The Patrol Division is the backbone of our department. We currently have 14 officers assigned to patrol. Our Patrol officers work a 12-hour rotating shift. Each shift is led by the Shift Supervisor.
Our patrol officers are dispatched through SUSCOM (Sussex County 911 Center). Each call is recorded and documented by SUSCOM. Our patrol officers are the initial officers to every call for service. The primary objective of the Laurel Police Department’s Patrol Division is to provide prompt, adept service and protect the safety and security of all citizens.
The Patrol Division’s definition of providing Police services is a lot more than just writing a ticket or taking a report; it means working with the community to prevent crime, proactively address traffic and criminal concerns and work with our community to solve community concerns/problems. Our officers are also responsible for conducting business and community checks throughout the town during their shifts. Community Policing has become a huge part of our daily patrol duties.
During the Laurel School District school year our officers are encouraged to conduct school traffic control during the start of the school day and also when the school day ends. Our officers are to periodically walk the halls of each of our school buildings to engage with the students to develop a strong rapport with the students.