The patrol division is made up of two sergeants, four corporals, sixteen patrol officers. We have two platoons that are supervised by the sergeants and the corporals, under the command of the captain. Each platoon works ten hour shifts with five days on and four days off. The patrol schedule rotates every twenty-seven days.
It is the function of the patrol division to provide pro-active patrol and efficient response to reported incidents, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, within the City of Festus. As the "backbone" of the department, the patrol division is charged with preventing criminal activity, protecting life and property, preserving the peace, check suspicious persons and vehicles, investigate crimes and offenses, and make arrests. The patrol officer has many different roles, they act as a protector, law enforcer, investigator, counselor, problem solver, peacekeepers, and an interpreter of the law.
The patrol division works to achieve these goals through preventative patrol. Our officers make their presence visible to serve as a deterrent to criminal activities through out the city.
The patrol division fleet of vehicles consists of Ford Crown Victoria, the Ford Tarus, and Chevrolet Tahoes. The entire fleet is equipped the same with visible markings down the side and full light bars on top.