Patrol Division

Patrol is the most important division of SWRPD. Patrol Officers respond to calls for service, conduct proactive crime prevention initiatives, receive and respond to complaints from citizens, conduct traffic surveillance and serve the public in many other ways. Patrol Officer must be versatile, understanding yet firm, and ever-vigilant.

The SWRPD Patrol Division is divided into the following ranks:

Many patrolmen spend a lot of time on their feet or seated in a police car. Their jobs can be stressful and potentially hazardous. Patrolmen must be able to meet to interact with the local population and develop positive relationships with citizens. These officers need to have sound judgment, integrity and be honest. Emotional stability and the ability to deal with people in high stress and potentially dangerous situations is also required.

A Corporal is a “shift supervisor” for a patrol shift. A Corporal is indicated by two stripes on the sleeve of the patrol uniform. Their responsibilities are the same as that of the Patrolmen, but with the enhanced supervisory responsibilities. Corporals also may receive special assignments as dictated by higher-ranking command.

A Sergeant is a mid-level leader with responsibilities of a zone or specialty unit. A Sergeant is indicated by three stripes on the sleeve of the patrol uniform. Sergeants perform patrol functions, but also delegate assignments to Corporals and Patrolmen.


A Lieutenant is a high-ranking Officer in SWRPD. Lieutenants may be in charge of an entire Sector, or may be assigned to be the head of a specialized division.

A Captain is a general manager of operations for the entire region. Captains report directly to the Chief of Police.

The Chief of Police is the highest ranking Officer in SWRPD. The Chief manages all operations of the region from administrative to general patrol initiatives. The Chief is the face of the region and is responsible for all aspects of management from public relations to personnel.

In SWRPD, every Officer is a basic Patrolman. This means that no matter the assignment, no matter the rank, all Officers must be prepared to answer a call for service. This is a basic fundamental principle to remind us that our interaction with the communities and the people we serve is the most important aspect of our operation.


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