The deputies of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Patrol Division are the most visible representatives of law enforcement in the county. We are fortunate to have highly trained, professional men and women to serve the citizens of Hamilton County.
The Patrol Division of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office consists of the Patrol Division Commander, 4 shift lieutenants, 5 shift sergeants, and 32 full-time merit deputies who are assigned to one of 2 duty shifts:
Day shift, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Night shift, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The functions of the Patrol Division are many and varied.
To ensure police coverage in all areas of the county, the department divided the county into 5 geographical patrol beats. One deputy per shift is assigned to a particular beat, and when manpower permits, 2 deputies are assigned to beats which monthly statistics show have the most activity.
Response to Calls for Service
By far, the most common function of the Patrol Division is responding to citizens' requests for service. This is also the most challenging function as deputies are required to deal with situations ranging from administrative details to life threatening encounters all perhaps within 1 shift.
Investigation of Crimes, Incidents & Hazards
Responding to an incident/crime often requires more than just the physical presence of a deputy; it requires the officer to find the details, causes and effects of the incident/crime and to relate this information in a report. The deputy must also be able to testify to his/her findings in a court of law.
Traffic Direction & Control
Traffic control is one of the more vital functions of the Patrol Division. Traffic in neighborhoods and on busy thoroughfares is a major concern of the citizens; therefore, we receive many complaints and calls for service in this area. When manpower permits, we attempt to concentrate traffic patrols in problem areas.
Maintenance of Public Order
Fortunately, this function is not frequently required; however, the officers must be prepared to respond to large gatherings, demonstrations, and public functions where order must be maintained for the safety of all citizens.
When a crisis or disaster, public or personal, strikes, the Patrol Division officer is usually the first on the scene. The officer must provide first responder assistance whether medical, investigative, or public safety, in an efficient, professional manner.