Our Patrol Division is managed by the Captain and supervised by the First Sergeant of Patrol. The Division is made up of 2 squads divided into 4 shifts – each supervised by a Patrol Sergeant. The role of the Patrol Division is to provide law enforcement response to the community as well as proactive community policing and crime prevention, traffic enforcement, civil paper service and other civil assistance.
The deputies assigned to the Patrol Division work with all area Emergency Service providers such as Fire Departments, Rescue Squads, VDOT, Juvenile Intake, Community Services Board – as well as other law enforcement agencies serving the community: Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Park Police, etc.
When a citizen or visitor calls the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, the initial responding Deputy is assigned to the Patrol Division. Deputies of the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office who are assigned to the Patrol Division handle all of the initial investigative duties that pertain to calls for service in Westmoreland County.
These Deputies meet with the reporting person, interview witnesses and suspects, collect evidence, render first aid, effect arrests and conduct crash investigations. If a scene or criminal investigation is complex, the Patrol Deputy can request assistance from a specialized unit for additional investigative resources; however the initial case is worked by the Patrol Deputy.
Many Deputies have received specialized training in investigative techniques, narcotics detection and investigation, evidence recovery, police bicycle operation and crisis intervention team training (CIT) which enhances their response to our community. Patrol Deputies receive advanced training in Community Oriented Policing, Use of Force, Police Vehicle Operations and a myriad of other law enforcement topics. The Patrol Division also encompasses the K-9 Unit, Search & Rescue Team, School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit and the Animal Control Officer (ACO) Unit.