About Us

Sheriff Harold Pretel

photo of Harold PretelSheriff Pretel has over 30 years of law enforcement experience.

He served as deputy chief of homeland special operations with the Cleveland Police Department. In that role, he oversaw the bureaus of Special Investigations, Special Services and Homeland Services. During his time with the city police department, he was awarded the Medal of Heroism, the Distinguished Service Medal, a Special Commendation and several Community Service Awards.

Pretel served in Japan, Korea, and California as a Military Police Officer for the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of Corporal.

He received an associate degree from Cuyahoga Community College, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Baldwin Wallace University, a master’s degree in social administration with a concentration in Community Development from Case Western Reserve University, and a master’s in security studies, Homeland Security, and Defense from the Naval Postgraduate School.

What We Do

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff Department is responsible for:

  • Local police assistance
  • Court security
  • Jail operations
  • Detective bureau
  • Narcotics task force
  • Offender unit
  • SWAT teams
  • Marine patrol
  • Service of warrants and subpoenas
  • Foreclosure sales
  • Human Trafficking Task Force

Fiscal Information

The mission of the CCSD's Fiscal Department is to make sure that tax dollars are spent prudently and judiciously while assuring that identified needs are fulfilled as expediently and cost effectively as possible.

Human Trafficking Task Torce

The CCSD supervises & houses the Northeast Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force which covers the counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula.

Sheriff's Total Budget by Division

*numbers in millions

Sheriff Chart

Submit a Tip about a Crime

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office encourages the submission of information to aid in the apprehension of wanted fugitives.


Report a Concern about the Sheriff's Department

The Internal Affairs Unit is dedicated to investigating criminal acts and/or policy violations that are committed by employees of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department.


Contact Information

In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

General Information
(216) 443-6000

Court Security
(216) 443-6210

Crime Stoppers
(216) 443-7234

Detective Bureau
(216) 443-6130

Electronic Monitoring Unit
(216) 698-2120

Human Trafficking Task Torce
(216) 443-6085

Impact Unit
(216) 443-2050

Internal Affairs
(216) 698-2235

Justice Center Security
(216) 443-6211

(216) 443-6059

Offender Unit
(216) 443-5577

Records/Warrant Division
(216) 443-6100