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Patrol Services is the largest Bureau in the Columbus Police Department. The Bureau provides a full range of emergency and non-emergency services to the entire city. The Bureau also includes a Directed Patrol Unit that is trained to handle special functions as well as normal patrol duties.

Patrol Services consists of officers who patrol the streets of the city and respond to calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is comprised of three 8-hour shifts, each commanded by a Captain. In 2012, patrol officers responded to over 400,000 calls for service. The Patrol Division operates three different precincts in addition to police headquarters.

Major Julius Graham
Major Julius Graham

South Precinct - 1441 Benning Drive

East Precinct - 4507 Buena Vista Road

North Precinct - 8395 Beaver Run Road

Sub-units such as Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Hostage Negotiation Team (H.R.T.) and the Mobile Field Force are comprised of members of the Bureau of Patrol Services as well as other divisions throughout the Department. These specialized and highly trained units are utilized in emergency situations.

The Motor Squad consists of highly trained motorcycle officers who provide traffic enforcement and motor vehicle crash investigation services.

The Hit and Run Investigations Unit specializes in those traffic cases where the drivers flee the scene to avoid detection.

The Bicycle Patrol officers are specially trained to provide a quick and quiet response to requests for police services. They are primarily assigned to patrol the Riverwalk / Fall Line Trace and the City Parks. They may also be used tactically in residential and business areas as needed. This unit also conducts many bicycle related safety campaigns in Columbus and the surrounding area.

The School Crossing Guard Unit is a group of trained civilians that provide safe pedestrian access to school properties. A Police Corporal manages them in a cooperative administrative arrangement between the City of Columbus and the Muscogee County School District.

Click here to view some the equipment used by the Columbus Police Department.