Support Services Division

The Support Services Division, supervised by Commander Tom Whelan, includes the Special Operations (Search and Rescue / Water Rescue), Records Management, Concealed Handgun Permits, Civil and S.M.A.R.T. (Systemwide Mental Assessment Response Team).

Civil Section

Pursuant to state statute, the Civil Section provides services such as Service of Process, Evictions / Writs of Restitution and Decree of Foreclosure / Writ of Execution / Sheriff’s Sales. For more information regarding each of these services, please visit the Civil Division page.

Concealed Handgun Permits

As directed by state statute, the Sheriff’s Office in each county is responsible for issuing concealed handgun permits to residents of that county. For more information regarding Concealed Handgun Permits, please visit Concealed Handgun Permits page.

Records Management

Records Management provides services such as background checks, copies of reports, processing ticket payments, and maintaining Summit County sex offender registration information. For more information regarding each of these services, please visit the Records Management page.

Criminal Investigations Section

The Criminal Investigations Section is responsible for investigating all crimes against persons and property. For more information, please visit the Criminal Investigations page.

Special Operations Section

The Special Operations Section provides specialized services such as Search & RescueWater Rescue and Boat Patrol. Search & Rescue and Water Rescue operate under the statutory authority of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. For more information, please visit: 


The Summit County Sheriff's Office has established the System-wide Mental Assessment Response Team (SMART) program. The goal of the program is to de-escalate situations that have historically resulted in arrest or hospitalization and to assess whether the person should be referred for local treatment services or a higher level of care. Both the SMART and STARR programs of the Summit County Sheriff's Office are tied together through a shared community based steering committee and shareholder group. For more information on how the SMART Team's helps our community, please visit the S.M.A.R.T. Team's page. 

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