The Bureau of Operations includes:
The Patrol Division
The largest organizational component of the Laurel Police Department is the Patrol Division. The Patrol Division is commanded by a Captain, Lieutenant and contains six (6) patrol squads and five (5) K9 units. A Sergeant supervises each squad. Patrol officers are dedicated to providing outstanding and dedicated community service and diligence in preventing crimes.
The Laurel Police K-9 unit consists of five K-9 teams. Each team is comprised of a specially trained canine and a police K-9 handler. They are subjected to the most violent and dangerous calls on a daily basis. All teams are trained in patrol functions (i.e. building search, tracking for criminal suspects as well as lost or missing persons, article search for evidence recovery, area searches and handler protection.) The K-9 teams are also cross-trained to detect eight (8) narcotic compounds including marijuana, hashish, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, opium, meth amphetamine and ecstasy. The department currently has five (5) K9 teams.
The Evidence Unit is responsible for the collection, preservation, and presentation in court of all crime scene evidence.
Cold Case Unit
In 2005, a volunteer Cold Case Squad was started through the efforts of retired local and federal law enforcement. The Cold Case Squad examines older criminal cases in an effort to develop suspects and locate possible witnesses.
The Special Operations Division is made up of the Criminal Investigative Unit, Special Crimes Unit, internal Affairs and Recruitment. The Criminal Investigative Unit is responsible for investigating all property and persons crimes. The Special Crimes Unit is primarily responsible for conducting investigations to disrupt illicit drug trade and collect drug intelligence as well as vice activity within the city.
Emergency Response Team
The Laurel Police Departments Emergency Response Team has been in existence since the early 1970’s. The primary purpose of the ERT is to support Patrol, Special Crimes Unit, and the Criminal Investigations Unit. Team members are responsible for executing high risk warrants, barricade situations, dignitary protection details, and training.
The mountain bike unit has two principal objectives. The first is to increase the interaction between police officers and the community. The second is to provide another form of transportation that, in certain circumstances, is more effective in crime prevention and enforcement efforts than walking a beat or operating a police vehicle. The program places officers in the neighborhoods, parks, and shopping areas where contacts with the public are high. The mountain bike unit currently consists of eleven specially trained police officers and ten fully equipped mountain bikes. At least one mountain bike officer is assigned to each squad, as well as one assigned to the street crimes unit.
Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Enforcement
The City of Laurel has an extensive number of crosswalks. One way to ensure the safety of our pedestrians is to disperse numerous fliers on cross walk safety. in addition to education enforcement it is also necessary to educate the public for the rights of the Pedestrian. These enforcement programs have substantially reduced the number of injuries to our citizens.
Police Ride-A-Long Program
The Laurel Police Department Ride-A-Long program provides opportunities for citizens and high school students to ride with a Laurel Police officer during his or her tour of duty. The program fosters a better working relationship between citizens and police and better understanding of a police officer's role.
The Laurel Police Department assigns a uniform patrol officer to teach students in the Laurel elementary schools on how to resist the pressure to use drugs and alcohol. More than 2,500 students have successfully completed and graduated from the D.A.R.E. program taught by Laurel Police Officers.
Mobile Data Computing (MDC)
Program provides accurate and timely field reporting. Silent Dispatch. Officer initiated queries into nationwide and local crime reporting computer system.
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