The Patrol Division is the largest component of the police department and is responsible for responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service from the public. Patrol Officers are responsible for protecting life and property, conducting preliminary investigations and helping to maintain peace, order, and safety in addition to enforcing the Illinois Criminal Code, traffic laws, and City ordinances.
The Patrol Division is divided into two 12-hour shifts in order to provide continuous, 24-hour police services. Each shift is supervised by a Watch Commander and/or Sergeant. The Department supplements traditional patrol units with Officers trained to perform specialized functions such as Evidence Technicians, Field Training Officers, and a Canine Officer.
In 2018, Patrol Officers responded to 49,905 total calls for service for criminal offenses, traffic crashes, alarm activation, disturbances, traffic complaints, and other miscellaneous events.
**Any call requiring dispatch of an officer, whether emergency or not, should be made to 911**