Staff field daily media inquiries and interviews, coordinate safety presentations and outreach events, and ensures clear, transparent communications to the public through Department reports, media releases, and management of the Police Department’s social media platforms.
The division is staffed with 75 officers, 13 sergeants, 3 Lieutenants, and 2 K9 officers. Officers work 10-hour shifts with four days on and three days off.
- Collecting and recording neighborhood traffic concerns;
- Selecting, assigning, and recording enforcement locations and activities; and
- Providing timely feedback to those individuals who have brought traffic concerns to the attention of the police department.
OPERATIONAL SUPPORT DIVISION
The goal of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program is to provide safe learning environments, provide valuable resources to school staff, foster a positive relationship with students and develop strategies to resolve problems that affect our youth with the goal of protecting all children so they can reach their fullest potential.
The FTOs train new officers for solo patrol after they have graduated from the basic police academy or were hired through the Department’s lateral officer program. Field Training Sergeants oversee each new officer’s training progress weekly. All FTOs volunteer for the assignment and dedicate themselves to educating, training and evaluating new officers.
Each new officer is required to complete five training cycles known as Steps. Each Step is conducted by a different FTO and consists of a multitude of tasks to prepare the new officer for solo patrol on the street. During each Step, the new officer is evaluated daily on his or her performance. At the end of each Step, the officer is evaluated before moving to the next Step. At Step Five, the new officer begins solo patrol until the end of their 15 month probation period.
“Junior” a German Shepherd, was introduced into the department in 2013 and is handled by Officer Kristina Haugen. In November 2017, the Department welcomed “Saudo,” a full-service Belgian Malinois, donated by the Mt. Zion Police Department. Saudo is handled by Officer Jonathan Kristensen and replaced K9 “Solo,” who served CPD since 2011.