Patrol Division

Patrol Division ResponsibilitiesPatrol Car_201309031439541596The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service from the public, in addition to handling special assignments, self-initiated activities and addressing community concerns.

Patrol officers are responsible for the protection of life and property, and maintaining peace and order in the community. The Patrol Division helps prevent crime and gives a visible presence to the public that instills confidence and security. Patrol officers are responsible for the initial investigation of all crimes from traffic crashes to homicides.

The Patrol Division is commanded by the Deputy Chief of Operations.  The Patrol Division is divided into three shifts in order to provide 24-hour police services. Each shift is supervised by a Commander.
Our SpecializationSeat Belt Enforcement Zone_201309031439543315The department supplements traditional patrol units with officers trained to perform specialized functions such as that of the:

  • Field Training Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Bicycle Officer
  • Juvenile Officer
  • Breath Analysis Officers
  • Gang Officer
Community Service OfficersTwo community service officers act as an adjunct to the Patrol Division and assist the patrol officers with a dynamic range of tasks including parking enforcement, animal control, abandoned vehicles, private property crash reporting, traffic control and enforcement of ordinance violations.
Bicycle PatrolBicycle Officers_201309031448051626The department uses the skills of several well trained bicycle-borne police officers to patrol the parks, shopping areas, and neighborhoods. The bicycles are carried on the back of a police car as an extension of the vehicle itself, which provides an easy-to-access tool for the officer to "reach out" into the community or for him/her to patrol in a unique covert manner.

The bicycle patrol officers are trained and certified by the International Police Mountain Bike Association under the careful supervision of Sergeant Callese, a certified IPMBA trainer. The department has trained and certified other Lake, McHenry and Cook County Police Departments.