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Barnesville Police Department
Police Chief David Norris
132 North Arch Street
Barnesville, Ohio 43713
Emergency Number: Call 911
Non-Emergency Calls: 740-425-1976


The Barnesville Police Department, located in the municipal building at 132 North Arch Street, currently serves the community with seven full-time police officers and three full-time dispatchers. David Norris, who became Chief of Police in January of 2006, leads the department. He has been in law enforcement since 1986 and has been employed with the Barnesville Police Department since 1991.

The police department participates in the OLLEISN network, which shares information with other Ohio agencies and OHLEG, Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, which is a law enforcement information aid. The department answers on average 5,000 calls a year and make approximately 1,200 arrests. The department has a close working relationship with the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department. The police department’s main priority is keeping the community safe.

The department has implemented the use of a police officer into the Barnesville School system. The officer’s interaction with the students brings a better relationship between the youth and the police department. The officer holds several safety and educational programs throughout the year, which includes bicycle safety, stranger danger, seat belt and gun safety and drug awareness. One of the more popular programs is with “Safety Pup” who assists the officer in teaching the local pre-school and Library Story Hour classes how to use 911. These programs are made possible with donations from the community and the State of Ohio. Tours are given throughout the year to school students, boy and girl scouts, and various kids clubs with the jail and police cruisers being the most popular points of the tour.

The department participates in the Belmont County Business Showcase where Childsafe gun locks are distributed free of charge to the public. A Krispy Kreme Doughnut fundraiser is held in October, benefiting the department’s child safety programs and the Barnesville 3 C’s Cancer Group. The department also helps sponsor activities at the Barnesville Memorial Park, which include summer outdoor movies and an evening of Halloween themed events in October for the community.

The police department’s non-emergency phone number is 740-425-1976 or in emergencies by dialing 911.



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