The uniformed patrol division is currently staffed by 20 officers and divided into three shifts or watches for 24 hour / 7 days a week coverage. The watches include: Midnights (11 p.m. - 7 a.m.), Days (7 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and Evenings (3 p.m. - 11 p.m.). Each watch is supervised by a Sergeant and/or Corporal.
The Department’s patrol personnel are first responders for all calls for service in the community. Patrol officers conduct initial and follow-up investigation of criminal incidents, respond to medical emergencies, animal problems and other miscellaneous calls for service. In addition to responding to calls for service, the patrol division works proactively to protect the citizens and property of South Windsor. The patrol division actively enforces the law, conducts traffic enforcement and engages the community in problem solving. The patrol division handles approximately 4000 cases per year and over 30,000 calls for service in a calendar year.
The patrol division prides itself on its professionalism, compassion and quality of service delivered to the community. The patrol division includes officers that have been trained as Emergency Medical Technicians and Emergency Medical Responders, Hostage Negotiators, former School Resource Officers, Traffic Crash Reconstructionists, Criminal Investigators, an Arson Investigator, Capital Region Dive Team Members, former SWAT team members and Rifle Team members, a Drug Recognition Expert, Narcotics Investigators, and former K-9 handlers. Many of our patrol officers are also state certified instructors. We have officers who have previously worked at Hartford PD, at Orlando PD in Florida as well as the York County South Carolina Sheriff office. In addition, there are several officers who hold state firefighter certifications.
Our patrol officers hold degrees from educational institutions such as the University of Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak College, University of Hartford, Bates College, Bryant College, Trinity College, Wheaton College, Roger Williams University and Bob Jones University. We also have several former members of the military, including the United States Army, Air Force and Marines.
It is the mission of the South Windsor Police Department Operations Division to protect and serve anyone within our jurisdiction and region through professional, compassionate and proactive law enforcement.