The Patrol Division is where everyone begins their career after graduating from the police academy. It is the most visible component of the department and most likely the first contact that citizens will have with the police. Their primary duty is working rotating shifts to cover 24/7 response to 911 calls. Other duties include:
Accident response & investigation
Assist the Criminal Investigation Unit during major incidents
Pursue and apprehend felons
Community policing within an assigned region
Manage & direct traffic during vehicular crashes and special events
Officers assigned to the Patrol Division have the most citizen contact of any component of the Police Department. Keeping in mind that we safeguard the communities within New Castle County, patrol officers are encouraged to interact with citizens. Positive interaction with local residents reinforces the departments' mission that law enforcement and the local communities share the same goal of keeping New Castle County a safe environment for everyone.