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Operations Bureau

Assistant Chief Terry ZeiglerThe Operations Bureau is commanded by Assistant Chief Terry Zeigler. It is the uniformed component of the police department that performs the primary function of patrol duty - accounting for the largest number of the Department's sworn officers.

Exemplifying the true pride and tradition of the Department, the Operations Bureau is marked by a philosophy of teamwork. The bureau's patrol function, in its simplest terms, is the prevention and deterrence of criminal activity and the provision of day-to-day police service to the community. The work performed by officers of this bureau is massive in its scope. Their mission is to protect life and property, to prevent and suppress crime, and to preserve the public order, all in the effort to maintain a safe and pleasant environment for the citizens of our community. These are the officers who are most likely the first to respond to any call for service. They quell disturbances, write reports and conduct preliminary investigations regarding criminal activity, investigate traffic accidents, and apprehend violators of state and local laws, among other things. Unlike departmental members assigned to specific tasks, the uniformed patrol officer must be knowledgeable and proficient at a variety of tasks. Practicing the concept of community oriented policing, the uniformed officers are highly trained in recognizing neighborhood concerns in addition to criminal activity. Officers assigned to this bureau are the most visible symbols of all city services and are considered the foundation on which other police services are delivered.

Officers typically are assigned to a particular shift (days, afternoons, or midnights) at one of the four patrol divisions: East Patrol, Midtown Patrol, West Patrol, or South Patrol. Each of these divisions is further subdivided into districts that are patrolled routinely by marked police vehicles. The Operations Bureau consists of:

  • East¬†Patrol
  • South Patrol
  • West Patrol
  • Midtown Patrol
  • Community Policing
  • School Resource Officers
  • Alarm Coordinator


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