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The Patrol Division is the largest division within the Police Department. Its primary responsibility is to provide uniformed law enforcement service to the community.

Uniformed police officers are generally the first contact a citizen has with a law enforcement agency. These initial contacts will frequently leave the citizen with a lasting impression of the department and it is our intention to make that impression a positive one. Our mission is to provide the highest quality law enforcement service in the most effective and efficient manner possible.

Patrol Structure

The Patrol Division is commanded by a Police Captain, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patrol is divided into 7 Teams of officers, who work a specific Watch.

Each Watch is commanded by a Police Lieutenant and each Team is supervised by a Sergeant.

Each Team has two Crime Scene Investigators (CSI). They are uniformed officers whose primary function is the collection and preservation of evidence at crime scenes. Evidence includes latent fingerprints searches, photography, and collection and packaging of other physical evidence. They also perform the normal duties of a patrol officer when not engaged in crime scene work.

Each Team also has a Field Training Officer (FTO), who is charged with the responsibility of training new officers who graduate from the Police Academy. They have additional responsibility for covering all Team training evaluation of new employees. They wear a small corporal insignia on their collar.

The City is divided into 6 Beats. Officers are assigned a specific Beat during a 1 year assignment. Click the "Community" link to find out more about Beats and Beat Coordinators.

The Patrol Sergeants are responsible for direct field supervision of the officers. In the absence of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant will assume the title of Watch Commander. The Sergeant's primary mission is to oversee the daily activities of the officers under their direction and to be a resource for training and coordinator of field activities.

The Assistant Division Commander is a Lieutenant who is the adjutant to the Captain and has the responsibility for managing many of the specialty units within the division.

These specialty units are:

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016