The Patrol Division consists of an authorized strength of 40 police officers assigned to the Dayshift, Earlyshift (2nd shift) & Lateshift (3rd shift). The patrol division is commanded by a Lieutenant (Shift Commander) and
two Sergeants. These supervisors are responsible for all police operations during their tour of duty.
The Patrol Division engages in aggressive patrol and crime prevention; it conducts preliminary investigations
of most crimes, and the complete investigation of others; it prepares reports relating to crimes or incidents and makes arrests
accordingly. The Patrol Division provides a variety of services to the public, and generally functions as a guardian of public peace. Patrol officers are also
called upon to respond to mutual aid requests from other communities. In addition to their daily duties, Patrol Division personnel perform a variety of
specialty functions which contributes to the overall mission effectiveness of the department.
Evidence Technicians: Specially trained officers serve as evidence technicians. They are responsibile for the preservation and
collection of physical evidence at crime scenes. Additionally, evidence technicians identify and inventory physical evidence; take
photographs and measurements, draw rough sketches of the scene, and complete reports relative to the crime or accident scene.
Evidence Technicians receive extensive classroom and hands-on training in photography, latent fingerprint collection, physical
evidence identification, preservation and collection and overall crime scene processing.
Field Training Officers: A Field Training Officer (FTO) is a patrol officer who has been trained as an FTO and is recognized for his or
her experience, proficiency, and training. The FTO is responsible for the training and evaluation of the probationary officers assigned
to them. The FTO is required to submit daily observation reports to the program supervisor on the progress of the probationary officer.
Technical Accident Investigators: Technical Accident Investigators are patrol officers who received extensive training in traffic
accident investigation, accident reconstruction and vehicle dynamics. These investigators receive their training from organizations
such as the Traffic Institute of Northwestern University and the Wisconsin State Patrol. Accident Investigators are responsible for the
investigation, measurement and diagramming of serious motor vehicle crashes.
Because of the City's unique layout, patrol officers are responsible for policing
three of the state's most heavily traveled thoroughfares, US 241/South 27th Street, County U/South 76th Street and State Hwy 100/South 108th Street. With
hundreds of thousands of motorists traveling through the City each day, patrol officers spend a significant amount of time responding to traffic crashes and
performing traffic enforcement duties. A team of specially trained Technical Accident Investigators stand ready to respond to the most serious accidents.
Patrol officers use high tech equipment such as RADAR and LASER speed monitors to enforce traffic laws.