The Patrol Division is staffed with 30 Police Officers, four Sergeants, two Lieutenants, and two Captains. The Patrol Division is broken down into three shifts with a Lieutenant and Sergeant supervising each shift. Officers on the patrol division work general patrol duties which include traffic enforcement, direction, and motorist assists. Also, officers are the initial response to calls for service, past occurred crimes, and in-progress crimes. Lastly, officers patrol the City of Gatlinburg to deter possible criminal behavior and maintain a safe environment for our visitors and residents. The Patrol Division handles more than 20,000 calls for service per year.
After graduating from a P.O.S.T. approved academy, successful completion of a fifteen week field training program, and gaining some experience as a patrol officer, a patrol officer can request to be trained in a number of specialties and be assigned additional duties.
Some of the additional duties include
- Tactical Response Team
- Crisis Negotiation
- Motorcycle/Traffic Officer
- Bike Patrol Officer
- Walking Patrol
- K-9 Officer
- County Wide Bomb Squad Member
- Property and Evidence
- School Resource Officer
- Meth Response Team
- Law Enforcement Training Instructor
Each of these assignments is explained further in the (Patrol Services) section
The Patrol Division utilizes regular patrol officers assigned to different types of vehicles to efficiently protect and maintain the City of Gatlinburg. The Police Department has Chevrolet Impala Sedans, Chevrolet Trailblazer SUVs, Dodge Durango SUVs, Harley Davidson Road King Motorcycles, and Specialized mountain bikes.