Contact Information:Capt. M. Vance
The Patrol Division is responsible for the daily response to calls and the proactive enforcement of laws. In general, when a citizen sees a police car driving around, a patrol officer operates it. Patrol Officers are the "first line" of defense against crime and disorder. They are generally responsible for neighborhood, business and street patrols. They respond to everything from car crashes to identity thefts, from robberies to homicides and everything in between. In addition to responding to calls for service, they also proactively enforce traffic laws such as speeding, financial responsibility (insurance) and registration violations. They also serve warrants, locate intoxicated drivers, and help to get guns and drugs off the streets. However, they also spend time as problem solvers, assisting with code enforcement action and citizen complaints. The Patrol Division's mission is to prevent crime and disorder through active enforcement of the laws and problem solving.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of available manpower, the department has moved to a 12-hour patrol shift format. Patrol is divided into six shifts: Early Days, Late Days Days-Swing and Nights-Swing, Early Nights and Late Nights. This structure ensures that there are always officers on patrol in their assigned districts, even during shift changes.
Under the 12-hour Shift Format, there are three Squads assigned to both Days and Nights. Each squad has a Lieutenant who acts as the Shift Commander and Sergeants who act as Shift Supervisors. There are always at least two patrol supervisors on duty at any given time in addition to the assigned patrol officers.