Patrol Operations Division

Overview
The Patrol Operations Division is responsible for the day-to-day delivery of uniformed police services in the city.

These are the uniformed men and women that patrol the city's neighborhoods, respond to emergencies, engage in community policing projects, and support various community involvement programs.

The Patrol Operations Division is directed by a division chief and managed by two commanders. They are responsible for the overall direction, control, and coordination of field operations.

Community-Oriented Policing
The focus of the department is a community-oriented policing philosophy, which is problem solving in partnership with the community. Many calls for service are more effectively handled by focusing on the problem and planning for a long-term resolution.

Benefits to the community from this type of approach are:
  • Officers are able to spend more time working with citizens to solve crime and disorder problems
  • With better police-citizen communication, officers can more effectively use and share crime information with the public
  • Officers who know both a community's problems and its residents can link people with other public and private agencies that can help solve community concerns
  • No single agency can solve complex social problems alone - a combined community-police effort restores the safety of our neighborhoods and business districts
Watches
The division is composed of three watches, each staffed by two sergeants and 11-12 officers who cover 24-hour operations. Officers are assigned to one of four beats in which the city is divided. Two beats are assigned to a sector, East and West, which are divided along Kipling St. and Clear Creek as it runs east.