Patrol Division

Division Overview
The Patrol Division continues to strive for service excellence as they deal with a wide variety of activity. In addition to handling calls for service and self-initiated activity, community policing remains a high priority with efforts concentrated on high visibility patrols and interaction with local businesses. Officers remain vigilant in preventing criminal activity as they patrol in cars, on motorcycles, foot and bicycles.

Focus
Criminal and traffic law enforcement and accident investigation are just some of the areas that officers focus on each day. Preventing and displacing crime through walk patrols, bike patrols, business and vacation checks, all contribute to making the City of DeKalb a safer town.

Staff
The Patrol Section consists of 2 Commanders, 6 Sergeants, 3 Corporals, and 35 Patrol Officers. One officer is assigned to the Administrative Division half of his shift. Patrol shifts are 10 hours in duration and officers are assigned to 1 of 3 shifts.

Within this division is:
  • Bike Patrol
  • Canine Unit
  • DeKalb County Special Operations Team (SOT)
  • Domestic Violence Unit
  • Motor Unit
  • Resident Officer Program
School Crossing Guards
School crossing guards are trained on legal and proper procedures each year before school starts. There are 19 adult crossing guards at 16 school crossings throughout the city. There are also 6 substitutes available when the regular guard is not able to work for any reason.

Parking Enforcement
Parking law enforcement in the downtown business district was accomplished by the parking patrol officer until 2008. These duties are now distributed amongst the patrol division and community service officers.

Community Service Officer
In 2002 the DeKalb Police Department began a Community Service Officers (CSO) program. The CSO is a non-sworn part-time civilian member of the Police Department responsible for various functions within the department. They assist sworn officers by performing non-hazardous law enforcement duties that had traditionally been handled by sworn officers. Though still willing to provide a vast array of services to the community, sworn officers have the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on more serious problems.