The Patrol Division is the most visible and recognizable unit of the police department, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Patrol officers are first responders who provide proactive police patrols, enforce federal, state, and local laws, traffic laws, city ordinances, and report offenses. In short, Patrol performs initial investigations into offenses and prevents and deters crimes through their presence.
Patrol functions are segregated into an assortment of specific assignments and duties which include, but are not limited to the following:
• Traffic enforcement
• Motor vehicle crash response
• Bike patrols
• Foot patrols
• Escort and peace-keeping details
• Emergency call response
• Medical emergencies response
• Burglar alarm response
• Commercial and residential building checks
• Domestic violence intervention
• Preliminary investigations
• Crisis management
• Appearing in court
In order to effectively provide coverage throughout the city, the Patrol Division utilizes three shifts that work in 10-hour rotations with day, evening, and overnight coverage. Additionally, the city is geographically split into a North, South, and West sectors to ensure total city coverage through any 24-hour period. During a shift, Patrol Officers are assigned to a specific sector for that day and are rotated to other sectors throughout the week.

Patrol Officers are assigned to both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles. Their vehicles are equipped with emergency lighting and radio systems, in-car video cameras, computer terminals and a variety of other enforcement tools and patrol equipment.

All Officers—regardless of their assignments, designations and specialty units—undergo a rigorous field training program. Officers must meet and exceed training expectations and demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of law enforcement.

For more information on the Patrol Division or to ask a specific patrol-related question, contact the police department’s non-emergency number at 361-592-4311 at any time and ask to speak to an on-duty supervisor.