The Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC) is a consortium of 40+ local area police departments and law enforcement agencies, including the Norwood Police Department. These agencies work together to provide unique and highly specialized law enforcement resources to all of its member communities. This regional support system allows the communities involved to have access to some outstanding services, forces and equipment.
Law enforcement agencies are faced with an insurmountable number of unique crimes, emergencies and possible disasters. It is unreasonable, and financially impossible, for every community to be fully trained and equipped for every possible situation. Therefore, local communities have banded together, with organizations such as MetroLEC, uniting to help each other and making us all safer in the end. The member communities acknowledge that certain critical incidents call for a law enforcement response that may exceed the capabilities of any one single agency. Now they can call on the assistance of MetroLEC for such situations.
MetroLEC consists of several operational components, comprised of personnel from throughout the MetroLEC communities. These units receive specialized training and equipment and are available to assist any one of the member communities in their time of need.
The council currently operates six unique divisions:
- Canine Unit (K9)
- Computer Crime Unit (CCU)
- Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT)
- Mobile Operations Motorcycle Unit (MOP)
- Regional Response Team (RRT)
- Special Weapons & Tactics (SWAT)
- Tactical Mountain Bike Unit (TMBU)
The Computer Crime Unit is located in the second floor of the Norwood Police station. Lieutenant Sarah Lyden serves as the Officer in Charge and Off Jurewich and Off Conlin serve as Forensic Examiners.
Sgt. Payne, Sgt. Sweeney, and Officer McGowan are active members of the MetroLEC Special Weapons & Tactics team.
Officer Baguma serves on the MetroLEC Crisis Negotiation Team.