The Patrol Division is responsible for safeguarding the lives of individuals and their property, reducing criminal victimization, and the fear of crime, while enhancing public safety and the overall quality of life in the community. The division is led by a captain and two lieutenants, who establish the goals, provide vision and direction, as well as managing and overseeing all essential functions.
The Patrol Division provides uniformed police services, responds to calls for service, conducts officer-initiated investigations, maintains public order, engages in crime reduction strategies and conducts traffic enforcement. The division is also responsible for conducting follow-up investigations, collecting evidence, identifying crime trends, and suspects in criminal cases, which enhances clearance rates and convictions. There are several specialized units within the Patrol Division, which include the Community Policing Unit, the Crime Suppression Team, Marine Patrol, Traffic Safety, K-9, Beach Specialists and School Crossing Guards.