The Patrol Division is the largest division in the Department with more than half of the commissioned officers assigned therein. Patrol officers work Beat assignments within a given District providing quality police service delivery. Officers currently work 12 hour shifts with duty assignments on either Days or Nights. Each shift is supervised by three sergeants - one for each District and one for the Jail.
Geographic Policing involves the assignment of public safety service providers to defined geographic areas or beats. This allows officers to build relationships with area residents and create partnerships with community organizations.
These partnerships build trust between local communities and police and increase officer insight when addressing recurring problems or recognizing developing trends in the area. Officers are able to actively involve citizens in the problem-solving process.
Geographic Policing requires a coordinated approach to problem solving by all ranks within the League City Police Department. All levels of personnel participate to ensure that daily, short-term, and long-term concerns are addressed. In addition to Department resources, the League City Police Department works with other city departments to resolve quality of life issues.
Officers responding to traditional emergency incidents use daily problem solving strategies in and around their beat. They work with Community Outreach Officers to mobilize neighborhood watch groups, educate citizens about current crime trends, and seek out resources needed to achieve long-term solutions.
Shift sergeants are assigned to Districts and are responsible for all beats within their district during a shift. Sergeants are specifically responsible for all short-term and long-term strategic planning and problem solving issues that may arise in their individually assigned districts.
The platoon lieutenants coordinate division-wide problem solving within their areas of responsibility and help develop and maintain partnerships and resources across all the geo beats.
The Bureau Commander, with input from the lieutenants, prioritizes problems across all districts and beats for long-range planning and allocating available resources to solve them. This helps to ensure the most effective utilization and deployment of city resources.