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, and report offenses. In short, Patrol performs initial investigations into offenses and prevents and deters crimes through their presence.
In order to effectively provide coverage throughout the city, the Patrol Division utilizes four shifts responsible for different geographic regions of the city. The patrol shifts work in 12-hour rotations with both day and night shift coverage.
Additionally, the city is geographically split into an East, West, and North sectors that operate off of staggered times to ensure total city coverage through any 24-hour period.
Patrol officers are just one part of the Patrol Division. In addition to the officers who respond to calls, there are many specialized units that operate under the division's control. A few of these units include:
- Field Training Officer (FTO) Program
- Special Operations Unit (SOU)
- Traffic Unit
For more information on the Patrol Division or to ask a specific patrol-related question, contact the police department’s non-emergency number at 972.292.6010 at any time and ask to speak to an on-duty supervisor. You may also contact one of the division's watch commanders.