The Patrol Division is the most widely recognized division within the Crestview Police Department. Uniformed members of the Patrol Division drive marked patrol vehicles and are the primary responders to calls for service. Typically, when a citizen dials 911 or calls the Police Department to request the assistance of a Police Officer, a Patrol Officer is the first to respond to the scene.
Patrol Officers currently work three rotating shifts. The day shift operates from 6AM- 5PM, the mid shift operates from 7:30PM-6:30AM and evening shift from 2PM-1AM. There are a total of six (6) patrol squads, each commanded by a Sergeant. The Patrol Sergeants are John Cook, Ray Harp, Don Howe, Mike Leadmon, Bryan Lewis and Brian Muhlbach.
During their shifts, Patrol Officers are typically called upon to identify, pursue, and arrest criminals, investigate criminal offenses ranging from ordinance violations to felonies, enforce traffic laws, and resolve problems and disputes. Patrol Officers must have an in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of the law and possess strong observation and communication skills.
During the first quarter of 2014, Patrol Officers responded to a total of 8,136 calls for service. These calls for service ranged widely from 911 Hang-Ups and Traffic Complaints to Thefts and Burglaries, Violent Crimes and Disturbances. A total of 197 arrests were made and 626 traffic citations were issued during the first quarter.