318 N. Court St. Opelousas, La 70570
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The patrol division is the “backbone” of the department. These men and women are generally the first responders regarding calls for service. These services rendered could be as simple as jump starting a car or, as horrendous as a being the first to arrive on the scene of a murder. The patrolman must provide a detailed report of the incident which gives the prosecutor and or the judge a clear indication of the events of the incident.
The patrolman may not be able to complete the investigation, which is another important reason why his/her report must be detailed enough to give the investigator the ability to complete the investigation. They are the men/women who protect your life and property while you are asleep, at work, or on vacation.
The patrol division has undergone advanced training in accident investigation, felony traffic stops, fingerprinting, drug interdiction, D.U.I., firearms, officer survival, and domestic abuse, all of which are so important in keeping both the officer and the public safe. Patrolman are all provided a lap top computer to complete both incident and accident reports. Statements/traffic tickets are virtually the only documents that will be hand written. The patrol division is continuously advancing its technology which allows for a more efficient officer. These men and women understand the importance of being proactive demonstrated by their aggressive patrols of both the residential and business community.
The patrol division like every other division within OPD, take pride and understand
their role in enhancing the quality of life for the citizens of Opelousas. The patrol
division is responsible for twenty four hour patrols of the city which consist of
twelve hour shifts for two weeks at 0600-
OPD patrol division consists of four teams (A, B, C, and D): OPD Patrol Team consists of a Lieutenant, Two Sergeants, Five Patrolman and Two Dispatchers.
Each team is commanded by a Captain.