Patrol Division consists of a
Captain that is
assigned as the division commander, four Lieutenants, four
Sergeants, four Corporals and fourteen Patrol Officers.
Officers in the Patrol Division are responsible for answering
service calls, enforcing traffic laws and investigating
collisions, warrant service, primary tactical response, and
Patrol Division is divided up into four watches/shifts, commonly
referred to as A, B, C, and D Watches.
Each consists of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, a Corporal and
three officers and they work
twelve-hour permanent shifts. In addition, there are
two officers assigned to work a split shift to provide maximum
coverage during peak hours.
patrol officers are ranked as Private, Private First Class or
Lance Corporal. Private First Class and Lance Corporal are
noncompetitive positions and are earned based upon merit and
time in service. Officers may receive a rank and/or salary
higher than entry-level (Patrolman) for law enforcement
certifications, college education, military service, and other
qualities desirable in police officers.
HERE for information
about employment with our agency). Patrol officers residing
within the city limits may have a patrol vehicle issued to them.
are issued all gear required for patrol duties including .40
caliber Glock, pistol mount flashlight, Stinger flashlight,
walkie-talkie, pepper spray, X-26 Taser, and body armor. New
uniforms are obtained annually.
patrol car is equipped with a radar, in-car camera, laptop
positioning unit (used for accident investigations),
a 12 gauge shotgun and Bushmaster .223
Assault Rifles, bars that cover the back windows which keep them
from being kicked out by prisoners, plastic "safety" seats
in the back to prevent contraband from being hidden, and a
partition/shield between the front and back seats. In
addition, the supervisor's patrol car is equipped with a Thermal
Imaging System and an Automated External Defibrillator.
is divided into four geographical areas with one officer
assigned to work each district and this is a permanent
assignment. The districts are numbered 1 – 4 and are
referred to by their number.
Click here to view the Patrol District Map.
At this time, the Lancaster
Police Department has two canines at its disposal. They
are trained in narcotics detection, officer protection, area
searches, article searches and tracking.