Preventative Patrol
To ensure police coverage in all areas of the county, the department divides the county into 3 geographical patrol areas. Typically one deputy per shift is assigned to a particular area, and when manpower permits, more deputies are assigned as needed.

Response to Calls for Service
By far, the most common function of the Patrol Division is responding to citizens' requests for service. This is also the most challenging function as deputies are required to deal with situations ranging from administrative details to life threatening encounters all perhaps within 1 shift.

Investigation of Crimes, Incidents & Hazards
Responding to an incident/crime often requires more than just the physical presence of a deputy; it requires the officer to find the details, causes and effects of the incident/crime and to relate this information in a report. The officer must also be able to testify to his/her findings in a court of law.

Traffic Direction & Control
Traffic control is one of the more vital functions of the Patrol Division. Traffic in neighborhoods and on busy thoroughfares is a major concern of the citizens; therefore, we receive many complaints and calls for service in this area. When manpower permits, we attempt to concentrate traffic patrols in problem areas.

Maintenance of Public Order
Fortunately, this function is not frequently required; however, the officers must be prepared to respond to large gatherings, demonstrations, and public functions where order must be maintained for the safety of all citizens.

Emergency Services
When a crisis or disaster, public or personal, strikes, the Patrol Division officer is usually the first on the scene. The officer must provide first responder assistance whether medical, investigative, or public safety, in an efficient, professional manner.