Field Operations

Document (5)Responsibilities
The Field Operations Division is the largest of all divisions and comprises more than 80% of all employees. This division is responsible for the direct response and investigation of crimes. The heart and soul of the Field Operations Division is the uniformed police officer who is responsible for providing citizens with 24 hour, first responder services. These men and women work nights, weekends and holidays, in good weather and in bad.

Public Interaction
The officers of the Field Operations Division respond to all types of calls, from parking complaints to homicides. When not answering calls for service, officers are responsible for self-initiated activity in enforcing our laws and preventing crime through their interaction with the public. As with all employees, field operations personnel are directly involved in problem-solving and building strong, positive relationships with those they serve.

Uniform Patrol

The Uniform Patrol section is the most visible of all police service units. This section drives all other police operations and is the first to respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Members of this section routinely perform preventative patrols, conduct preliminary investigations of crimes, enforce traffic laws and promote safety in the town. Uniform patrol officers are also tasked with conducting daily residential and business checks.

Patrol is divided further into two platoons commanded by a Lieutenant. Each platoon is comprised of two patrol squads supervised by a Sergeant. Each squad works a 12 hour shift. This structured organization allows for clear chain of command, communication laterally between shifts and ensures seamless work transitions. The start of each shift begins with a briefing where officers receive pertinent information such as wanted persons, runaways, missing persons, reported crimes and issues that may have occurred within a community during a prior shift. This information allows the officers the ability to effectively deal with re-occurring issues arising across different work periods.

Working with the Community
The Uniform Patrol section is comprised of dedicated men and women who are driven to maintain safety and well-being through effective problem solving, and community involvement and interaction. The department is dedicated to and holds a strong belief in the community-oriented policing philosophy. Officers actively engage the public for their input into matters concerning them personally and the neighborhood where they live. Working together with community members and business owners, our officers are able to promote the safety and well-being of our community to make Cornelius a great place to live, work, and visit.