The Patrol Division is the uniformed division of the Wolcott Police Department. The division is commanded by the Patrol Captain. The daily patrol operations are supervised by 4 shift Sergeants. There are currently eleven (11) sworn police officers assigned to the Patrol Division and there are five (5) Police Cadets currently in the Waterbury Police Academy (pending graduation date is June, 2011).
There are currently three patrol districts in the Town of Wolcott which covers over 20 miles in land mass and services an estimated population of 16,500.
The Patrol Division is clearly the operational arm of the Police Department and typically provides the first response to citizen complaints and calls for service. A patrol officer is responsible for enforcing local, state, and federal laws as well as enforcement of Wolcott Town Ordinance. The primary function of the Patrol Division is to provide law enforcement services to the community, enforce traffic and noise regulations, investigate crimes, assist victims of crime, and maintain law and order. Citizen perception of the local law enforcement response and citizen interaction impacts the perception of the entire criminal justice system.
The Patrol Division conducts preventive patrol, participates in crime prevention activities such as the Neighborhood Watch and DARE programs, responds to calls for service, preliminary investigation of crimes and incidents, arrest and processing of prisoners, traffic direction and control, traffic accident investigation, and maintains public order. All of the Wolcott Police Departments sworn members are certified with the State of Connecticut as Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) and the Patrol Division is dispatched and responds to all medical emergencies. Each patrol car is equipped with oxygen, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), and a medical first aid kit. This vital first response equipment and training is a valuable asset to the community we proudly serve.