Patrol Division

Patrol officers are the most visible representatives of the Department and they are the first responders to incidents. They respond to events by being dispatched from the 911 call center or by viewing a situation as it is occurring. Patrol officers also get to know the area that they are assigned and the community members they serve within their beat. When not responding directly to calls, or providing backup to other officers, patrol officers use proactive time to combat ongoing crime problems in specific neighborhoods.
Because they come across a wide variety of incidents in their day-to-day work, patrol officers are given extensive training in many different skill sets and attend mandatory training throughout their careers. The Patrol Division accounts for two-thirds of the Portales Police Department's sworn staff and is the most visible to the citizens we serve.
The Patrol Division is broken up into two shifts.

Each shift is supervised by a Sergeant who reports to the Lieutenant. The Lieutenant reports to the Chief.

Shifts are 12 hours long.
All members of the Patrol Division are highly trained, State Certified officers, who are committed to community service. Entry level officers must successfully complete 24 weeks at a Law Enforcement Academy. In addition, all officers must attend continuing advanced training throughout the year.

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42427 US 70
Portales, NM 88130
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