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, handling special assignments, and proactively addressing community concerns. Patrol Officers are responsible for protecting life and property, conducting preliminary investigations, helping to maintain peace, order and safety, and enforcing the Illinois Criminal Code, traffic laws, and City ordinances.
The Patrol Division is divided into 3 shifts in order to provide continuous, 24-hour police services. Each shift is supervised by a Watch Commander, Sergeant or Officer in Charge. The Department supplements traditional patrol units with Officers trained to perform specialized functions such as Evidence Technicians, Field Training Officers, and Canine Officer.
During 2015, Patrol Officers responded to 46,948 total calls for service concerning 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**