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The Patrol Division is the largest component of the police department and is staffed by a combination of forty police officers and supervisors.  Responding to emergency calls and performing crime prevention or tactical investigation duties, the members of the division are divided among four patrol shifts, a crime suppression team, and the K-9 unit. For increased mobility, and to adhere to the department’s Mission statement by working in partnership with members of the community to address quality of life issues, officers patrol neighborhoods and the downtown corridor using marked patrol cars and police bicycles. The primary objective of the division is to strategically patrol the city and to respond to approximately 50,000 annual calls for service. In addition to emergency response duties, the officers are also deployed to target areas and perform directed patrols at specific problem locations that are identified through the generation of complaints or through the use of crime analysis data.  Intertwined with defined patrol duties, members are also responsible for traffic control, processing minor crime scenes, assisting other agencies, and responding to unpredictable events such as natural or man-made disasters.

The Crime Suppression Team (CST) is a proactive tactical unit that is attached to the patrol division and staffed by one sergeant and three officers.  Being responsible for addressing crime trends or being deployed in target areas, the team initiates based on problems that are affecting the community and use investigate techniques and approaches to resolve the issues. The variety of work addressed by the team includes robbery, burglary, narcotics violations, and prostitution.  To help deter criminal events the team also monitors known offenders. 

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