The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau is the most visible part of the agency’s law enforcement services. Their distinctive green uniform and green and white vehicles patrol the entire county 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each patrol deputy has the latest technology in both emergency and communications equipment. A deputy is the first responder to all law enforcement calls for service – which total more than 100,000 each year. In any given day, the spectrum of assistance that patrol deputies provide ranges from giving directions to full-scale emergency response.
All of the agency’s patrol vehicles are equipped with laptop computers and 800 megahertz radios. Many of those same vehicles are also equipped with video cameras, radar units and Print Search Mobile units to help quickly identify fugitives with the touch of a suspect’s finger. Patrol is the most versatile and the most visual component of the Sheriff’s Office.
The agency’s civilian Public Service Aides support patrol efforts by responding to some non-emergency calls so patrol deputies can remain available for more serious calls for service, or providing additional assistance for emergency calls so deputies can focus on law enforcement duties. PSAs can often be seen providing traffic control and assisting disabled vehicles.
The agency's Tactical Unit functions as part of patrol and is tasked with the identification, disruption and displacement of prolific offenders throughout the county. The Unit works closely with the Special Investigations and Criminal Investigations Sections, the Intelligence Unit, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit and other local, state and federal agencies. The Tactical Unit also augments patrol by focusing on especially problematic areas, conducting surveillance and apprehending offenders where necessary to reduce the incidence of crime.