages. After 19 pages, it is $.05 per page, including the first 19.

Where can I dispose of old drugs?​​​

There is a box in the parking lot of the police department where the drugs can be dropped off. It is a large grey box, similar to a postal mail box. It is located next to the handicap parking space. 
Drugs can be dropped off any time. Please remove the label from the bottle. No needles please.

What time is curfew?​

Curfew applies to anyone under the age of 18.
On Sunday through Thursday, curfew hours are from 11:00 PM until 06:00 AM of the following day.
On Friday and Saturday curfew hours are from 12:01 AM until 6:00 AM.​​​

What do the sirens mean?​

The City of Kent has emergency sirens that are set off during emergency situations. Most often, they are set off when bad weather approaches or other hazardous conditions exist. For further guidance see the Swift911 information below.
The sirens are tested twice a month, the first Wednesday of the month at 11:00 AM, and the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM. The sirens run for three minutes.
When an actual emergency occurs, the sirens will run for nine minutes.
Tornado Watch means conditions are right for a tornado to occur. 
Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted.

What time does the loud noise ordinance start?​

Between the hours of 9:00 PM until 8:00 AM of the following day, an officer may issue a citation if the noise can be heard beyond the property line. You may call about loud noise at any time outside this time frame, however you may be required to sign as a witness to the violation. Kent City Ordinance 509.12​​​

Where can I get a child's car seat inspected?​​​

The Kent Police Department does not inspect child car seats, but there are several nearby agenices that do. Click here to see a list of agencies that provide this service. T he information can also be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's NHTSA site.

What is Swift911?​​​

Swift911 is a computerized high speed notification system that uses telephone, email, text or pager to notify you of an emergency situation such as a severe storm, waterline break, evacuation need or some other dangerous condition. Click here for more information or to add or update your contact information in our database.

Do I need to file for eviction if I have someone in my house staying rent free?

The Kent Police Department does not handle evictions. The Portage County Sheriff's Office does. Please contact the Sheriff's Office at 330.296.5100 for further information.
If an individual is staying on the premises without a written lease AND rent free, that individual does not qualify as a tenant under Ohio law and therefore does not need to be given notice or an eviction order to be removed from the premises.
Under Ohio landlord-tenant law, a tenant is afforded the right to remain on the premises until and unless a lawful eviction order is filed against the tenant pursuant to ORC 1923, 5303 and 5321. The right however, may only be claimed if the person seeking its protection qualifies as a tenant. If the person and the homeowner do not have a written lease agreement OR an arrangement for the regular payment of rent, such person does not qualify as a tenant and therefore may be removed from the premises by the owner at any time without notice or filing for an eviction order. Police may aid the homeowner in removing the unwanted guest without any civil liability so long as police reasonably believed the person being removed was a houseguest, and not a tenant, at the time such removal took place.
Information provided by the City of Kent Law Director.

 Who should I contact to compliment an officer for his/her performance?  Who should I contact to complain about an officer's performance?

Accountability is an important aspect underlying everything we do at the Kent Police Department.  In fact, it is the top value listed in our Values Statement.  Likewise, it is one of the Department’s major goals-“To continuously evaluate and enhance our performance to better serve the community.” So feedback, both positive and negative, from the community is a critical piece in achieving that goal.  It is direct information about what our community members think we’re doing well, and where we need to improve.  In either case, the best way to go about it is to call the 24/7 non-emergency phone number (330.673.7732) and ask to speak to the officer’s shift supervisor.  While speaking directly with a supervisor is the most effective route, for your convenience feedback can also be sent via email to, where it will then be directed to the appropriate supervisor.  When emailing feedback, please include as much detail as possible, and indicate whether or not you’d like to be contacted by the officer’s supervisor.