The Patrol Division is the largest sworn division in the Sheriff's Office. It is led by Captain Dave Gerber, and supervised by 6 sergeants; 2 on each of the three patrol shifts. The 54 men and women in the patrol division answer calls for service from the most routine to the most serious, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Uniformed patrol deputies operate the squad cars you see patrolling your Interstates, Highways, County roads and residential streets. Their responsibilities include, but in no way limited to:
- Assisting Citizens
- Business and House Checks
- Emergency Calls for Service
- Rescue Calls
- Responding to Car Crashes
- Traffic Enforcement
- Transporting Prisoners
- Writing Reports
They are the first responding deputies to all calls for service. Deputies make arrests, collect evidence, issue citations or warnings, perform CPR and other emergencies, first aid, etc.
Municipal Police Support
Additionally, the Patrol Division is called upon to augment and support the municipal police agencies in Walworth County who may be unavailable to respond to calls and patrol their areas for a variety of reasons, such as court appearances, training or other obligations. The smaller municipal police agencies may only have a single officer on duty, and we are called to assist them with calls for service acting as a backup officer. We take all calls for service and perform routine patrol in these Cities, Villages, and Townships when municipal police officers are unavailable.
The patrol deputies are the ones who arrive when a caller frantically dials 911 and begs for help. They are the men and women who rush into burning buildings to rescue trapped residents. They breathe life back into the frail bodies of struggling infants and pursue lawbreakers who wreak havoc on the public. Deputies weather temperatures that may climb over 100 degrees or drop to well below zero. Over the course of a career, deputy sheriffs will rub shoulders with the elite, the hard-working laborer and the derelict who is broken in body and spirit.
The deputies will mingle with the rich and poor, young and old and sick and well. From youngsters to senior citizens, people rely on the uniformed sheriff's deputy for advice, help and sympathy.
Patrol deputies also serve on special teams/units when they are not performing routine patrol functions. Additionally, our deputies provide traffic control, traffic enforcement, and law enforcement services at Alpine Valley Music Theater during the scheduled concerts.