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The Patrol Division is under the command of Patrol Lieutenant Art Smith. The division is the largest and most visible of all the Police Department’s operational units. Officers are assigned to one of four patrol teams, two daytime shifts, and two nighttime shifts and 2p-2a relief officers complement each team. Each team is supervised by a Patrol Sergeant and works a 12-hour shift to provide 24-hour services to the community.

Through the cooperation and assistance of residents, business operators, and visitors, the patrol division responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, as well as self-initiated activities and extra patrol requests. The primary responsibility of patrol officers is the prevention and investigation of all criminal and traffic related matters in the village. Personnel also help protect property and personal safety, render aid, mediate disputes, assist with civil matters, and assist other law enforcement agencies and village departments when necessary.

Many common tasks, which previously had to be done in the station, are now accomplished in the officer’s squad car, due to advances in technology. Officers can complete traffic crash and CAD reports, review in-car video, and check criminal and driver’s license history from their squads.

Some officers have specialized areas of training and serve in the following capacities:

  • Financial Crimes
  • Traffic Enforcement
  • Overweight Truck Enforcement
  • Field Training Officer
  • Tactical Team Member
  • Car Seat Safety Technician
  • Firearms Instructors
  • Taser Instructors
  • Self Defense Instructors