Patrol Operations Bureau

The Patrol Operations Bureau is comprised of 3 Divisions/Services: Patrol Division, Community Services Section, Animal Services and Canine Operations.  The Patrol Operations Bureau is under the command of a Captain who reports directly to the Chief of Police. The Captain is responsible for the overall efficient and effective management and administration of the Patrol Operations Bureau and exercises direct authority over the Patrol Lieutenants and the Community Services Section Sergeant.  The Patrol Operations Bureau has four Patrol Divisions/Teams, sometimes referred to as Patrol Watches. Each Team is commanded by a Lieutenant and is supervised by two Sergeants. Patrol Lieutenants report directly to the Patrol Operations Bureau Commander. Each Patrol Team is subdivided into squads comprised of a Sergeant and five assigned patrol officers. 

Patrol Division Primary Responsibilities

The Patrol Teams are charged with the primary responsibility of providing line level police services which include:

  • Preventive patrol
  • Crime prevention activities
  • Response to calls for service
  • Investigation of crimes, accidents, incidents and conditions, including the apprehension of offenders
  • Traffic direction and control
  • Maintenance of public order
  • Provision of emergency services
  • Service of legal process
  • Development of relationships between citizens and the agency
  • Reporting of information to appropriate agencies and organizational components

Parking Enforcement

Field Services Bureau also has responsibility for developing procedures, strategies and tactics for carrying out the parking enforcement function of the Department in collaboration with and support of the Field Services Bureau responsibilities related to parking. Parking enforcement includes evaluation of parking enforcement complaints, controlling parking areas and assigning personnel to efficiently deliver parking enforcement services; functional oversight responsibility for the enforcement of abandoned and junk motor vehicle laws that come under the Department’s jurisdiction.

Community Services Section

The Community Services Section encompasses Crime Prevention, the School Resource Officer Program, the D.A.R.E. Program and all community-based programs.  Go to Community Services Section

Animal Services Unit

The Animal Services Unit has the primary responsibility of investigating animal complaints, including but not limited to noise complaints, animal bites or other injuries, and violations of local and state laws and ordinances, as well as implementing community programs related to animal care and control. The Animal Services Technician reports directly to the Traffic Safety Section Sergeant.

Canine Operations

Canine handlers are assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau under the Patrol Operations Bureau Commander and supervisory officers of the patrol watch to which the handler is assigned. The principal duty of a police officer assigned as a canine handler shall be to serve as a patrol officer.