The Operation Division of the police department is comprised of multiple units that provide 24-hour patrol and response within the town. The mainstay of the Division is the three Patrol Watches, which provide the basis of the agency’s law enforcement and emergency response service. Patrol Officers initiate preliminary investigations, investigate traffic collisions, and enforce traffic laws. Other units and assignments include the Training Unit, Field Training and Evaluation Program, mentoring, Aerial Support Team, Emergency Medical Services, Animal Control, Police Motors, mountain bikes, and Honor Guard. Additionally officers are assigned to regional efforts such as the Capitol Region Emergency Services Team including Tactical, Crisis Negotiations, and Dive Search and Recovery. There are approximately 35 employees assigned to the Division. It is the mission of the South Windsor Police Department Operations Division to protect and serve anyone within our precinct and region through professional, compassionate and proactive law enforcement.
Commander of Patrol Operations
Lieutenant Christopher Duchesne was promoted in April 2021 and assigned as Commander of the Operations Division. He has served with the South Windsor Police Department for 25 years, serving as a Sergeant for the last 7 years. LT. Duchesne has served as a patrol officer, a field training officer, an investigator with the Criminal Investigations Unit, an investigator with the Traffic Unit, a motor officer, a Sergeant serving as the evening shift patrol watch commander, and most recently as the Traffic Unit Supervisor and Local Traffic Authority Designee (LTA) for the town of South Windsor. LT. Duchesne holds a bachelors degree from Charter Oak College, has numerous Chief's Awards, two Distinguished Unit Medals, and a Life Saving Award. As Commander of the Operations Division, LT. Duchesne is a member of the command staff and oversees the 30 sworn police officers and 5 civilians within the division.