The East Windsor Police Department Patrol Division, commanded by a Lieutenant and reporting to the Operations Commander, is the backbone of the agency. Their vital mission includes responsibility for proactive and reactive efforts emphasizing protection of life and property, suppression of crime, enforcement of laws and ordinances, apprehension and prosecution of offenders, service to the community, and the safe, expeditious flow of traffic.
The Patrol Division consists of 3 shifts (working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year in all conditions) that are responsible for police operations within the five villages comprising the Town of East Windsor through officers being assigned to patrol districts. This includes directed patrols toward prevention of criminal activity and traffic accidents, maintaining public order, and the identification of hazard and safety concerns.
Traffic safety is an important concern of many East Windsor residents and business people, and it is of equal concern to the East Windsor Police Department. The Patrol Division is responsible for our traffic safety and enforcement initiatives. This also includes our Selective Traffic Enforcement Program referred to as STEP. Officers will focus directed traffic enforcement and safety initiatives in various areas of Town, reported by concerned citizens, in an effort to reduce traffic complaints and improve safety. The purpose of traffic law enforcement is to reduce traffic accidents and injuries and to facilitate the safe and expeditious flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic through the public’s voluntary compliance with traffic regulations. The Patrol Division accomplishes this important goal through a combination of education and enforcement.
Another function of the Patrol Division is to investigate traffic accidents that occur within our jurisdictional boundaries. Depending on the severity, some traffic accidents may be investigated by patrol officers or METRO Traffic Services. METRO Traffic Services is a regional organization that consists of officers from East Windsor, Enfield, Manchester, South Windsor, Vernon, Coventry and Glastonbury. This team of officers is called in to assist with serious and fatal motor vehicle crash scenes that occur in participating towns, as well as to assist during large enforcement events such as DUI checkpoints and seat belt spot checks.
Patrol Division Vehicles:
The Patrol Division operates a wide variety of patrol vehicles to support the mission of providing public safety to our community. Patrol officer may patrol in fully marked sedans and SUVs, low profile cruisers, or unmarked police vehicles. The units are primarily Ford Interceptors and Dodge Police cars. The patrol Division also has access to trucks and four wheel drives for off road investigation or complaints, and a fully outfitted mobile command center.
Ancillary Patrol Division Functions:
Our patrol division is staffed by highly trained, educated, and dedicated women and men with a deep appreciation of customer service as a main goal. Department Police Officers, staffed out of the Patrol Division, will also perform parking enforcement duties related to parking restrictions established by ordinance, state law, and safety concerns or complaints made by the public. Our Police Officers hold many collateral assignments in specialized areas to include members of our regional SWAT team, regional METRO Traffic Division, Field Training Officer, Fleet Maintenance, IT Services, Accreditation, and other special programs or assignments.
The East Windsor Police Department Patrol Division is a cohesive team working together with the community and each other, often under difficult conditions, to keep the Town of East Windsor safe and secure.