Uniform patrol is often referred to as the back bone of law enforcement. The first arriving responders to law enforcement calls for service are the men and women of uniform patrol. Uniform patrol provides a variety of services, from developing proactive strategies to deter crime, to investigation, traffic safety, as well as providing residents and visitors a safe place to live and play.
Uniform patrol serves on a 24 hour basis. Patrol is staffed by a total of 54 public safety officers divided into four squads. Each squad is supervised by two patrol sergeants and is staffed with eleven officers. Squads are on-duty for a twelve hour period of time. The men and women of patrol offer a number of specialties including: crime scene technicians, bike patrol, K9 and motor officers.
Patrol officers are assigned areas of responsibility based on geographic based policing principles. Officers are assigned to permanent shifts (time) and areas (place). Officers take ownership in their areas and are encouraged to develop community partnerships, and address quality of life concerns.
Beach Patrol Officers train and supervise the city’s seasonal lifeguards. Beach Patrol provides police services, responds to medical emergencies and conducts water rescue operations along the city’s nine miles of coast. They aim to keep our beaches safe.
The Criminal Investigations Division is staffed by Detectives who handle long-term investigations on a wide variety of cases. Detectives perform latent print processing and operate an Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).