Patrol Division

patrol-officer-website-copy2The Patrol Division is spread out into three patrol districts, which assigns specific officers to each district. One officer is selected on a rotating basis to serve as "Team Leader" for each district. The Team Leader coordinates all specific directed functions within that district.The Patrol Division is spread out into three patrol districts, which assigns specific officers to each district. One officer is selected on a rotating basis to serve as "Team Leader" for each district. The Team Leader coordinates all specific directed functions within that district. Each Team Leader also coordinates all action requests from citizens who have special requests such as extra patrol, and other enforcement efforts aimed at increasing individual involvement by the officers. The purpose is to increase the role of each officer in community policing and strategic enforcement efforts. New technology was added in 2008 including squad video camera systems that provide valuable evidence when it comes to traffic enforcement. This system provides video of actual violations as they occur that will aid in prosecution of offenses. The audio portion also records necessary conversations that the patrol officers have with suspects, victims, and witnesses. Also added was a new records management system that includes additional functionality for the officers through the mobile computer systems. Officers are able to obtain information from dispatch and the State much quicker when it comes to answering calls for service and obtaining drivers license and registration information. The police department will be able to obtain and utilize more accurate data that can be used strategically in deploying resources within the community. Additional technology for includes a Field Based Reporting System that will only speeds up the writing of police reports, but also improve communication with prosecutors, and an electronic ticketing system that creates a citation with the swipe of a driver's license. All changes in technology are secured to help officers not only work better but smarter as well. The department has also implemented Roll-Call briefings, where officers gather for a few minutes at the beginning of their shift to obtain information from the previous shifts happenings and intelligence information aimed at keeping officers safe. The exchange of information during the Roll-Call briefings has increased communication between officers and supervisors which has led to increased arrests for crimes committed in the City of Owatonna. Theseimg_5466 briefings also serve as a forum for training covering things such as policy and procedure, officer safety issues, defensive tactics, and many other targeted areas in which officers need to stay proficient. At the roll-call the officers are given a "HOT SHEET" which has information regarding warrant arrests, extra patrol areas, traffic detail assignments, training, stolen vehicles, missing persons, runaways, and an area for other information that is beneficial to their duties on the street. Also utilized is the new "e-briefing" system which is an electronic hot sheet that is accessible from the squad cars. Again this improved technology has not only helped officers to do more but to also work smarter in their quest to make the streets of Owatonna safe.