The Uniform Patrol is comprised of four shifts totaling 36 sworn deputies, the Desk Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant and Captain. Each shift is supervised by a 1st Sergeant, Corporal, and Master Patrol Deputy, and work 12 hour shifts, from either 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, or 7:00pm to 7:00am, and do not rotate between days and nights.
The Patrol Division serves the community in a number of ways, primarily focusing on 4 areas of responsibility- answering calls for service, checking residential and business properties, performing patrol requests on locations where citizens have asked for additional deputy presence, and enforcing traffic laws where applicable. Other responsibilities of the Patrol Division include serving civil papers and arrest warrants, answering questions from the general public, assisting motorists and others in need, and observing suspicious or criminal activity and taking action to keep the community safe.
The Patrol Division Lieutenant is responsible for the Reserve Unit, which consists of up to 7 Reserve Deputies, who have the same authority as full-time sworn deputies, but are volunteers and do not receive a salary.
Reserve deputies volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a month plus 1 training day a month, after completing a lengthy Reserve school hosted either by the Sheriff’s Office or Tri-County Technical College. Reserve deputies either ride during the shift with another deputy from the shift, or may patrol on their own after performing a minimum of 240 hours of time with another officer. Reserves assist in answering calls or any of the other responsibilities of the patrol officers, and save the Sheriff’s Office thousands of dollars annually in salary and overtime costs.