The Patrol Division is the core operational function of the police department. Patrol officers are the first responders to a wide array of calls for service and cover the streets 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The officers take great personal pride in doing their best to answer calls in a timely, professional and courteous manner.
The Patrol Command Team consists of a Major/Division Commander and four Captains/Shift Commanders. Twelve Sergeants oversee a team policing model that is staffed with 89 officers. Five Community Service Officers are also assigned to the division.
Officers drive black and white patrol cars which are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Each patrol car has its own computer that receives vital real time information to help officers respond to emergencies and other calls for service. The computers allow officers to complete reports in their car and enter them into our paperless system. The cars are GPS equipped with mobile video recorders.
Officers are provided top quality police gear, to include uniforms, a handgun, leather gear, a collapsible baton, chemical spray, handcuffs, a personal recorder and various office equipment needed to perform the job. The department has many other tools to assist the officer’s in their day to day activities to include less lethal weapons such as X-26 Tasers and bean bag shotguns.
Typical duties for a Patrol Officer
Provide community oriented problem solving
Patrol a designated area of the city to preserve law and order, discover and prevent the commission of crimes; enforce traffic and other ordinances
Respond to alarms, public service calls, traffic accidents and criminal activity
Photograph and collect evidence
Interview suspects, victims, and witnesses
Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed
Arrest and maintain custody of prisoners
Conduct breathalyzer tests and record results
Book and transfer prisoners to jail