Our Patrol Division is the most visible and largest division of our agency. The Patrol Division consists of sworn deputies who are trained in every aspect of law enforcement to include emergency vehicle operation, use of firearms, defensive tactics, criminal law, arrest and patrol procedures, etc. Our Patrol Deputies respond to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, enforce traffic laws, investigate crimes and assist in crime prevention.
The division is responsible as first responders (POST Category I Deputies) for a geographic region of 153 square miles of county land. Within the city proper of approximately 57,000 persons, the area is broken into five distinct areas known as “beats” with an officer assigned to each on a shift basis.
The Patrol Division supports the administrations commitment to the Carson City School District by providing one patrol deputy and one DARE officer to the schools. These officers are full-time committed to the safety and welfare of each of the districts six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one adult education (high) school.
The departments K-9 program consists of three deputies with K-9’s; all three certified for drug detection and one being dual drug and patrol.
The division is called upon to answer over 18,000 calls for service per year. In 2010, this activity resulted in over 7,300 reports filed and over 2,500 arrests.
A traffic division assignment is from the Patrol Division. Due to budget cuts in 2010, much of the traffic enforcement assignments have suffered considerably.
As the county is the state capitol and is a combined municipality (city/county), officers assigned are often tasked to work with other jurisdictions. Other city law enforcement entities include the courts Alternative Sentencing Division. State law enforcement agencies operating within the county include Capitol Police, Legislative Police, Attorney General, Parole & Probation, Nevada Highway Patrol, State Fire Marshall, and Nevada Department of Prisons (Northern Nevada Correctional Center, Nevada State Prison, and the Stewart Conversation Camp). Most federal agencies operating in the area have their resident offices located in Reno, just 30 minutes away.