Patrol Division is the backbone and largest division of the police department. It is responsible for responding to all calls for service, completing incident and accident reports, motor vehicle and parking enforcement, and community policing efforts in coordination with the community policing unit. Patrol Supervisors ensure officers are prepared and assigned tasks for their tours of duty. Patrol Squad Telecommunicators are the vital hub that connects the community to the Patrol Officers. They field all walk-ins, 911 phone calls, and general inquire phone calls. Patrol Squads are dedicated, motivated, community oriented officers who focus on assisting the public.
The Patrol Division is the largest and most visible organizational unit within the Department and provides the bulk of policing services to the public. The Patrol Division provides a staff of highly trained and qualified officers that work 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year.
The primary mission of the Patrol Division is emergency response, crime prevention, preliminary investigations, proactive patrol and traffic enforcement. The Patrol Bureau is the primary response unit to every emergency call within the borough, from fire alarms, fires, medical calls, power outages, etc., they are dispatched and respond first prior to any other emergency or non-emergency service called.
Officers in the patrol division utilize marked or unmarked patrol vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, and foot patrol to interact with the public. They can be seen in the center of town during busy periods of the day, at the many recreation fields when events are occurring, and patrolling the residential neighborhoods as well as out main thoroughfares throughout the day and night.
The Patrol Division is comprised of four squads with a total of twenty four personnel. Each individual squad is comprised of one Sergeant, four patrolmen, and one dispatcher. The squads work twelve hour shifts, four days on and four days off, rotating two weeks from 7am to 7pm, and two weeks from 7pm to 7am. There is one Lieutenant to command 2 squads.
Patrol Division Commanders are Lt. Matthew Gatzke and Lt. Karl Svenningsen